Friday, January 15, 2010

Today's News NJ Columnist of the Year 2009 Richard A. Lee

High five for Richard A. Lee Today's News NJ Columnist of the Year 2009 a job well done!!!!!


Richard A. Lee, Director of Communications for the Hall Institute of Public Policy – New Jersey, has 30 years of professional experience in journalism and public relations. At the Hall Institute, he is responsible for media relations and all promotional and marketing activities. He also conducts research and writes papers for the institute, focusing on media, government and politics.

Prior to joining the Hall Institute, Rich was a Deputy Director of Communications in the New Jersey Governor’s Office, where he wrote and edited material for the Governor and assisted with the supervision of the Communications Department. He previously served as a Public Information Officer for the New Jersey General Assembly and the Township of Woodbridge.

As a journalist, Rich held a variety of jobs ranging from political reporter to rock music critic. He worked at daily and weekly newspapers as well as an entertainment news-magazine, and his freelance articles appeared in a variety of publications. While working as State House Correspondent for The News Tribune of Woodbridge, he was awarded first place in the New Jersey Press Association’s 1987 Better News Contest in the Interpretive Writing Category.

Rich, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Media Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, holds an M.A. from Montclair State University and a B.A. from Saint Bonaventure University. He has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Rutgers University and Mercer County Community College, teaching courses in media, government and communication and frequently speaks on these topics at forums and seminars. His weekly column on public policy issues appears in The Alternative Press, In The Lobby, New Jersey Newsroom and Today’s News NJ.

Rich authored a chapter on the impact of protest music during the Vietnam War era for War and the Media: Essays on News Reporting, Propaganda and Popular Culture, a book published by McFarland & Company in September 2009.

A resident of Hamilton Square, N.J., Rich and his wife Anne have two daughters, Meredith, Executive Assistant/Development Officer at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, and Jessi, an optometry student at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.