Department of Communication

Joann Lee


Office:   Hobart 203
Phone:   973-720-2667
Office Hours:  

Department: Communication
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Journalism and Asian American Issues in the Media, Media Ecology

BA, City College of New York
MSJ, Columbia University
Ph.D. New York University, Culture and Communication/Media Ecology

Chair, & Professor, Communication Department, William Paterson University, 2005-2011

Dean, & Professor,  Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno.   

Director of Journalism, Associate Professor, Queens College, (City University of NY) Flushing, NY

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, N.Y.C.

Adjunct Instruct­or, Dept. of Journali­sm, New York Universi­ty

First New York Correspondent, Cable News Network, New York Bureau

General Assignment Reporter, WNEW TV NEWS, New York, New York.  (Channel 5, now FOX TV)

General Assignment Reporter, WCAU TV NEWS,  CBS Owned and Operated Station, Philadelphia, PA.

Reporter, Newswriter, WLS TV NEWS, ABC Owned and Operated Station, Chicago, Ill. 

General Assignment reporter, KXTV NEWS, CBS affiliate, Sacramento, CA

News Consultant, Asia Business News, 24 hour business news owned and operated by  Dow Jones Inc. 

Freelance producer, Wall St. Journal Report, Weekly Television show

Editor, China Lantern, U.S. Navy Weekly,Taipei, Taiwan. 

Consultant, Eckhert Special Productions.  ESP is a media consultant firm specializing in corporate communications.


  • Asian Americans in the 21st Century, Oral Histories of First to Fourth Generation Americans from China, Japan, India, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos, New Press, 2009
  • Asian American Actors, McFarland, 2000
  • Asian Americans, New Press, 1992.


William Paterson University Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Center for Creative Activity and Research Grant, College of Arts and Communication, William Paterson

$145,000 grant from the World Journal News Group to launch the nationwide TW Wang Awards in Excellence for News Coverage of China, and Chinese American Issues in the United States

President’s grant for Innovative Teaching Projects for Broadcast and Reporting and Writing on the Internet, Queens College

Honoree, Chinese American Pioneer in Broadcast Award,  Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco

Multicultural Management Program Scholarship recipient, MMP/NICAR Workshop at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia

1997  Honoree, Alumna of the Year, City College of New York, Chinese Alumni Group.

Asian Americans selected as Outstanding Book published in 1992 by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States

Conferences, Panels, & Service to the Profession & Community:
Evaluator, Middle States

Board of Screeners, 2009 Alfred I.duPont-Columbia University Awards for excellence in television and radio journalism,

Associated Press Managing Editors Association, Roundtable Discussion, “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Journalism,”  Princeton, NJ

Panelist, Asian Pacific American Women’s Writers, “Reflections on Identity”, University of Maryland, College Park

Featured Speaker, Lecture: Asian Americans in the 21st Century, sponsored by Chinese American Arts Council: Asian Pacific Roots in the Big Apple, Mayoral Immigration Heritage Week, New York City

Featured Speaker, Lecture: Asian Americans in the 21st Century, sponsored by the East Coast Asian American Students Association, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Featured Speaker, “Asian Americans in the 21st Century”, AAJA-China Interest Group lecture, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Featured Speaker, Lecture: Asian Americans in the 21st Century, sponsored by the Asian American/Asian Research Institute, CUNY, New York

Judge, Emmy Awards for News and Documentary Awards, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Judge,  Emmy Awards for Business and Financial Reporting, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Judge, Dupont Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Key Note Speaker, Asian American Heritage Month, West Chester University, PA. 

Key Note Speaker, Wesleyan University, Asian/Asian Awareness Month, “Who Are Our Heroes?”

Speaker, 23rd Annual spring National College Media Convention, Panel: Covering the Community, New York City

Paper: “Asian American Actors in Film Television and Theatre: An Ethnographic Case Study” Second Annual Race, Gender  Class Project Conference, Southern University at New Orleans, Oct. 19-21, 2000.  Reaction Panelist on “Discussing Race, Gender & Class in the Media”.

Speaker, Meet the Author’s series, Pen Writer’s Association, Chicago

Panel Discussion, Online and Ethnic News Media, Ford Foundation                                

Judge, Newsday Publisher's Award:  Part of a three-member panel invited to judge the best Newsday stories in hard news, features, series, and opinion writing.

Guest lecturer on three part film series examining the portrayal of Chinese American families in American films, China Institute, NYC

Panelist, “Hate Crimes: The Rising Wave of Violence Against Asian Pacific Americans”;  presented at  the National Asian Pacific American  Conference  on Law  and Public Policy, Harvard Law School

Speaker, “Asian Americans, DNC Fundraising and Media Coverage”,  Asian Pacific Americans in US Politics, Institute of Politics, JFK School of Government, Harvard University

Presenter at US Commission on Civil Rights Hearing into charges of Anti Asian Sentiment stemming from DNC campaign finance investigation

Paper: "Suzie Wongs and Connie Chungs: Navigating Asian Images in Media", delivered at Where is Home Conference, hosted by A/P/A Studies Institute at New York University

Featured Panelist for Long Island Press Day at Adelphi University:  Censorship and the Faculty Advisor

Paper: "Reflections on Asian American News Coverage", delivered at annual Asian American Studies conference, Washington D.C.

Advisory Committee Member, and Media Panel Moderator, Asia Society sponsored national conference: "Bridges with Asia: Asian Americans in the United States"

Moderator, Panel Discussion: "Restructuring Education: Transformation or Devastation" sponsored by  the Metropolitan New York members of the American Council on Education/National Identification Program for Women in Higher Education (ACE/NIP);

Participant, Roundtable discussion on Journalism Education, sponsored by Freedom Forum

Newsday Minority Scholarship Awards Judge

Judge for Asian American Journalists Association in its National Competition for best broadcast news story

Associate Board Member, Asian American Journalists Association

Asian American Journalists Association, Scholarship Awards panel

Newsday Minority Scholarship Awards Panel

Speaker on an AEJMC-sponsored panel at the National Association for Hispanic Journalists Convention in Puerto Rico:"Transition into Teaching."

Moderator, Broadcast News Symposium: The Changing Face of Broadcast Journalism sponsored by the Writer's Guild of America, at Columbia University.


Service to the University:

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Member, 2013-2014

Chair of Chairs Council, William Paterson University, 2009-2011

Middle States Self Study Working Group                          

Awards Committee for William Paterson Excellence in Teaching, Service and Scholarship

Awards Committee, Center for Creative Activity and Research Grant, College of Arts and Communication, William Paterson

Panel Host and Event Co-coordinator, “TV News at the Crossroads: A Discussion on the Future of Television News”, William Paterson University

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