Journalism and Promotional Communication Division
and Communication Building, Rm. 278
School of Communication
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Professional Experience & Community Activities
Dr. Jae-won Lee, Professor Emeritus, has been a member of the faculty of the School of Communication for 35 years until his retirement in 2008. During his last four years, he directed the school’s Division of Journalism and Promotional Communication. Concurrently, he also served as Assistant to the Provost and later as the university’s Director of Curricular Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs ever since 1993.
A graduate of Seoul National University (B.A. and M.A. in English), he worked five years as a reporter for The Korea Times in early 1960s. Under a Fulbright Scholarship, he completed his master’s in journalism at Marquette University in 1969 and his Ph.D. degree in mass communication at the University of Iowa in 1972.
Dr. Lee did teaching and research in the areas of professional journalism, international communication and political communication. Besides being an active member of various national and international associations of his field, he has been fellows at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, American Press Institute and the East-West Center in Hawaii. In 1980, he served a semester as a visiting professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security of the South Korean government. He has been a Fulbright Professor twice for a semester each—to Botswana (Africa) in 2002 and to South Korea in 1988. In 2008 again, he received a Fulbright Senior Specialist award for guest lecturing and curricular advising at Kathmandu University in Nepal. He is one of the 12 recipients of the 1987 National Teaching Awards for Excellence in Journalism Teaching from the Poynter Institute.
During the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, he worked at the games’ Main Press Center as a senior writer. Out of this experience, he eventually founded the first-ever global Olympic journalism competition, Olympic Media Awards, in 1995. He ran the awards program for the Atlanta Games of 1996 and the Nagano Winter Games of 1998 by serving as its executive director. Ever since, Olympic journalism has been one of his major research interest areas.
Dr. Lee specializes in news-journalism studies focusing on news-reporting behaviors, media’s role in political campaigns and media’s coverage of critical events. Besides publishing more than 50 research articles in journals and as book chapters, he also has edited or written four books, including one e-book. His latest research centers around the issue of subjectivity in news journalism in the context of the occupational norm of objectivity.
Lee received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, his M.A. in Journalism from Marquette University, and both an M.A. and B.A. in English from Seoul National University.
Dr. Lee is married with two adult children that both live in NYC and also in his spare time he really enjoys gardening.