Lee Ringer joined the East Texas News team in June of 2001, and became Chief Meteorologist in June of 2002. He anchors the weather segments of the East Texas News on weekdays and is the wizard of the weather web pages. Before coming to KTRE, Lee served as a Weather Intern at WIS-TV, in Columbia, South Carolina (a sister station in the Liberty Corporation group), and as an on-air personality at WKDK-AM in his hometown of Newberry, South Carolina.
Lee became interested in weather after a tornado devastated his hometown in March of 1984. He was only six years old at the time. In June 2001, Tropical Storm Allison made landfall in Texas and gave parts of East Texas over a foot of rain, making Lee’s first week on the job at KTRE an exciting one.
Lee received the American Meteorological Society/Industry Undergraduate Scholarship while still in college. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, and has also completed graduate-level courses in tropical meteorology and satellite meteorology. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Lee is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. In September 2002, he was awarded the Seal of Approval of the American Meteorological Society in recognition of the quality of his television weather broadcasts.
According to a news release from the American Meteorological Society, “The Seal is awarded by the Society to broadcast meteorologists who meet established criteria for scientific competence and effective communication skills in their weather presentations. Among radio and television meteorologists, the Seal of Approval is sought as a mark of distinction and a recognition of achievement in the communication of scientific information… Professional meteorologists have confidence that weather presentations made by sealholders will be technically sound and responsibly delivered. The general public can have equal confidence in the quality and reliability or weather presentations made by broadcast meteorologists approved by the Society.”
Lee made has emceed KTRE’s telecast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon since 2002. He and his fellow emcees are used to working together as a team on the East Texas News, and it was evident in how smoothly and professionally the emcee duties are performed during the telethon.
When he’s not hard at work, he enjoys racquetball and reading. He is single and loves spending time with his family and friends. Unfortunately, that is harder to do these days. Lee, like so many in the television business, moved far away from his family and friends back in the Carolinas to find a job in television. We’re glad he’s a part of our KTRE family, though. Lee says that what he likes most about East Texas are the friendly people.
Lee counts his favorite book as Isaac’s Storm, a story about the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas in 1900. His favorite movies include “The Green Mile” and “The Waterboy”.
You may e-mail Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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