Monday, November 14, 2011

Howard University announces Jefferi K. Lee as the new General Manager of WHUT-TV

WASHINGTON – Today, Howard University announced Jefferi K. Lee as the new General Manager of WHUT-TV. Lee brings nearly 30 years of broadcast media experience as a network executive.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Lee join us as the new leader for WHUT-TV,” said Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau. “Howard Television has been a beacon for more than three decades. We envision a bright future for the station as a leader in public broadcasting with particular emphasis on issues affecting African Americans and people of color.”

At the helm, Lee plans to realign the station and its strategic priorities around President Ribeau’s vision of the University. This includes forming key partnerships with businesses, organizations and campus-wide collaboration.

"I am honored to be a part of the Howard University family as the new General Manager of WHUT-TV,” Lee said. “Howard has a rich cultural legacy and has an extensive resource of talent throughout the campus. I look forward to working with the administration, faculty, staff and students as we continue to make a significant contribution in serving the Washington Metropolitan area.”

For 17 years, Lee helped lead Black Entertainment Television as the executive vice president of network operations and programming. In the high-profile position, Lee directed day-to-day operations of the cable network and more than 300 employees. Over the last decade, he has managed his own communications consulting firm, Lee Productions. He also served as senior executive for Bio-Defensive Research Group in Columbia, Md.

Jefferi K. Lee

Jefferi K. Lee
Lee was educated at the University of Maryland, College Park’s department of radio, film and television program. He has lectured at Howard University and taught as a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

WHUT-TV, Washington, DC, was the first public broadcasting station licensed to a predominantly African-American organization, Howard University. Founded in 1980, WHUT-TV reaches more than 2 million households in the greater Washington metro area annually.

The Emmy award-winning station airs more than 3,500 hours of public affairs, educational and original programming each year including the flagship public affairs program Evening Exchange.

Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.

For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at Howard University Office of University Communications, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, Suite 603, Washington, D.C. 20059

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kerry-Ann Hamilton, Ph.D. Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing Howard University (202) 238-2332

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