Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer and co-founder of One Book, One Church. She is the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. Her book reporting has taken her to secret societies of LGBT Christians within conservative enclaves, social justice Christian communes and many other corners of the subculture, where she explores the intersection of evangelical faith with race, gender, sexuality and progressive politics.
She writes about a variety of subjects, including religion, international human rights, health, travel, personal finance and much more. Her stories have been published by Slate, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New York, Reuters, GOOD, SELF, Hemispheres, WBEZ and WNYC, among others. She was previously a staff reporter at The Associated Press.
Her series about migrant workers in China, written with reporting partner Sushma Subramanian, was a finalist for the 2012 Livingston Awards. The story, about the 58 million children left behind in China’s countryside without their parents due to restrictive national policies, follows one mother’s journey from the heart of China’s industrial boom back to her village, as she tries to reunite her broken family. The pair also produced a radio documentary which explores the world of China’s “bachelor villages,” or areas overrun with aging bachelors whose bleak marriage prospects are a direct result of the country’s gender imbalance. That documentary won the 2012 Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page award for radio feature.
Deborah has taught news reporting and magazine writing as a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. She previously taught intro to journalism to undergraduate students at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.