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Cheng Lei

Business News Anchor

Cheng Lei anchors the Global Business show on CGTN.  As well as presenting the show, she drives content innovation, contributes to guest-booking and special projects.

Before returning to CGTN in 2012, Lei was the China correspondent at CNBC Asia for nine years.  In that role, she reported on all things China business related -- and contributed to the Chinese programming of CNBC’s partners SMG and CBN.  It was at CNBC that she won a bronze award for “China, the next lap” series at the New York festivals in 2008.

Her eighteen-year journalism career began at CGTN’s predecessor, CCTVNews, in 2002 where she hosted shows like “Financial Review” and “BizChina.”  Before joining CCTVNews, she was a business analyst for a Sino-Australian joint venture in Shandong Province, the role brought her to China from Australia in 2001.

Lei was an accountant and financial analyst for Cadbury Schweppes and ExxonMobil in Australia from 1995-2000.  She graduated from the University of Queensland with a commerce degree, she is a certified practicing accountant and an accredited translator from Chinese to English.