September 12, 2014 14:10
A Korean-born journalist has been promoted to senior vice president and managing editor of CNN International. Ellana Lee (43) will oversee all CNN programs beamed into 380 million households, the broadcaster said.
Lee told the Chosun Ilbo that her background as a Korean and a woman helps her in the job. She said it is a "blessing" to have been raised in Korea, where educational opportunities for women are encouraged.
Since joining CNN as a producer in 1997, Lee was put on the fast track, being promoted to head news producer for the Asia-Pacific region in 2004 and becoming the youngest managing editor of CNN International Asia Pacific in 2006.
CNN said Lee won kudos for leading coverage of the Fukushima earthquake, typhoon Haiyan's impact on the Philippines and the Sewol ferry tragedy.
Graduating from an international school in Korea, Lee studied international relations at Georgetown University and received a Master’s in Journalism from New York University.
She interned at CNN while studying journalism and went on to work there full-time after graduation.
"I slept just a few hours for the first three years at CNN to work at the early morning news program and learned to stay physically fit despite the crazy hours, wake up sources in the early hours of the morning for interviews and cheer my colleagues on," she said.
"I don't remember any day when I worked less than 12 hours."
She added that she gets rid of stress by going back to her family in Korea every two months to eat a home-cooked meal.
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