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Ms. May-Lily Lee

Wrong May-Lily Lee?


Virginia Currents

Employment History

  • Senior Producer and Host
    WCVE PBS Studio
  • Senior Producer and Host
  • Host of Virginia Currents
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Web References
April 27 – May 3, 2010 » CRECIENDO JUNTOS, 17 April 2011 [cached]
May-Lily Lee, host of Virginia Currents, will moderate the panel discussion.
News & Audio Clips | Eyes on Richmond | Who We Are | St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 16 Nov 2010 [cached]
May-Lily Lee, Host, Virginia Currents, WCVE-TV
Calendar of Events - LWV of Virginia, 23 May 2006 [cached]
May-Lily Lee, Senior Producer/Host, WCVE's "Virginia Currents",
Calendar of Events - LWV of South Hampton Roads, 29 Aug 2009 [cached]
May-Lily Lee, Senior Producer/Host, WCVE's "Virginia Currents"
Before her dismissal, Virginia ..., 25 Sept 2012 [cached]
Before her dismissal, Virginia Currents host May-Lily Lee had been with the program for 21 years.
In harmony with the violins and lapping Chesapeake swells that welcome viewers every week, May-Lily Lee's melodic voice personified WCVE's Virginia Currents. But in August, Richmond's public TV station unceremoniously yanked the award-winning newsmagazine's host and senior producer after 21 years with the program.
Earlier this month, Lee thanked WCVE, her employer of 25 years, for "the best job in Virginia," remaining stoic on the reasons for her departure. "I've never been interested in adversarial or schadenfreude stories," she said.
Privately, however, Lee is a bit more exasperated about her treatment by a station that had been her home since 1987.
Lee was fired on Aug 15 via an email from Monk that concluded a week of on-and-off interaction between Lee and WCVE executives, including Monk and Virginia Currents executive producer John Felton.
Lee was fired on Aug 15 via an email from Monk that concluded a week of on-and-off interaction between Lee and WCVE executives, including Monk and Virginia Currents executive producer John Felton.
That's when Felton first informed Lee that her pay would drop from more than $40,000 a year to $7,500 annually.
Lee received this news shortly after she signed on with Virginia Public Radio to host a new show called Virginia Conversations. Lee, who was among dozens of former WCVE staffers converted to contract employees about five years ago, says she had received permission from Felton prior to taking the VPR gig.
Felton, in a July 19 email to Lee, made it clear that the decision to decrease Lee's pay - as was the case with her reclassification as a contractor - was "100% a financial issue only," and the same email also asked Lee to host "a long form issue-oriented studio program special."
Lee had asked if "that still works for all," and Felton replied, "Absolutely, I hope this is fruitful and rewarding for you and your career. ;)"
What is the personal secret about May-Lily that can't be revealed?
As one of the "Friends of Virginia Currents" who tried, unsuccessfully, to meet with Curtis Monk and/or anyone from the board of WCVE, I conclude that the decision to oust May-Lily Lee was made for reasons that had nothing to do with the conflicting reasons given.
May-Lily Lee was, in effect, kicked to the curb. I suspect they had already cut a deal with Daphne Maxwell Reid and Lee was now a nuisance who needed to be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Goodbye WCVE-FM, hello RadioIQ...while the diff between TV and radio seems to stretch this into preposterous reasoning, Lee has been a cornerstone in central VA public broadcasting.
I've had the marvelous good fortune to spend a lot of time with May-Lily in the last six weeks or so. She is a truly sweet and generous soul and self effacing as well. Honestly I was shocked to hear just last week of her firing from wcve. She's never spoken of it, even as I told her how much I love Va Currents....she would just smile and thank me.
May-Lily Lee is a professional, kind person that I have worked with for many years. But regardless if you think she is a diva or not, it does not excuse being fired after 21 years by e-mail for accepting a position you were given permission to accept.
The dealings We at LDEC with May-Lily Lee have been very professional with personal attention to details. She came across as a person who really cares about her work. It will be a loss to WCVE in our opinion and I am sure where ever she goes they will benefit.
May-Lily Lee if you still want to do a story on PTSD we are available.
May-Lily Lee is a gifted storyteller, capable of connecting with all types of personalities, and showing her audience the details of major policy issues, or the significance of the "details" of our communities and Commonwealth. The "community idea stations" should do better than to BS their donors, supporters, and viewers with a blatantly false explanation of her dismissal. Very disappointing. annbass
My husband and I have had several opportunities to work with May-Lily Lee both at WCVE and on independently-produced projects As 25+ year professionals in the feature film and television production business, we have had the good fortune to work with both internationally-known directors and producers, and local and regional directors. We are, thetefore, uniquely qualified to speak to Ms. Lee's professional qualifications and talents, as well as to her character and demeanor - both in the studio and out. In every instance, May-Lily Lee was professional, cheerful, collaborative and a delight with whom to work. This opinion is shared by our colleagues and production partners.
They are showing themselves in the same poor light as Ms. Lee's former employers and should be ashamed of themselves for spreading childish bile. annbass
Interesting that May-Lily has cut down the entire WCVE staff, but in your mind, no harm done. Right?
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