Deanna Lee has spent her career working across communications, journalism, new media, and public engagement. Currently senior adviser to Carnegie Corporation of New York, she served as its Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer until 2016, when she became a visiting artist/writer at the American Academy in Rome. As Vice President for Communications and Marketing at The New York Public Library, she created and launched Biblion: The Boundless Library, Apple’s 2011 free Education iPad app of the year.
Professor Lee’s work in broadcast journalism spanned 20 years. As ABC Nightline’s overseas producer, she reported and produced stories from throughout the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Australia. In Africa, she covered famine and the U.S. deployment in Somalia, Nelson Mandela’s election, and AIDS in Uganda. In Asia she reported on environmental concerns, the death of Deng Xiaoping, the Hong Kong handover, and the resurgence of Shanghai as a world financial center. Eventually serving as a Senior Producer/editor at ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, she is the recipient of eight news and documentary Emmy Awards and a duPont-Columbia Award. In 2013, she was elected to Harvard University’s Board of Overseers.