A native of Brooklyn, Lee Harris grew up on Long Island and began his on-air career at the age of 13, voicing “School-scope” reports on WGBB in Freeport. He worked for several other Long Island stations while in high school before heading off to the University of Wisconsin.
Lee worked as a newscaster and in management at major news/talk operations including KTAR in Phoenix, KMOX in St. Louis and WGN/Tribune Radio Networks in Chicago.
In 1988, Lee became co-owner and general manager of a small station in the Madison, Wisconsin market and actually lived in an apartment above the studios.
In 1993, Lee sold his share in the station and returned to his home territory where he was lucky enough to land a job at 1010 WINS.
In 1995, Lee was selected to take over the “top-of-the hour” morning anchor position, occupied for the previous 30 years by the legendary Paul Smith. “Paul had a great off-hand style, he could be extremely humorous, but also deadly serious when the occasion called for it. I like to think of myself as his spiritual descendant, but he’s a tough act to follow.”
Lee was named best newscaster at the 2000 New York Achievement in Radio Awards.