Lee Brown faced a tragedy in 2018 that no newsroom leader wants to face: the death of colleagues. Two WYFF team members, Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer were killed while covering hazardous weather. Ask Brown how he helped his newsroom to get through this tragedy and what resources he drew from, both personally and corporately, to assist his staff and his community to process this expected loss.
Lee Brown began his career as a reporter at WYFF 4 (then WFBC-TV) in 1976. Brown also served as assignment and managing editor before being named to his current position as Assistant News Director. His duties include managing the day-to-day operation of the WYFF News 4 newsroom.
In 2019, Brown was honored with a Georgia Foster Peabody Award as executive producer of “Chronicle: Paul’s Gift,” a documentary that followed the process of organ donation to recipient. Brown received the 2003 National Headliners Awards’ Best of Show and first place Public Service Award in television for his work in producing, “Truth Check,” a series of reports that investigated claims in political campaign ads. Brown is also the recipient of 3 regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and 13 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, including being part of the team that won the first Emmy for Overall Station Excellence in the Southeast Region.
Brown was named in 2007 to the Silver Circle of the Southeast Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Silver Circle recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the television industry and worked at least 25 years in the Southeast Region. In 2015, the South Carolina Broadcasters Association honored Brown with an Honory Life Membership Award to recognize his lifetime contributions to the broadcasting industry in South Carolina.
Brown has been a board member of RTDNA since 2007. He served a two-yerar term as president of the organization from 2009- 2011. Brown is also a past member of the Board of Governors of NATAS, Southeast. He has also been a member of the board and president of the South Carolina Associated Press Broadcasters.
A South Carolina native, Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.