Jaeah Lee


Jaeah is an independent journalist in San Francisco and an inaugural recipient of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize. Her story "After the Shooting" won the 2018 PEN America Los Angeles Literary Award for Journalism. Jaeah was a 2017 senior fellow at Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism—a program supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Ford Foundation—and a 2017 restorative narrative fellow with Images and Voices of Hope. She serves on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association's San Francisco-Bay Area chapter.

Jaeah was previously a staff reporter at Mother Jones, where she covered policing after Ferguson, and wrote about criminal justice, income inequality, and race, among other subjects. Her work has been featured in major national outlets including The Atlantic, Guardian, Huffington Post, Wired, Christian Science Monitor, Global Post, MSNBC, and Democracy Now. As a 2013-14 Middlebury College Environmental Journalism Fellow, Jaeah spent a year investigating China's emerging fracking industry and its ties to international oil companies, which led to a feature story in print and a multimedia package online. In a former life, she researched and wrote about China at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jaeah's work has won awards from the Online News Association and Society of Professional Journalists, and named a finalist in the National Magazine Awards and Data Journalism Awards. She's spoken at conferences including the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Asian American Journalists Association, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, and Exceptional Women in Publishing.

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