Pretty good at her job

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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.’’

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