In September of 2008 Vivian Lee joined NY1. Since then, she has covered stories ranging from the Occupy Wall Street movement to the city's botched efforts at responding to the blizzard of December 2010. She also anchored hour-to-hour coverage of the city's brush with Hurricane Irene, the capture of Osama bin Laden, the Times Square foiled bomb plot of 2010, and a mid-air collision of a helicopter and plane over the Hudson River that claimed nine lives in 2009.
Early in her tenure with the station, Lee covered the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing Wall Street financial crisis, the campaign to pass same-sex marriage laws in New York State, MTA doomsday budget hearings, and the death of an emotionally disturbed man in Brooklyn resulting from police use of a Taser.
In December 2008, she broke the story of a firefighter arrested for allegedly calling in false alarms to 9-1-1 in a bid to save his firehouse from city budget cuts.
Among her accolades, Lee received the Asian American Business Development Center’s award for Outstanding Community Service in 2011, the award of Role Model of 2011 from CUNY, and was honored with the Asian Professional Extension's (APEX) Volunteer Award in 2008 for tutoring fourth graders in English and Math at Manhattan's PS 1.
Prior to NY1, Lee worked at WNBC as a general assignment reporter covering stories such as Eliot Spitzer’s sex scandal and resignation and Manhattan’s two deadly crane collapses of 2008. One of her investigative pieces also forced the city to rescind a multi-million dollar contract with the landlord of an Upper West Side building, after she reported he evicted the very tenants the city had placed there as emergency shelter applicants. Before her stint at WNBC, Lee was the Parliamentary Correspondent for Citytv of the CHUM Network in Canada where she covered governmental affairs in Canada's capital (Ottawa) after being posted to the bureau on 9/11. There she covered the Liberal Party's kickback scandal that led to the rise of the Conservative Party, and its rule after decades of Liberal Party governments.
Prior to reporting on Canada's "The Hill," she was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for CityPulse News in Toronto. Her first job after graduating from Ottawa's Carleton University School of Journalism with high honors was anchoring the evening news at Craig Broadcasting's A-Channel in Calgary, Alberta.