Michelle Ye Hee Lee

Washington D.C.

Tokyo bureau chief for The Washington Post, covering Japan and the Koreas

Education: Emory University, BA in international studies and English

Michelle Ye Hee Lee is The Washington Post's Tokyo bureau chief, covering Japan and the Koreas. She is based in Tokyo. Previously, she covered money and influence in politics and voting access on the national political enterprise and accountability team and was a reporter for The Post's Fact Checker. Prior to joining The Post in 2014, she was a government accountability reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She is serving her second term as the president of the Asian American Journalists Association, a non-profit founded in 1981 with more than 2,000 journalists across the U.S. and in As
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Ukraine live briefing: Russia claims victory in Bakhmut, but Ukraine says fight is still on

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