Lee Pitts is a radio and TV reporter with CBC in St. John's, Newfoundland. He's been there since 2004, but originally joined CBC as a summer student in 1999. He also works as a radio and television producer.
Lee is a general assignment reporter, assigned to regional radio and TV, but he often files for the network. He covers breaking news, news of the day, features, and enterprise reporting. Some of his work includes covering the story of a family who claimed sanctuary in a church because they were facing deportation by the Canadian government; struggles and tragedy in the Newfoundland fishing community. He's also covered local political angles and reported on soldiers from Newfoundland who were killed in Afghanistan.
He also worked as a radio reporter with CBC Toronto and where his work included covering the Live 8 Poverty aid concert, by providing live half-hour rants to National radio news. He also reported on Karla Homolka's release from prison in 2005. Lee has worked in Central Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia, too.
Lee recently won an Atlantic Journalism Award for spot radio news. He, and two others from his newsroom, won the award for their immediate team coverage of a communications blackout. The blackout knocked out 911 emergency service and most phone service in parts of the province. This story showed the reliance on the latest technology and the communications industry for reporters to do their jobs quickly. Without phones or the Internet, the simplest task to get this story to air had to be reevaluated.
Lee has done some travelling. He's been all over Europe and most recently, travelled through Croatia and a part of Slovenia.