Ron Lee

Ron Lee

Reporter, Photographer

Charlotte, NC

Ron started out his broadcasting career over three decades ago in his hometown of San Diego, California at KNSD-TV. Just days into the job, he found himself pinned down taking cover behind police cars while officers and a gunman exchanged fire.

Two years later, Ron took a job across the street at KFMB-TV as a sound technician and later promoted to news photographer, learning the tricks of the trade from some of the best in the business.

Ron made the jump to the east coast when he accepted a position in Columbia, South Carolina, working for WIS-TV. Years later, he was offered a position at the ABC affiliate in Charlotte as a photojournalist in 1993. It was there Ron covered such news events as the crash of a DC-9 at Charlotte/Douglas International, and the tragic story of the Susan Smith trial in Union, South Carolina.

Wanting to expand his experiences, Ron accepted a job as the Chief Photographer in Charleston, South Carolina, at WCIV-TV NewsChannel 4. That position put him in charge of training the next generation of reporters and photographers where he spent three years.

Then in 1998, he came back to Charlotte to work for WBTV, where he’s been for over 20 years. Starting as a news photographer, he rose through the ranks working his way into a management position, then eventually into an on-air reporting position. Some of Ron’s most notable stories included covering the attacks on the towers in New York on 9/11 and the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

Most recently, Ron has hit the speaking circuit, going all across the country training bloggers and video journalists techniques to improve their craft. On his off time, Ron is an avid motorcycle rider making the yearly trek to Sturgis, South Dakota, for the Black Hills Rally.

He also works with several animal rescue groups fostering dogs hoping to find them forever homes.

Recent Articles by Ron

  Catalytic converter theft on the rise in Charlotte

  As COVID-19 restrictions ease, officials step up community policing efforts

  Community remembers Rock Hill mass shooting victim James Lewis

  Dozens gather to remember James Lewis, victim of Rock Hill mass shooting

  Concerns after CDC puts ‘pause’ on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Vigil held in Uptown to remember those lost to the pandemic

  Memorials left for family shot to death in Rock Hill

Crowds take to the skies after CDC changes regulations on travel

  Art being used to get the word out about Covid-19 vaccines

  ‘Heartache is still here’: N.C. community still grieving after dog shot to death outside country store

  ‘This neighborhood ain’t no good’: Three minors hurt in two connected Charlotte shootings

  ‘Gentle giant’: Dog shot, killed outside store in Caldwell County

  Protest at South Point High School over removal of mascot

  Charlotte police introduce new task force to combat gun violence

  Local businesses celebrate easing of COVID-19 restrictions

  Union County horse rescue in danger of closing

  As high school proms get canceled, students make alternate plans to dance

  CMS parents fed up with remote learning, want children back in classroom

  Joel Odem, youngest mayoral candidate in Charlotte, remembered at vigil

  Looking one year later at a Charlotte bar turned grocery store during COVID-19 pandemic

  Fort Mill, Harris Teeter gearing up for mass vaccination clinic Thursday

  Workers in Group 3 now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

  Family members remember west Charlotte homicide victim

  Thrift store used to fund missionaries destroyed by fire in Lenoir

  Fire damages Lenoir thrift store, several others businesses in strip mall

  ‘All your funeral costs are paid for’: Good Samaritan steps up to help mother whose children died in mobile home fire

  North Carolina foothills bracing ahead of storm

  Mother accidentally shot, killed after young child finds gun in her purse

  Complaints arise about trash left by homeless at Mecklenburg County building

  Charlotte man who survived battle with COVID-19 celebrates 90th birthday