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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

Michelle Lee Honored as APIAVote Beacon of Democracy

December 7, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Bordallo congratulates former Guam resident Michelle Lee on receiving a Beacon of Democracy award from APIAVote. Michelle is a reporter with The Washington Post. (L-R) Bordallo, Lee, APIAVote Executive Director Christine Chen

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo joined her colleagues and Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) advocates in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the progress of AAPIs in the electorate and to honor influential AAPI journalists who elevated election coverage during the 2016 presidential election.

Former Guam resident Michelle Ye Hee Lee was honored as a Beacon of Democracy by APIAVote. Michelle is a reporter on the political enterprise and investigations team at The Washington Post. During the 2016 presidential election, Michelle worked on The Washington Post’s fact checking team, digging into false and misleading statement by candidates and political groups. In addition to being a reporter for The Washington Post, Michelle is the senior vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).   

Michelle graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While attending the Academy, Michelle was a reporter on the Pacific Daily News’ VIBE team, reporting on issues important to Guam youth and young adults.  

“I congratulate former Guam resident Michelle Lee on being honored as a Beacon of Democracy by APIAVote. Through her work at The Washington Post, Michelle has embodied the importance of a free and independent press and has been instrumental to keeping government and elected officials accountable and the American public informed. She is a wonderful ambassador for Guam, and I know that we can expect to hear of many more of her successes in the future.”