|Expertise:||Football, Journalism, Toronto Area|
|Industry:||Communications, Football, Media|
What makes you a good mentor?
I have been fortunate to have learned from so many mentors and will forever be indebted for the generous people who guided my career. I have always placed a high value on mentorship and shared experience. If I can help students and Raven football players at Carleton, let me know how.
About Mark Lee
My interest in broadcasting took root as a youth. I followed my father’s 40-year career in radio with great curiosity, joining him on weekend assignments whenever I could. Even as an adolescent, I knew this was for me.
While pursuing a Journalism degree at Carleton and playing football for the Ravens, I worked part-time for two Ottawa radio stations. It was my own version of a “co-op program” that was so helpful in preparing me for full-time employment when I graduated. My goal was to combine my love of sports with my passion for journalism. This led me to wonderful opportunities in both private and public broadcasting.
My career at CBC spanned 34 years and included work as a host and documentary-maker for CBC Radio’s award-winning program The Inside Track. After 12 years in radio, I moved to CBC TV, where I continued to produce network documentaries, investigative reports and daily sports stories for the suppertime news. It was at this time that I also moved into the field of live event sports television.
I have been fortunate to cover 11 Olympic Games, most recently in Sochi, Russia (hockey) and will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (track and field) in 2016. My career at CBC TV includes 22 years as an announcer on the CFL on CBC and Hockey Night in Canada. I am a two-time Gemini Award winner and have been honoured with several international awards for broadcast journalism. I am currently semi-retired from CBC but continuing to pursue freelance contract opportunities.