Lee Banville

Associate Professor


Personal Summary

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 beginning reporting class, intermediate and advanced digital and web reporting, and the school’s introductory media history and literacy course. He’s also taught courses in election and political coverage, and is gearing up to teach the school’s media law course.

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 NewsHour PBS, 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 is also the editorial director of the Games and Learning Publishing Council, a board of leading academics and game developers that is working to expand the impact of gaming on education.

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.