your time as a rock music critic for
singer. My wife's brother adored her, and she was
playing at a club in NYC. It ended up being a differ-
ent type of interview than most that I'd done be-
cause we had dinner together (instead of meeting at
a record company office).
over Stones, but what's your favorite
Seen a Face.'
WSBU 88.3, The Buzz?
rejected every year. Once I became a teacher, one of
my students heard about my background with
music and asked me if I'd like to do a show. I really
look forward to it, and I try to do a theme for each
technology in the classroom to keep
tell my students, `I'm not going to teach you how to
use social media. I'm going to teach you how to use
it as a journalist.' I also have some of my classes run
their own blog. I've done campaign blogs where
each student covers a certain state, and during non-
campaign years we run a baseball blog where each
student covers a baseball team to learn what it's like
to write for a beat.
was, `Beatles or Stones?' and I an-
swered `Beatles,' which he replied was
the wrong answer," Lee laughed.
meeting his wife of 37 years. Anne
teaches undergraduate journalism
courses. They were married in the
chapel on campus.
said Lee. "I came to make journalism
better by working with students who
will become the next wave of journal-
an honors course, Decision
2014: An Exploration of Cam-
paign for Governor of New
York State, which he devel-
oped. The course looked at all
components of elections in
broad terms and then specifi-
cally applied them to the New
York state governor election.
Lee's students also researched
what the media was covering
versus what voters were inter-
can see what the press is covering,"
said Lee. "Then we looked at a Sienna
College poll where the voters were
asked, `what's the most important
issue to you?' You could see a real dif-
ference between coverage and what
was important to people."
early to determine his long-term goals
for the program, but said his first goal
is keeping the program at its already
is already doing well and is successful,
it's kind of a challenge, first of all, to
make sure you maintain the high
level that it's at."
directly impact students because they
are so eager to learn. He loves receiv-
ing emails from recent alumni about
their lives post-grad. An alumnus
emailed him with news about starting
graduate school and pursuing a career
as a music writer.
said Lee. "Something that may seem
small to me like a note to a student
when they are doing a good job
means so much to them," said Lee.
College and received his Ph.D. in
Media Studies from Rutgers Univer-
sity. One of Lee's biggest goals for the
future is to make sure his students
are passionate about their fields, espe-
Lee. "There's often excitement around
things like radio, advertising and pub-
lic relations, which are all important,
but I want to also make sure that
there's that same excitement about
being a journalist."
accomplish whatever plans they may
into any career," said Lee. "You learn
to collect information, organize it and
communicate it, and that's what a
journalist does. That's what a public
relations professional does. In so
many fields you follow that same