About

 

Hello, my name is Ellen Lee.

I am always on the hunt for a good story.

I love the thrill of discovering new people, places and ideas, particularly those that have been overlooked in the past.

Over the years, I've cut my teeth on all kinds of stories, including an E. coli outbreak, affirmative action, tech addiction, wedding planning, Web 2.0 in China and the best apps for new parents. As a reporter for the Contra Costa Times, I led the team's coverage of Oracle's hostile takeover of Peoplesoft, which won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award. I've also had a front row seat as new technology and startups emerge from Silicon Valley, particularly as a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.  

My journalism career started as a student at UC Berkeley, where I studied English and music and wrote for the independent college newspaper, The Daily Californian. I later honed my craft at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, and as an intern/staff writer for The Washington Post, The Oregonian and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association, I have served as president of one of the non-profit's largest chapters and as a national governing board member. I am currently a board member of EWIP, Exceptional Women in Publishing. And I'm the mother of three children and an old and feisty orange tabby.