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KVUE promotes Jenni Lee to Midday anchor

Lee will also join the KVUE Defenders investigative team.
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KVUE anchor Jenni Lee.

AUSTIN, Texas — One of Austin’s most experienced anchors and reporters is taking on a new role. Jenni Lee is making the transition from anchoring KVUE’s weekend evening newscasts to KVUE Midday, starting on Oct. 11.

“Jenni Lee brings an enormous amount of journalistic knowledge to our team. She’s engrained in our community and committed to telling its stories. She’s a deeply passionate person and we’re thrilled to have her anchoring Midday,” said KVUE News Director Christina Ginn.

Lee has been at KVUE since 2015 and has called Austin home for over 20 years. As a reporter, she’s dedicated her life to community storytelling, covering stories important to Central Texans. She’s been exposed to it all, from breaking news reporting to bringing awareness to issues in our community. Recently, she produced a special that celebrated the impact of Austin’s Asian American and Pacific Islanders community, focusing on their contributions while having to stand up against racism that still lingers today.

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Her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. She’s won an Edward R. Murrow Award and The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, the Lone Star Emmy Chapter, the American Cancer Society, and the Diversity Council have all recognized her work.

In addition to her anchoring responsibilities, Lee will also be joining KVUE’s investigative team, the Defenders.

“We’re excited to have Jenni Lee join the KVUE Defenders team, full-time,” said KVUE’s executive producer of investigations, Joe Ellis. “Jenni brings a level of experience and trust in the community that is largely unmatched in the Austin news market. We’re looking forward to her helping us deliver hard-hitting investigations with impact that will help make our community better.”

Jenni is a proud graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. She was born and raised in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas. She is married, has a son, and adopted two crazy rescue dogs.

Send her your news ideas by emailing jlee@kvue.com. Follow Lee on Facebook and Twitter.