Annabelle_004 2022

Email: annabelleleejiawen@gmail.com

LinkedIn: Annabelle Lee

Twitter: @annabellybutton

Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bahasa Malaysia

Work Experience

Between The Lines Jun 2022 – Nov 2022


  • Wrote weekly newsletters summarising the most pressing Malaysian and international news

Malaysiakini  Mar 2017 – Mar 2022

Journalist with the English desk

  • Covered people, policy, politics and a pandemic under four federal governments
  • Experience in investigative reporting, conducting interviews, election reporting, speaking on press freedom issues, live-tweeting events and asking tough questions at press conferences.
  • Provided news commentary on national radio station LiteFM (105.7FM in the Klang Valley) from 2018-2022
  • Part of the team that won the Malaysian Press Institute-Petronas Best Multimedia Journalism Award 2019 for May 13, never again

ThinkCity Urban Regeneration Programme for Journalists  Jan 2017


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

BFM 89.9 The Business Station  Dec 2014 – Feb 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  Jan – Feb 2014

Intern Writer

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


2022-2023 Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program: Scaling Your Business

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (conducted online)

2013-2016 Bachelor of Arts

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)

SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur

Selected Community and Leadership Roles

Agape Mission School 2022-2023

Volunteer teacher

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 2016


TEDxUniMelb  2014 – 2015

Social Media Officer

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