Communications Faculty

Mr. Lee WilliamsMr. Lee Williams

Assistant Professor
Baird Hall, Room 221F
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  • M.A., Communications
    University of Illinois
  • Poynter Institute News Management Seminars
    Substantial knowledge of broadcast law, management and community service.
  • B.A., Broadcast Journalism and Speech (Summa cum laude)
    University of North Texas

Professional Experience

  • 2011-Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications
  • 2006-2011, Instructor, Department of Communications
    Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

  • 2006-Present, Freelance Producer
    ABC, NBC News and The Weather Channel
    • Coordinated coverage of the Joplin, tornado, Picher, OK tornado, Miami, OK flooding, Texas/Oklahoma grassfires, school murder conspiracy, Oklahoma City bombing follow-ups, and other regional stories.

  • 2006-Present, Interim Executive Director
    Crime Commission
    • Managed the non-profit organization that funds Crime Stoppers, media spokesman, public speaker, created a new Crime Commission web site, and served on the Crime Commission Board of Directors for six years.

  • 1997-2005, News Director
    KTUL TV, Tulsa, OK
    • Led news team to ratings wins and top awards including top rated ABC late news in America for five years, all newscasts among ABC Top 10. Managed multi-million dollar budget and large staff.

  • 1990-1997, News Director, WAND TV
    Decatur/Springfield/Champaign, IL

  • 1989-1990, Executive Producer
    KTVI TV, St. Louis, MO
    • Oversaw large staff supervising primetime promotions and all phases of news coverage. Created new format and graphics. Advanced quality and awards. Executive Producer United Way Special simulcast.

  • 1986-1988, News Director
    KRDO TV, Colorado Springs, CO
    • Top rated station; won more Associated Press and Colorado Broadcasters Awards than other stations combined.

Honors & Awards

  • Heartland Emmy Awards Best Newscast two years in a row
  • Murrow Award Best Newscast
  • AWRT (American Women in Radio and TV) Award for Best News Director two consecutive contests
  • Presenter Oklahoma Speech and Communications Association, 2006
  • Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year Awards
  • Associated Press Award for Best Newscast, Illinois
  • Missouri Broadcasters Award for Best Newscast
  • Regional Emmy Award Best Newscast, Colorado
  • Dominated AP and Colorado Broadcasters Awards
  • Magazine articles published

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Tulsa, Class 29. Local community, business and leadership training.
  • Crime Commission, Board Member 2001-2006
  • Citizens’ Police Academy. Substantial training on police operations and issues.
  • Mentor to At-Risk Youth, Big Brothers