Lee Hill

Executive Producer, The Takeaway

Lee Hill is the Executive Producer for The Takeaway, where he oversees strategy, production, and planning of The Takeaway content across digital platforms.

Before WNYC, he was a founding editor of Inside Energy, a Colorado-based journalism collaboration between NPR and PBS stations where he oversaw engagement. Prior to that, Lee worked at Colorado Public Radio in Denver as a Public Insight Network (PIN) analyst and reporter, where he reported on the experiences of everyday Coloradans on stories ranging from wildfires to gun policy, to marijuana legalization and racial inequities, and the 2012 presidential race. At CPR, he was also deputy digital editor and helped to oversee the re-design of CPR.org.

Lee arrived in Denver from Washington D.C., where he 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 NPR's Audience Services group and refocused the network's daily online engagement with its audience. He has also worked as a correspondent for Teen Summit, airing on Black Entertainment Television, and as a junior editor at The Milwaukee Courier newspaper.

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 was a web producer and blogger until 2011 for NPR.org, which received a 2009 Peabody Award for its content. His work has also been recognized with a National Headliner Award and an "Award of Excellence" by the Colorado Broadcasters Association. In 2013, he was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists. And in 2016, he received the National Association of Black Journalists' "Salute to Excellence Award" for Digital Innovation.

Lee is a 2003 graduate of Howard University, where he studied journalism and economics.

Lee Hill appears in the following:

Key Moments from the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Takeaway breaks down the significance of the Biden-Harris inauguration and looks ahead to how President Biden plans to address several policy challenges in his first 100 days. 


Reckoning with Race in Public Media

Thursday, July 09, 2020

In the midst of a nationwide push for racial justice, public media is having a reckoning of its own.


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Addresses Racial Disparities in her City's COVID-19 Outbreak

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins The Takeaway to discuss racial disparities in her city's coronavirus cases and how her government is responding.

Truck Mows Down Pedestrians and Cyclists on TriBeCa Bike Path, Killing 8

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

At least 11 others were injured in an attack Mayor de Blasio referred to as "a cowardly act of terror." The suspect, who was shot and taken into custody, is expected to survive.

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5 Takeaways From The Rowdy Mayoral Debate Everyone's Still Talking About

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred Tuesday night with his top opponents State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Independent candidate Bo Dietl. There was lots of drama. 

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Twenty Years Later: The Police Assault on Abner Louima and What it Means

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The horrific attack in the bathroom of an NYPD precinct house in Brooklyn changed New York, but maybe not enough.

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Sophia, Ethan, Liam. Here's What New York City Parents Are Naming Their Kids.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

But there are nuances among different ethnic groups.

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The First Presidential Debate, from the Perspective of Locals Who Watched It

Monday, September 26, 2016

WNYC reporters hung out with voters of many stripes to get their reactions to the debate in real time.


If I Were Hillary, What Would I Say Tonight?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

WNYC asked Democrats on the bus in Philadelphia what they would say if they were giving Hillary Clinton's speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention.


Images of Day 3 at the DNC: How the (Radio) Sausage is Made

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On the next-to-the-last day of the Democratic National Convention, here's a view where we sit.  


WNYC @ DNC: The Daily Download From Our Reporters

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A dramatic roll call ended with Bernie Sanders proclaiming the nomination of Hillary Clinton. Then came a night of stirring speeches.


Images of Day Two at the DNC: Gun Violence and Mothers of the Movement

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The second day of the Democratic National Convention focuses on curbing gun violence and Clinton's response to 9/11.


WNYC @ DNC: Bernie or Bust

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders capped off the first night of the convention with a full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton, but for some of his die-hard supporters, that may not be enough.

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Images of Day One at the DNC: A Rocky Start Filled with Protests

Monday, July 25, 2016

Bernie Sanders tells his delegates the country must elect Hillary and he's booed. 


Day Four at the RNC: One Last Round

Thursday, July 21, 2016

We hit the pavement on the final day the big GOP meetup. Here's what we found. 


WNYC@RNC: Ted Cruz Gets GOP Love, Then Booed off Convention Stage

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Day three of RNC speeches can be described in one word: Drama.

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Day Three at the RNC: A Day of Protests and Arrests

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Our team witnessed several people being arrested outside the Quicken Loans Arena.  


Day Two at the RNC: Donald Trump's Official Nomination

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Accusations of plagiarism dominate the day's news and Chris Christie takes the stage.


Day One at the RNC: 7 Things to See

Monday, July 18, 2016

We have a team of journalists in Cleveland this week. Here's what they're seeing. You should see this, too. 

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