Lee Hill

Lee studied journalism, broadcast management and economics at Howard University.

Professional background:
Lee joined Colorado Public Radio in May 2011 as Public Insight Network (PIN) analyst and reporter. He is responsible for managing CPR's PIN, reporting on public experiences and perspectives, and introducing listeners to Coloradans who want to share their stories.

Lee came to CPR from Washington D.C., where we worked at NPR as a multimedia journalist and founding producer of “Tell Me More,” NPR's first program to begin as a blog and evolve into a daily award-winning news and talk show. Prior to that, Lee supervised listener correspondence for NPR's Audience Services group and refocused the network's daily online engagement with listeners. He has also worked as a correspondent for “Teen Summit” airing on Black Entertainment Television and junior editor at the Milwaukee Courier.
While Lee was producing NPR's "Tell Me More," the program won a national Edward R. Murrow Award and was recognized with a "Salute To Excellence Award" by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Lee also regularly contributed as a web producer and blogger to NPR.org, which received a 2009 Peabody Award for its content.

Q & A
Why I became a journalist:
Growing up in our Milwaukee home, family life centered on three core regimens: we went to school, we went to church, and every night we watched the news. And I remember being inspired by the legendary CNN journalist Bernard Shaw, who was one of only a few African Americans anchoring a national evening news program at the time. I was fascinated with how he commanded people's trust and kept Americans informed about events happening all over the world. My mom used to say to me, “You know, you could do that.” The rest is history. A few years ago, I was able to thank Mr. Shaw in person — a true highlight of my career

Why I got into radio:
When I was in college, I met a man who would later become my professional mentor, NPR's Doug Mitchell. I eventually became his intern and it didn't take long for me to fall in love with the intimacy of radio storytelling.

How I ended up at CPR:
After launching an NPR program and spending more than a decade in the same city where I went to college, I was ready for a change. I came across the posting for the PIN position and it seemed like the perfect fit. Finding a way to bring ordinary – or extraordinary — people into the mix and lift the curtain on the news process has always been my sweet spot. And I know Coloradans have lots to say about the news and events shaping their world.

  • It's almost time for our monthly check in with Gov. Hickenlooper about issues unfolding across the state. And we want to know what you would ask him about issues affecting you.
  • Governor Hickenlooper has said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to debate stricter gun control laws. A day later, there was news of another mass shooting.
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  • A recent conversation about the first-year earning power of Colorado university graduates generated love -- and hate -- from listeners.
  • (Photo: Flickr/slightly everything)(Photo: Flickr/slightly everything)As humans, we’re attracted to certain quotations. Maybe it’s our desire to find meaning in life. In our series “Words That Speak to Me,” Coloradans are sharing sayings that mean a great deal to them.
  • 'Words That Speak to Me' is our weekly series about sayings that make it a little easier to live life. Meet Lynette Badasarian, of Littleton.
  • Almost immediately after civil unions passed this week in the Colorado legislature, we began asking for your reaction to the news and how it affects your life through our Public Insight Network. Since then, your personal stories and perspectives have been pouring into our newsroom.
  • It’s Friday, when we share your feedback to conversations heard on this program and to stories in the news.
  • President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address Tuesday. He focused largely on creating more educational opportunities, immigration reform, climate change, guns, and jobs/lessening poverty. What’s your reaction? How are you affected by his list of priorities for the nation? Tell us here.
  • Beginning this weekend, about a thousand African-American skiers from around the country will flock to Snowmass to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Brotherhood of Skiers. The group started in the early 1970s as a way to help black skiers, largely outnumbered by whites on the slopes, form social connections.
  • Ryan Warner shares feedback to his recent interview with Gov. John Hickenlooper, as well as reaction from a listener who took issue with another recent conversation that focused on genetically modified corn.
  • People are still responding to Losing Ground, the CPR News series aired last week about racial disparities in Colorado. Several people had questions about how education influences earning power and home ownership. Lee Hill oversees the Public Insight Network at Colorado Public Radio and shares your feedback. He joins host Ryan Warner.
  • We’ve been reporting on the race gap in Colorado in partnership with I-News Network, a nonprofit investigative news service.
  • Listeners get fired up over comments from Colorado Matters guests — including a plan for 24-hour mental health crisis centers and the perennially political question of what’s causing climate change. Public Insight Editor Lee Hill and “Colorado Matters” Guest Host Andrea Dukakis share what we’ve been hearing from you.
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  • The end of the year is a time for reflection. We’re looking for your picks of the best “Colorado Matters” stories from 2012. And while you’re at it, share your best personal story. What’s the greatest thing to happen in your life this year?  Click here to share your reflections!
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  • Colorado’s General Assembly is expected to debate gun policy in the new legislative session, which began this week.
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  • On Fridays, we hear from you and get your feedback to conversations heard on the program. Lee Hill is Public Insight Editor for Colorado Public Radio and joins host Ryan Warner.
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