"Our communities are more than a pit stop on the superhighway to something better. We matter, our families matter and together we can make a difference."
Michelle Lee is an award winning broadcast journalist, an inductee of the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame and a recipient of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award honoring individuals who’ve given at least 25 years to the industry and their community.
Michelle was born in Rush City, Minnesota and grew up with her six siblings in a struggling working-class family. Michelle graduated from North Branch High School and attended a trade school to begin her career in journalism. Her humble beginnings and personal drive are clear in her desire to better our communities through her work. In fighting for those communities and supporting struggling people globally, she truly represents the Minnesotan spirit and Midwestern values.
During her career in broadcast journalism in Duluth, Minnesota, Michelle reported on critical issues for our communities. She hosted the program “healthy living” and was awarded the Excellence in Medical Journalism award by the Minnesota Medical Association and the Upper Midwest Award for Excellence in Medical Reporting from the American Heart Association. After the 2008 financial crisis, she succeeded in her effort to start a weekly segment called “Money Minute” to focus on the financial issues Minnesotans struggled with. She was also instrumental in fundraising for the construction of a state-of-the-art animal shelter.
In 2017 Michelle left her career as a television reporter and news anchor and became a political activist involved in her local unit of the DFL party.