Pretty good at her job
SHE’S been called an ‘‘anchor babe’’, ‘‘bombshell,’’ and the ‘‘fox at Fox Business Network’’. Though Jenna Lee finds the attention flattering, she’d prefer viewers focus on the effort she’s put into covering the US financial meltdown.
Lee, 28, is relying on her smarts, hustle and stamina to delve into one of the biggest business stories in years.
As co-anchor (with Connell McShane) and reporter on
seen here on Foxtel, she has been toiling to help her audience make sense of the mess in Wall St.
‘‘My life has been a complete blur lately,’’ says Lee, who wakes at 1am every weekday to be on the set and rolling by 4am.
‘‘It’s been crazy, but this is history in the making . . . and it’s a shining moment for business journalism.’’ It’s also a tough story to crack. ‘‘When covering an earthquake or a flood or a fire, at least you have something to compare it to,’’ she says. ‘‘But this story, in many ways, has no precedent and you have a weird mixture of fact, fear and fiction. It’s difficult to put it into context and balance the emotional aspects with the technical.’’
Lee comes from a family of athletes. Her father, Bob Lee, played in the NFL and her brother, Zac, is a quarterback at the University of Nebraska. She was a three-sports star in high school and played softball at university in Santa Barbara.
Lee left California for New York, where she gained a master’s degree in journalism. When started, she was one of the first recruits.
‘‘It’s hard to believe it has been a year already,’’ she says.
Lee has done much to take the steam out of those ‘‘anchor-babe’’ comments.
‘‘It only makes me work harder. Going into a story, I feel like I have to be 200 to 300 per cent prepared in order to offset that kind of branding.’’