Author Archives: Rich Lee

Podcast: A Conversation with Joe Grushecky

The very talented and accomplished Pittsburgh musician Joe Grushecky was kind of enough to join me for a podcast about his upcoming show in Niagara Falls, his new single with Bruce Springsteen and more. PLAY

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Four reasons why Sgt. Pepper remains relevant 50 years after its release

Fifty years after the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the songs on the Beatles’ iconic 1967 album still sound fresh and contemporary. But it is not just the music that has relevancy for life in 2017. Here … Continue reading

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Was Gary Hart right?

Thirty years ago today, the way journalists cover politicians changed forever. At the time, reporters had long considered politicians’ private lives off-limits. But on May 3, 1987, the Miami Herald reported that Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart had spent part … Continue reading

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An Old Beatles Story Provides a Lesson for a New Generation of Journalists

The most valuable lessons for journalism students sometimes come from odd and unusual places such as a Beatles convention I plan to attend this weekend. At the The Fest for Beatles Fans, I will have an opportunity to hear from … Continue reading

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Don’t Underestimate the Value of Watching Super Bowl Halftime Performances

Super Bowl LI featured a historic comeback and the first overtime in the history of the game, but the biggest attraction for television viewers did not involve any of the athletes on the field. Viewership peaked at 117.5 million during more

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Entertainment Once Again Comes to the Aid of Journalism

In a book chapter I wrote several years ago, I argued that protest music filled a gap in news coverage during the Vietnam War era because the songs provided Americans with news that the mainstream media was not reporting. Fast … Continue reading

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Why I Never Forgot Covering Joe Biden in 1986

It is not the most important story coming out of Washington today, but when Joe Biden’s term as vice president comes to a close, it will mark the first time in nearly 50 years that he has not held public … Continue reading

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