Lee, the recently appointed CEO of Fusion, the news-and-lifestyle cable outlet is receiving recognition for his efforts in fostering multi-ethnic diversity within the communications industry.
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Isaac Lee, who was appointed to the post of CEO of Fusion in October of last year, largely due to his deep understanding of content that is relevant to Spanish-language television is due to be honored through receiving one of this year’s NAMIC Leadership Award.
The NAMIC Leadership Award is aimed towards people in the media industry under the age of 40 who have been recognized as following the goals of multi-ethnic diversity.
Lee, who was especially recognized in the cable programmer category, in his joint role as well head the Fusion network, whose programs are directly aimed at a Hispanic audience in the United States, and provides hard-news commentary, satire as well as pop culture, as well as that of Univisión which enjoys has the largest audience of speaking viewers in the world.
The NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) awards will be presented at their Annual Awards Breakfast scheduled for 1st of May during the National Cable Telecommunications Association’s Cable Show to be held that week at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Announcing this year’s winners Alicin Williamson, the interim president of NAMIC stated that the association remains committed to developing as well as recognizing the pipeline of diverse professionals within the communications industry through our flagship programs, initiatives and events, while honoring those who exemplify the association’s mission to educate, advocate and empower to advance diversity and inclusion within the companies that they represent.
Isaac Lee was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. After completing high school, less spent some time living and studying in Israel, studying psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, returning to earn his masters degree in journalism from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota.
Isaac Lee began his professional career at Revista Cromos, Latin America’s oldest magazine, where at the age of just 25 he was appointed editor. The following year Lee began his career in investigative journalism when he was appointed editor-in-chief of Revista Semana, at that time Colombia’s largest and best known news magazine.
During his time in charge at Semana the magazine published several investigative pieces and controversial interviews relating to the country’s turgid political situation, while at the same time, creating some light relief through the launch of Soho, a lifestyle magazine that went on to become the best selling publication in the country, whilst masterminding the transition of the magazines to digitation.
Prior to joining Univision, Lee founded Poder, a business magazine aimed at consumers in the United States and South America, where he also acted as chief editor.
Isaac Lee left Poder in late 2010 to join Univision as President of News, bringing to the station, a number of new projects as well as previously unknown levels of cutting-edge investigative journalism. Under Lee’s leadership Univision News division has been the recipient of a number of awards for journalistic excellence including the 2012 Peabody and IRE Awards for its “Fast and Furious” investigation, two EMMY Lifetime Achievement Awards, two Gracie awards, the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism for documentaries produced by the station’s Investigative and Documentary units.
In May of 2012, Lee began working in the formation of a 24 hour news channel in Spanish, planned as a joint venture between ABC News and Univision that would eventually grow to become Fusion.