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Deanna Lee
Deanna Lee is the Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, overseeing communications strategy—including media relations, programmatic dissemination, publications, and public engagement—and Corporation web initiatives and the development of new distribution channels. Previously, she was the VP for Communications and Marketing at The New York Public Library. In 2011, she launched the groundbreaking Biblion: The Boundless Library Apple Hall of Fame iPad education app.

Deanna also served as VP of Communications at Asia Society, following a 20-year career in broadcast journalism. As overseas producer for ABC News Nightline, she worked in the former Yugoslavia, Israel and the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Australia. In Africa, she covered famine and the U.S. deployment in Somalia, the election of Nelson Mandela, and AIDS in Uganda. In Asia she reported on global environmental, health, and demographic concerns; and covered the death of Deng Xiaoping, the Hong Kong handover, and the resurgence of Shanghai as a world financial center. Deanna was a Senior Producer at ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings then Charles Gibson. She is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards and one duPont-Columbia Award.

A native of Seattle, Deanna is first generation Chinese American. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in Music, and English and American Literature. She serves on the boards of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and the New York Piano Society. In May 2013, Deanna was elected to the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

Entries by Deanna Lee

The Power of Words...and Girls

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 7:21 PM

On a warm summer evening in Bedford, New York, surrounded by rolling hills and a warm audience of supporters, the girls introduced themselves, in all their diversity and honesty: "I'm yellow." "I'm white." "I'm caramel." "I'm bi."

The bullied girl who found school "the scariest place to be," who...

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Thank And Remember A Teacher

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2015 | 10:45 AM

My boss, the inimitable Vartan Gregorian, remembers with great detail most every teacher he had from a very young age. (If you don't believe me, read his memoir, The Road to Home.) This week, as we celebrate both Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother's Day, I'd like to call out "The...

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Yes We Can: The Power of International Education

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 5:24 PM

When Barack Obama reached out in his Grant Park acceptance speech "to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores" -- proclaiming "our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared" -- he also reached a special group of American youth who couldn't be more excited about the world's and...

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The Sleeping Giant in American Politics

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2008 | 3:34 PM

Look at Asian Americans today, says Paul Ong, "and what you're seeing is the awakening of the new sleeping giant in politics. The question is, how fast are we going to become a meaningful force?"

Ong is the principal investigator of "The State of Asian America: Trajectory of Civic and...

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Beijing Diary

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2008 | 9:42 PM

Heading out of Beijing after the Olympics, I'm struck by the "new China" I've seen. Beijing was of course spectacularly clean, colorful and welcoming for the Games. But what has really made an impression on me -- from visits to schools, workplaces and homes -- is a China that does...

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A Chinese American at the Olympics (or, an American Chinese?)

(11) Comments | Posted August 19, 2008 | 12:40 AM

Wow...what a feeling to arrive in Beijing in the middle of the Olympic Games.

I was curious to see how much I would really feel "part" of all the fervor. This is my first trip to China in over ten years. Even before, try as I might I never...

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