Challenge Trek Team
Home Location: Tyler, TX
Occupation: Journalist, Dallas Morning
Lee Hancock works for the regional desk of the Dallas Morning News.
A reporter with the newspaper since 1987, she's covered stories
ranging from the Branch Davidian siege near Waco, to the Oklahoma
City bombing, and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in Washington
D.C. and New York. Her overseas assignments include stories from
Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey and Jordan in 1990, 1991 and 1992 on the Persian
Gulf crisis and war and its aftermath; and stories from Pakistan
in 2001 on U.S. military actions in Afghanistan.
Her work has been featured on CNN, Court TV, ABC’s Nightline and
Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC World News
Service and PBS Newshour. She has won a number of awards, including
the Texas Headliners Foundation star reporter of the year, Texas
Headliners Foundation investigative report of the year and Texas
APME awards for breaking news reporting and community service. Before
joining the News, Lee worked at the News & Observer in Raleigh,
N.C., and the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Ms.
A native of Mississippi, she grew up roaming rivers in the Arkansas
Ozarks and went to college in the mountains of Tennessee, graduating
with honors in 1981 from the University of the South. She and her
husband Steve and their six-year-old daughter Erin live near Tyler.
They spend most of their vacation time outdoors, including canoeing
in the Canadian wilderness, hiking in the mountain West, sailing
and scuba diving. .