Before television business talk became her daily ritual, it was sports and cars that had an early hold on Jenna Lee’s schedule. The daughter of former NFL quarterback Bob Lee, who played in three Super Bowls, Jenna Lee took an interest in playing baseball with her siblings and later participated in soccer and basketball in her native San Francisco. She also found a friend in her dad’s 1958 Impala, which fueled her lifelong love of classic cars. Even with her various sporting exploits, Jenna Lee did develop an early appreciation for broadcast news, mostly from local TV anchors and repeated viewings of the influential news program 20/20, starring Barbara Walters.
Jenna Lee attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she played softball on the school team and pursued simultaneous undergraduate degrees in Global & International Studies and English. Her already grueling schedule was made even more difficult by regular job duties at a local gym, but the experience forced her to become a pro at time management and spend her money wisely. These skills would prove to be vital as her career progressed.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Jenna Lee entered the corporate field as an operations director for KSL Properties. It was a challenging job that had her handling more than 100 employees and it would serve as something of a crash course for the recent college graduate. Inspired by her time with KSL Properties and seeking a journalistic edge to go along with her corporate work experience, Jenna Lee enrolled at Columbia University on her own dime to pursue a masters in journalism.
Jenna Lee left Columbia University with a masters and the idea that she would find work as a journalist. The going was tougher than she expected, but she did find work as a reporter for Forbes.com. She added to her credentials as a writer and producer of primarily business and political segments for television station New York 1, but she couldn’t find employment in front of the camera because of her relative inexperience in the field. Keen to make her mark as a full-fledged television anchor, Jenna Lee went through her old Forbes.com interview segments to create a portfolio that would hopefully entice someone to give her a chance.
In the fall of 2007, Jenna Lee caught a break when she was among the first news anchors hired for FOX Business Network as part of the team on FOX Business Morning. The opportunity to work at a brand new station was a blessing for Jenna Lee, as she got to grow professionally inside an ever-evolving working environment. In front of the camera on a daily basis, she connected with her audience through accessibility, intelligence and wit that transformed complicated money lingo into dialect that was easily digestible.
Jenna Lee’s continued success on FOX Business Network has led to a steady stream of additional broadcasting gigs both on the same network and elsewhere. Named one of TV Week’s “Next Generation of TV News Stars” and finding herself to be a business commodity during a time of recession, Jenna Lee made notable appearances on Inside Edition and The CBS Early Show while also being featured on FOX and Friends and FOX News Sunday for the FOX News network. Currently still holding down her duties on FOX Business Morning, FOX News’ Happening Now and FOX Business News Live for FoxBusiness.com, Jenna Lee continued her busy ways in the fall of 2009 as a news anchor for the newest FOX Business venture, Imus in the Morning, with noted radio host Don Imus.