Cater Lee Gets a Gig at INN in LA

Cater_Lee_5x7.jpg Two things: there’s a new non-profit doing investigative work and veteran jounro Cater Lee is now working there.

Press release in full:

The new non-profit Investigative News Network (INN) has recruited Cater Lee, a broadcast journalist with an extensive background in local, cable and network news, to be its new Director of Communications and Community Engagement.

INN is a collaboration of more than 40 non-profit news organizations devoted to producing investigative reporting in the public interest. Lee was hired by INN’s inaugural CEO, Kevin Davis, to help brand, market and work with its members to reach the widest audience and achieve the highest impact with investigative reporting.

Cater Lee brings 20 years of broadcast experience to INN, having won five Emmy awards for reporting, writing and producing, including her series on medical crises in Nicaragua, the Gulf War in Kuwait, crumbling classrooms in Los Angeles, and childhood obesity. She has covered presidential campaigns and conventions, conducted interviews with world leaders and Supreme Court justices.

She worked with the Federal Communication Commission this summer, doing research, writing and interviews for the FCC report, “Future of Media and Information Needs of Communities in a Digital Age.” A large part of her work for the FCC included examining the changes in investigative reporting, particularly in local broadcast news. Lee says, “Instead of lamenting the challenges facing investigative journalists, I wanted to embrace the opportunities that exist to tell stories that make an impact on people’s lives and communities. My new role at Investigative News Network will allow me to promote what our members are doing and the results of their work.” She adds, “I am thrilled to be part of a forward-thinking movement in the future of the media.” Cater will work out of Los Angeles.

“We are delighted to have someone of Cater’s experience and skills onboard at INN,” said INN’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Davis. “Highlighting the great work that is being produced by our Network and helping get that content out to reach the widest audience is a key part of meeting INN’s mandate.”

Lee is also an Adjunct Professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, having just graduated from USC Annenberg with a Masters’ degree in Specialized Journalism, focusing on new media.

She has worked for several Los Angeles news organizations, including KCBS, KCAL9, KNBC, NBC’s “Today” show, and CNN’s west coast bureau. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

INN was founded in July 2009 to bring together the strengths of a growing number of non-profit news organizations, both national and local. Currently there are 42 member organizations.