Journalist-turned-lawyer honored with award

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Audrey Lee was among 12 alumni honored with the Mike and Joyce Shinn African-American Leaders & Innovators award at the Black Alumni Network‘s reunion, held on campus Sept. 25-27. The award recognizes leaders from the KU community for their impact on society.

Lee earned two degrees from KU’s School of Journalism: an undergraduate degree in news information followed by a Master’s of Science degree. She is also a member of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, KU’s first historically black sorority, and reflected on the organization’s centennial celebration held earlier this year.

As a journalist, Lee worked on international media campaigns for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pope John Paul II and U.S. ambassadors. She also served on the faculty of the University of Louisville, Sullivan College and Paducah Community College. After earning her law degree from the University of Kentucky, she now works as a senior criminal defense attorney in the Paducah Trial Office for the Department of Public Advocacy. In 2012, she was recognized as the Woman of the Year by the Kentucky Federation of Business and Professional Women, and she received the Mayor’s Award of Merit.

Watch our video below to learn more about Lee.


Learn about other honorees of the African-American Leaders & Innovators Project here. These talented and sometimes controversial African-Americans helped shape the University as well as the cities, states and nations their work touched.

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