Isaac Lee is the Chief News, Entertainment & Digital Officer for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Lee has also served as the CEO of FUSION since 2013.
He is responsible for the editorial oversight of Univision News across network, local and digital platform as well as UCI’s comprehensive digital efforts across verticals. In addition, he also manages key areas of the company’s growth including the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a multi-platform destination for the new, rising American mainstream. FMG is comprised of UCI’s interests in FUSION and El Rey as well as The Root, The Onion, A.V. Club, Clickhole, Starwipe, Flama, Univision Digital and Univision Music.
During his tenure with the Company, Univision News has been recognized for its quality journalism and commitment to informing its audience. Under his stewardship, Univision News has been awarded duPont, Peabody, IRE and National Headliner Awards for its investigative reporting, as well as a Cronkite Award and King of Spain International Journalism Awards for Excellence in Political and Digital Journalism among other prestigious journalism, documentary and investigative awards. The news division has also received Emmys for outstanding investigative reporting, outstanding newsmagazine and outstanding breaking news coverage. Univision News’ outstanding journalism and reporting has also driven audience growth across key demographics. Under his management, Univision News also established a landmark joint venture with Disney/ABC to launch FUSION.
Lee’s focus and mission is to tell the stories that matter most to the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic community. He has pushed his team to go beyond day-to-day reporting and pursue in-depth stories on the issues that most affect people’s lives, always with the aim of fulfilling journalism’s role of vigilance and service to the public.
Since first joining the Company as president of News in December 2010, Lee has helped Univision News expand its brand and credibility by strengthening its news team and expanding its news operations on all platforms and by adding award-winning Investigative, Documentary, Digital and Data Journalism Units. For the first time in the company’s 50-year history, Univision News expanded its Spanish-language offering by adding English-language content on digital platforms, continuing to meet its commitment to inform, engage and empower the U.S. Hispanic community. Lee’s 360⁰ approach to strengthen and expand Univision News across platforms and his digital-first track record at FUSION, led to his appointment to lead the Company’s digital efforts across UCI in 2015. Lee has also created digital partnerships between Univision and Variety, Red Bull Media House, Participant Media and The Atlantic among others. Most recently, he launched Storyhouse, UCI’s content development and production arm and inked a content deals with Netflix and HBO.
Lee has been leading journalistic teams for nearly 20 years at prominent publications serving Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. and Latin America. He founded and served as chairman and editor-in-chief of influential magazine PODER. In 2014, Lee was honored by the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) with their Next Generation Leader Award for the launch of FUSION. Lee was recognized on the CableFax100 list as Game Changers in the cable industry. Most recently he was recognized by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism with its Journalistic Achievement Award and by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists with the Presidential Award of Excellence.
Lee serves on the board of directors of the Associated Press (AP), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the ICFJ, on the Journalism Advisory board of ProPublica and the advisory board of the Peabody Awards. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Foro IberoAmerica.
Lee can be followed on Twitter via @isaacleep.