May 24, 2021
Gina Rubel goes on record with May Lee, award-winning journalist and host of The May Lee Show, to discuss AAPI Heritage Month, her journey to becoming an award-winning journalist, what experiences have had the greatest impact on her career in communications, and what inspired the launch of The May Lee Show.
At the start of 2020, May partnered with NextShark, the leading Asian online news source, to launch “The May Lee Show”, a podcast/video program focused on Asian and Asian American issues and stories.
Prior to “The May Lee Show”, May was the LA-based correspondent for international network CGTN-America. She covered news, politics, business, and entertainment throughout Southern California and beyond.
May is also the founder and CEO of Lotus Media House, a media company that she started in Singapore and produced original programs including “The May Lee Show”, the first pan-Asia talk show for women. May’s international experience as a broadcast journalist began in 1992 at Japan’s NHK network. Then, May became the first Korean American to become a news anchor for CNN, first as the Tokyo Correspondent and then the main anchor for CNN International in Hong Kong.
In 2000, May joined the dynamic new women’s network, Oxygen Media, founded by Oprah Winfrey as one of its main talk show hosts. She headed back to Asia in 2004 to join CNBC Asia as the primary anchor.