When word came over the transom during the big mayoral brouhaha a few weeks ago that Ed Lee’s name had been placed in nomination, my first reaction, naturally, was “Who the hell is Ed Lee?”

For edification, we turned to KQED’s Scott Shafer. But here’s someone even better: Brianna Lee, the new San Francisco mayor’s daughter, who happens to work for our sister station in New York City, NPR affiliate WNET.

Brianna works for Need to Know, a PBS news program, as a social media coordinator. Last week, she wrote a post for the show’s web site called ‘Fear the stache’: San Francisco’s first Asian mayor. I chatted with her today about what kind of a guy her father is, what the grueling mayoral succession process was like for her family, and what she thinks Lee’s mayoralty means for Chinese Americans.

Interview with Brianna Lee, Ed Lee’s daughter


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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