Richard A. Lee is a writer who has worked in journalism, government and academia during a career that spans nearly 40 years.
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, including The New York Times. 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.
In government, Rich held communications positions at the Mayor’s Office in Woodbridge, N.J., the New Jersey General Assembly and the Office of the Governor in New Jersey. He began teaching public relations as an adjunct instructor at Mercer County Community College in 1996 and taught a media and government class at Rutgers University from 2006 to 2011. In the summer of 2010, he served as a visiting professor at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, where he taught a class on media and elections.
Rich was a founding member of the Hall Institute of Public Policy – New Jersey and served as it Communications Director from 2005 to 2011. While at the Institute, he provided commentary and analysis for a number of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, WNBC-TV and the Fox News Channel.
Rich wrote 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. He also authored chapters in two books published by the Hall Institute.
In 2011, Rich returned to his alma mater, Saint Bonaventure University, as an Assistant Professor in the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He holds a B.A. in English from Saint Bonaventure and an M.A. in Public Media Arts from Montclair State University. In October of 2013, he received his Ph.D. in Media Studies from Rutgers University.
Rich and his wife Anne live in Olean, N.Y. They have two grown daughters. Meredith, 30, is Institutional Giving Manager at the Harlem School of the Arts. Jessi, 26, is an optometrist working as a pediatrics and vision therapy resident at the Eye Center at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.
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