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Lee Banville joined the University of Montana faculty after more than 13 years at the Online NewsHour, the multiple award-winning companion Web site to the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He joined the NewsHour in October 1995 -- when new media was actually still new -- as one of the three founding editors of the Web site. He became the managing editor in 1997 and took over complete operations in October of 1998.
In that role, he guided the NewsHour's digital coverage of seven national election cycles, the Iraq war and its aftermath, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, eight national political conventions, and the impeachment of President Clinton.
He also launched one of the first podcasts in public broadcasting and developed the first video player on PBS.org. Before joining the NewsHour, Lee worked at the public relations firm of Fleishman-Hillard and as a reporter for the Norfolk-based Virginian-Pilot.
In 2011, he joined the Patchwork Nation reporting project as a contributing editor, helping guide the site and report on issues of regional and national importance.
He and his wife, Jule, a member of the adjunct faculty, live in Missoula with their daughter Kate.