Vic Lee is a general assignment reporter whose specialty is enterprise reporting. You can see his reports weeknights on ABC7 News at 5 and 6.
Lee's investigation in the early 90's into the exploitation of Japanese tourists in San Francisco prompted a state and federal criminal investigation resulting in a settlement which at the time included the largest civil fine in California history.
Lee's stories have received local and national recognition. He was honored with the prestigious George Polk Award of Journalism for best local TV reporting in 1985 for an investigative news series on hidden health hazards in Silicon Valley's semiconductor industry.
Lee has also won numerous Emmys and awards from the Associated Press, RTNDA, Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.
Lee was honored with the New York Film Festival Gold Award for best documentary for his series on the African famine and civil war, which he covered during a month-long assignment to Sudan and Ethiopia in the 1980's.
Lee was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle in 1999. He was also named Chinese American Broadcast Pioneer by the Chinese American Historical Museum. And in 2002, he received the Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Service Award.
Lee started his career with an internship with the New York Times, then joined UPI in 1969, where he served in Tokyo, Portland and Los Angeles.
In 1972, Lee was hired by KRON-TV and after 34 years there, joined ABC7 News in January 2006.
Lee was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He speaks Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. He is married with a daughter.