WASHINGTON, DC (July 30, 2012)- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr. on his new role as executive sports editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Lee begins the new post at the end of August, becoming one of three black journalists currently leading the sports departments at major daily newspapers. He joins Lisa Bell Wilson of the Buffalo News and Larry Graham of the San Diego Union- Tribunewho are already in the editor ranks.
Lee is leaving the Boston Globe after eight years. He currently serves as senior assistant sports editor, managing reporters and leading the section's daily coverage. In 2008, Lee led the section's coverage of the Boston Celtics' championship run and its first NBA title in 20 years and served the Globe as its lead on-site editor at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Before heading to the Globe, Lee was an editor at the Washington Post, where he held a number of positions during his five-year tenure. Prior to working at the Post, Lee worked at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans as a copy editor, later advancing to slot editor, where he was responsible for designing the sports section and running the sports desk. Throughout his college years, Lee had worked as an editorial assistant in the sports department for the Times-Picayune. Lee is a 1996 graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans.
"As a friend and colleague, I have been so proud to watch Greg's career continue to progress. He has proven himself as a newsroom leader at the Washington Post and the Boston Globe and is ready to lead sports coverage at the South Florida Sun Sentinel," said Errin Haines, NABJ's Vice President of Print and a newswoman at The Associated Press' Atlanta bureau covering race and Southern politics. "Greg represents the best of what happens when the industry invests in developing a talented and diverse workforce."
In his new role, Lee will lead coverage of four professional teams in South Florida, including the reigning NBA champions the Miami Heat. He will also lead coverage of the state's college programs, more than 300 high schools and the paper's digital efforts in sports.
"I salute the South Florida Sun Sentinel on its intelligent hiring of Gregory Lee. He has been prime for such an opportunity for years after playing a major role in making the Boston Globesports section the award-winner it is today," said Marc J. Spears, Chair of the NABJ Sports Task Force, NBA writer for Yahoo! Sports, and former Boston Globe colleague. "As evidence of Greg being president of NABJ, he is a proven leader of thousands. He is fair, thinks outside the box, is a great listener, will push his reporters to break news and will demand the most from his staff. His new position is long overdue and deserved. We wish him best of luck."
Lee is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Sports Journalism Institute, an annual nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers, designed to attract talented students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide.
"This is a very proud moment for me. I have known Greg since his college days at Xavier University in New Orleans. I have watched him grow from a writer, to a copy editor, to an editor and now an executive sports editor - a position that only a few African Americans have reached," said colleague and mentor Leon H. Carter, the Vice President /Executive Editor of ESPNNewYork.com. "I have also seen him grow from a young journalist to NABJ president. Along the way, he has done terrific work at the Sports Journalism Institute, which prepares college students for sports writing, editing and digital internships. Throughout all this, Greg always has wanted to be a sports editor and to run his own show. Now is his time. He will do well in South Florida."
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more: www.nabj.org.