Lee Hill

Education:
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.
Awards:
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.

  • Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the federal health care overhaul, formally titled the Affordable Care Act.
  • Jobs are the political issue these days. Unemployment is stubbornly high and we constantly hear people in political office, and those who want to be, talk about creating jobs. But what do the actual job creators think? We reached out to local business owners through our Public Insight Network. Dozens responded.
  • Jobs are the political issue these days. Unemployment is stubbornly high and we constantly hear people in political office, and those who want to be, talk about creating jobs. But what do the actual job creators think? We reached out to local business owners through our Public Insight Network. Dozens responded.
  • The U.S. Attorney in Colorado is cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries near schools. A recent letter to 23 dispensary locations ordered owners to close shop or face federal charges for operating too close to schools (within 1,000 feet). What do you think about the recent government crackdown?
  • Colorado Public Radio News is working with the State Integrity Project to explore which state’s laws and practices are at risk for corruption. What’s been your experience with state and local government? Share your insight here.
  • The U.S. Attorney in Colorado is cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries near schools. A recent letter to 23 dispensary locations ordered owners to either close shop or face federal charges for operating too close to schools.
  • A federal judge in Denver recently ordered a Colorado woman suspected of fraud to unlock her computer files after the FBI failed to crack them after seizing her computer. But civil liberties advocates nationwide are crying foul, saying the order violates Ramona Fricosu’s Fifth Amendment rights.
  • As the year winds to a close, hear Coloradans — through our Public Insight Network (PIN) — reflect on good experiences that shaped their lives in 2011, despite a weakened economy and struggling jobs market.
  • Is there an unforgettable experience or funny story that friends and co-workers always ask you to share with others? You know, the one story that consistently gets a strong reaction — it either leaves people speechless, wanting to give you a hug … or laughing until they’re in stitches!
  • Chris Karns, also known as DJ Vajra, claimed the top title at the 2011 DMC World Championships — the Olympics of mixing — in London. Learn more about the DMC World Championships by clicking here, or visit DJ Vajra’s website.
  • Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to Colorado. We asked Coloradans to share their experience with protests through our Public Insight Network. Here’s a sampling of their comments: “I joined the October 15 Occupy Wall Street rally in Grand Junction.
  • A recent summit in Denver focused on getting more African Americans involved in caring for the environment.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the nation’s public housing stock is on the decline and in desperate need of repair. HUD regional administrator and former Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia says Colorado is no exception.