Jennifer 8. Lee ’99
Jennifer 8. Lee received her degree in applied math and economics at Harvard University, where she was vice president of The Harvard Crimson. She then went to Beijing University for a year on a Harvard-Yenching fellowship and studied international relations.
She played a lead role in the Knight News Challenge, a $25-million initiative to support news innovation, and was a producer in News Foo camp, a collaboration between O’Reilly Media, Google, and Knight Foundation, and has worked to bring journalism content to the SXSW Interactive.
In addition, she is one of the lead organizers of Hacks/Hackers, a rapidly expanding group that brings technologists and journalists together, as well as a trustee of the Awesome Food chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which gives microgrants to further awesomeness in the universe.
She sits on boards of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the Center for Public Integrity, the Institute on Higher Awesome Studies, and the Nieman Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Committee and the Public Radio International digital advisory committee.
She was a reporter at The New York Times for nine years, where she covered technology, Washington, crime, poverty, and culture. She is the author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, on how Chinese food is all-American, which has been featured on the New York Times bestseller list, on TED.com, and the Colbert Report.
NPR has called her a “conceptual scoop artist.” She was user 1324 on Facebook and has her own version of the reddit alien (also known as “snoo”). She was listed in the Esquire “Women We Love” issue in 2003. She has a worldy well-traveled purple hippo named Hubba Bubba, whose adventures can be found at roaminghubba.com.