Email: annabelleleejiawen@gmail.com

LinkedIn: Annabelle Lee

Twitter: @annabellybutton

Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bahasa Malaysia (Malay)

Journalistic Experience


June 2017 – Present

Journalist with the English desk

March – May 2017

Editorial intern with the English desk

ThinkCity Urban Regeneration Programme for Journalists

January 2017


  • Worked with working journalists to put together a multimedia feature report on migrant workers in Kuala Lumpur
  • Conducted live interviews, recorded sound bytes plus filmed behind-the-scenes footage of a migrant worker hostel 

BFM 89.9 The Business Station

December 2014 – February 2015

Intern Journalist with the Current Affairs team

  • Conducted live and phone interviews for Currents Affairs and The Week In Review shows
  • Pitched and researched news stories
  • Wrote scripts
  • Cut and edited sound bytes for radio
  • Converted live radio recordings into podcasts
  • Topics covered: Russia and Crimea, Charlie Hebdo, Universiti Malaya student activists (UM8), Yemen, Local Council Elections, Photojournalism, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, National Human Rights Action Plan.

Nourish! Publishing & Events

January – February 2014

Intern Writer

  • Interviewed chefs, restaurants owners and food bloggers
  • Wrote advertorials and articles
  • Organised press and public events

Community and Leadership Roles

Malaysian Progressives in Australia – Melbourne (MPOZ)

2014 – 2016

Organising Committee

  • Helped set up the only Malaysian student activist group in Melbourne
  • Ran fortnightly discussions on Malaysian politics and current issues
  • Helped write and edit press statements to be published in the media
  • Launched a university-wide campaign fighting for fair work rights for all international students

Bersih Melbourne 4.0 & 5.0

2015 – 2016

Organising Team & Emcee

  • Helped organise and coordinate the Melbourne chapter of Bersih 4 and 5 rallies
  • The Bersih movement demands clean and fair elections, the right to dissent, institutional reform & the strengthening of parliamentary democracy

Melbourne University Habitat for Humanity




2014 – 2015

Social Media Officer

Other Work Experience

VCR Café, Kuala Lumpur

January – June 2017

Barista and waitress

Proud Janny Restaurant & Café, Kuala Lumpur

January – February 2014

Barista and waitress



Planetshakers Conference, Melbourne 

Social Media Team

Planetshakers City Church, Melbourne Social Media and Worship Team


His Child Organisation, Cambodia



Kachin Refugee School, Kuala Lumpur

Mathematics teacher


Petrosains Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur Ambassador and Guide

SPCA Selangor, Malaysia

Adoption and Media Teams

National Zoo (Zoo Negara), Malaysia

Volunteer with Veterinary Department

Petcare Veterinary Clinic, Kuala Lumpur Shadow for Veterinarian


2013-2016 Bachelor of Arts

The University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Politics & International Studies
  • Media & Communications

2011-2012 Cambridge A Levels

Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

2006-2010 School Leaving Certificate (SPM)

Aminuddin Baki Secondary School, Kuala Lumpur

2000-2005 Primary School Tests (UPSR)

Chung Kwok Chinese Primary School, Kuala Lumpur


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