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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Saint Martin
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/20/1978
Birth Location:
Stratford, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Saint Martin
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/20/1978
Birth Location:
Stratford
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Biography

Journalist Trymaine Lee was born on September 20, 1978. He was raised in Chesilhurst, New Jersey, and graduated from Milton S. Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Lee briefly attended Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania before transferring to Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, where he received his A.A. degree in communications in 2000. Lee went on to attend Rowan University, where he was a staff writer for the school’s newspaper, The Whit. In 2003, he graduated from Rowan University with his B.A. degree in journalism/communications.

Upon graduation, Lee was hired as an intern for the Philadelphia Daily News. He went on to work as a police and crime reporter at the Philadelphia Tribune and Trenton, New Jersey’s The Trentonian. In 2005, Lee was hired as a reporter for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he covered Hurricane Katrina and was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting for his coverage of the storm’s aftermath. From 2006 to 2010, Lee served as a staff reporter at The New York Times, where he covered the Harlem beat for the paper’s metro desk and contributed to The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal. From 2011 to 2012, Lee worked as a senior reporter for The Huffington Post and was one of the first national reporters to cover the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012. That same year, he was hired as a national reporter for MSNBC, where he reports on social justice issues and the impact of politics and policy on everyday people.

In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize, Lee was named the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2006 Emerging Journalist of the Year. He also received Rowan University’s Alumnus of Distinction Award in 2006 and Camden County College’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010. In 2011, the New York chapter of the NABJ honored Lee with the Griot Award for Overall Excellence, and, in 2012, he received the April Sidney Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

Trymaine Lee was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 20, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Trymaine Lee's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Trymaine Lee lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Trymaine Lee talks about his mother's influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Trymaine Lee talks about his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Trymaine Lee describes his maternal grandmother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Trymaine Lee lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Trymaine Lee describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Trymaine Lee describes his community in Chesilhurst, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Trymaine Lee remembers the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Trymaine Lee describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Trymaine Lee describes his upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Trymaine Lee remembers his stepfather's struggle with addiction, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Trymaine Lee remembers his stepfather's struggle with addiction, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Trymaine Lee describes his neighbors in Chesilhurst, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Trymaine Lee remembers Chesilhurst Elementary School in Chesilhurst, New Jersey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Trymaine Lee describes his early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Trymaine Lee describes his early authority figures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Trymaine Lee remembers Chesilhurst Elementary School in Chesilhurst, New Jersey, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Trymaine Lee recalls his admission to the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Trymaine Lee remembers his arrival at the Milton Hershey School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Trymaine Lee reflects upon his experiences as a boarding school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Trymaine Lee reflects upon his time at the Milton Hershey School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Trymaine Lee describes the social culture of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Trymaine Lee remembers his academic success at the Milton Hershey School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Trymaine Lee remembers playing football at the Milton Hershey School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Trymaine Lee remembers his teenage dating experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Trymaine Lee recalls the influence of hip hop culture, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Trymaine Lee recalls the influence of hip hop culture, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Trymaine Lee describes the development of his interest in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Trymaine Lee remembers being recruited to play college football
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Trymaine Lee describes his decision to leave Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Trymaine Lee remembers the death of his childhood friend
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Trymaine Lee remembers developing a mature worldview
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Trymaine Lee describes his decision to attend Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Trymaine Lee remembers the journalism program at Rowan University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Trymaine Lee remembers his summer employment at Circus Time Amusements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Trymaine Lee recalls securing an internship at the Philadelphia Daily News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Trymaine Lee describes his internship experiences at the Philadelphia Daily News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Trymaine Lee remembers his mentor, Michael I. Days
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Trymaine Lee recalls working as a police reporter at The Philadelphia Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Trymaine Lee talks about his experiences at The Trentonian
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Trymaine Lee remembers joining the Times Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Trymaine Lee remembers his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Trymaine Lee remembers his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Trymaine Lee remembers the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Trymaine Lee remembers winning a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Trymaine Lee remembers joining the metro desk of The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Trymaine Lee describes his challenges at The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Trymaine Lee talks about his coverage of the New York State Assembly
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Trymaine Lee talks about the impact of digital technology on print journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Trymaine Lee talks about the lack of black journalists at mainstream publications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Trymaine Lee remembers joining The Huffington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Trymaine Lee remembers his colleagues at The Huffington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Trymaine Lee remembers breaking the news of Trayvon Martin's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Trymaine Lee talks about the journalistic philosophy at The Huffington Post
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Trymaine Lee talks about the changes in the news industry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Trymaine Lee talks about the changes in the news industry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Trymaine Lee talks about the future of black journalism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Trymaine Lee describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Trymaine Lee reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Trymaine Lee reflects upon the legacy of his generation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Trymaine Lee narrates his photographs