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

  Charitable events going virtual, becoming mainstream

  Charlotte Rescue Mission pauses admissions at men’s shelter after COVID-19 outbreak

  Students, staff remember coach, teacher who died from COVID-19 in Lincoln County

  ‘I’ll never love Christmas again’; Kings Mountain woman worried about status of investigation into husband’s death

  3 men charged, 9-year-old girl injured after shots fired into home, vehicles in Charlotte

Friends, family mourn the loss of Mount Holly officer shot and killed Friday morning

  Local residents unsure if they’ll get the COVID-19 vaccination

  South Carolina gets ready to receive first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine

  Puppy found wrapped in garbage bags in Charlotte dumpster - now up for adoption

  Animal Care and Control hit huge milestone for adoptions in Charlotte

  City officials pass out Narcan in holiday gift bags in Lancaster, S.C.

  Snow blankets the N.C. mountains

  Long lines come as surprise as holiday travel ramps up from Charlotte

  Hundreds line up for Thanksgiving dinner drive-thru in west Charlotte

  Community leaders react to shooting death of 16-year-old boy in Charlotte

  Charlotte church convocation raises concerns during coronavirus pandemic

  'It was terrifying’: Pregnant woman held at knifepoint during carjacking in Catawba County

  CMS gets ready to welcome back some students starting Monday

  Hundreds of homes shot into in the Charlotte area this year

  Officials concerned after many seen without masks at Trump rally in Gastonia

  Town leaders ban trick or treating in Chester, S.C.

  Researchers still can’t find cause for deadly cancer in Huntersville

  Police: Woman shoots man who was sitting in patrol car in Cramerton

  $5K reward offered for arrest of person who left cat mutilated in neighborhood Mooresville park

  Iredell County residents scramble to register to vote ahead of deadline

  Many Charlotte-area bar owners still upset over governor’s restrictions

Animal rescues back in business to hold public fundraising events in N.C.'s Phase 3

  Bar owner worries about closing down after N.C. governor’s order

  Charlotte parent upset after inappropriate content allegedly appears during virtual class

  Church provides help as N.C. parents work through anxiety of a pandemic