Associate Professor Lee Banville joined the University of Montana faculty in 2009 after 13 years at PBS NewsHour, where he was editor-in-chief of the Online NewsHour.
With a background in web and digital reporting and social media, Lee teaches courses that include the digital and web reporting, audience engagement, and the school’s introductory media history and literacy course. He also teaches media law, with a focus on access and open meeting laws and co-teaches election reporting every two years.
He received his bachelor of arts in English and government from the College of William & Mary and earned his master’s degree in political science from the University of Montana. Before joining the PBS NewsHour, Lee worked briefly in public relations and as a stringer at the Virginian-Pilot.
He is the author of "Debating Our Destiny: Presidential Debate Moments that Shaped History," written for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions in 2012 and updated in 2013. He also authored a two-volume encyclopedia, "Covering American Politics in the 21st Century: An Encyclopedia of News Media Titans, Trends, and Controversies," that was published in January 2017 by ABC-CLIO.
Banville described himself as “a poor fly fisherman, mediocre curler and for some reason the teacher of most of the large classes the School of Journalism offers.” He is married to faculty member Jule Banville, and they have two girls.