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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lake Louise, Canada
Favorite Quote:
Even if I die it doesn't mean that God didn't heal me.

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1957
Birth Location:
South Boston, Virginia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lake Louise, Canada
Favorite Quote:
Even if I die it doesn't mean that God didn't heal me.

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1957
Birth Location:
South Boston
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Biography

Television executive Jefferi Keith Lee was born on January 24, 1957 in South Boston, Virginia to General and Nannie Lee. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Robert E. Lee Elementary School, and then graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Lee studied radio, television and film at Missouri Valley College and at the University of Maryland in College Park.

In 1979, after working as an intern at the CBS affiliate WDVM-TV in Washington, D.C., Lee was hired as a production assistant for Morning Break and Harambee. Subsequently, he joined the production staff of television's first weekly newsmagazine show, PM Magazine, and became the show's associate producer in 1981. Then, in 1982, Lee was hired as the network operations manager for Black Entertainment Television. He was promoted to executive vice president of network operations in 1992, which expanded his responsibilities to oversee the development of two new BET networks including BET On Jazz: The Cable Jazz Channel, and BET International. Lee left BET as executive vice president in 1998 and founded Lee Productions, a communications consulting firm. Then, from 2005 until 2008, he served as executive director and president of the Bio-Defense Research Group. Lee was named general manager of Howard University's PBS outlet, WHUT-TV, in 2011.

Lee has also been involved in various non-profit organizations where he served on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Easter Seals, and as a member of the Georgia Tech Presidents Advisory Board. Lee was also an elder member of the Olive Branch’s Elder Board. He serves as the chief executive officer of the Brandon Carrington Lee Foundation with his wife, Tina Mance-Lee, who serves as chief operating officer. Lee has also lectured at Howard University and taught as a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lee and his wife live in Silver Spring, Maryland. They have two sons: Brandon Lee (deceased) and Jefferi Lee, a web developer.

Jefferi Lee was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 24, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jefferi Lee's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jefferi Lee lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jefferi Lee describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jefferi Lee talks about his mother, Nannie Jane Carrington, her involvement in her community, and her employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jefferi Lee describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jefferi Lee describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jefferi Lee talks about his father's growing up in South Boston, Virginia, and his service in the U.S. Army in the Korean War
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jefferi Lee talks about his parents' different family backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jefferi Lee talks about his parents' move to Alexandria, Virginia, and his father's employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jefferi Lee talks about his likeness to his father, his mother's last months, and his parents' emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jefferi Lee talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jefferi Lee describes his favorite childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jefferi Lee talks about the neighborhood where his family lived in Alexandria, Virginia, and his childhood there
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jefferi Lee talks about the demographics of Alexandria, Virginia in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jefferi Lee talks about attending elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jefferi Lee talks about his role models in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jefferi Lee talks about his favorite subject in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jefferi Lee talks about his interest in baseball as a young boy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jefferi Lee talks about his mother's death in 1971 and his family's life afterwards
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jefferi Lee describes his experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jefferi Lee talks about the teachers who influenced him in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jefferi Lee talks about his cross-country trip after graduating from high school, and his trip to Canada with his father and siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jefferi Lee talks about his sister's role in his family, and his initial hesitation towards attending college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jefferi Lee discusses his decision to attend Missouri Valley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jefferi Lee describes his experience at Missouri Valley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jefferi Lee talks about having his own radio show at Missouri Valley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jefferi Lee talks about transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park, and interning at WDVM, Channel 9 in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jefferi Lee talks about his job in the mailroom at WDVM in Washington, D.C., and his opportunity to join the management trainee program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jefferi Lee talks about his production experience at WDVM in Washington, D.C., and his mentors there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jefferi Lee talks about leaving WDVM station to join Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 1982, during its early days
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jefferi Lee talks about his experience at Black Entertainment Television (BET) in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jefferi Lee talks about "Petey" Greene
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jefferi Lee talks about the growth of Black Entertainment Television (BET)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jefferi Lee talks about Black Entertainment Television (BET)'s increased programming, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jefferi Lee talks about Black Entertainment Television (BET)'s increased programming, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jefferi Lee talks about brand loyalty for Black Entertainment Television (BET)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jefferi Lee talks about Black Entertainment Television (BET)'s jazz programming and news and public affairs programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jefferi Lee describes his photographs