- The career journalist has crafted an eclectic experience in broadcasting from the exotic tropics of the Virgin Islands to the cosmopolitan capital streets of Washington, D.C., but Alan Lee’s heart belongs to his beloved hometown of Chicago. Alan began his award-winning Journalism career at the acclaimed Purdue University newspaper, The Exponent, where he rose to the position of Sports Editor while still an undergrad. After earning his Journalism Degree, Alan left the chill of the Midwest to become a sports reporter in sunny St. Thomas, USVI.
His stint in the Islands became a crash course in mastering multimedia, where Alan also juggled jobs as a nighttime radio disc jockey and Sports Director of St. Thomas’ CBS television station, WBNB-TV. The rich flavor of island life provided one of the many fascinating future backdrops for the characters of Sandstorm.
From the Virgin Islands, Alan returned to the Windy City where he cut his teeth on major metropolitan news as an Assignment Desk Editor for powerhouse NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV.
After a stint in sports at the CBS affiliate in Evansville, Indiana, Alan accepted a newly-created co-anchor position on the morning show of Washington, D.C’s NBC station, WRC-TV. In addition to sharing the hallways with journalism legends like Robert Hagar, Fred Francis and Tim Russert, Alan had the privilege of covering the storied Washington newsbeats of the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA. It was here Alan’s burning lifelong interest in espionage truly caught fire, and where the first seeds of Sandstorm began to germinate.
Eventually, Alan was cajoled away from the Capital to become the Morning Anchor at Detroit’s Fox station, WJBK-TV. For eighteen years, Alan helped build Fox 2 News Morning into a ratings juggernaut, by combining his signature blend of seasoned journalism with an uncanny knack for making every guest, from politicians to entertainers, feel welcome and at ease. Alan particularly enjoyed interviewing and learning from the myriad of best-selling authors who made it a point to visit Fox 2 during the Detroit legs of their book tours. In July of 2014, Alan decided to leave the anchor desk to write full-time. Look for more Alex Koves adventures in the near future.
Alan resides in Southern California with his wife, their two sons and their two canine children, Winston and Daisy.
Sports, Sports and more Sports:
I’m a sports junkie. Can’t get enough. If my knees could talk they’d tell you how I’ve punished them through a life-long pursuit of pretending to be a professional athlete.
I used to come home upset after losing a particular basketball game only to hear my wife say, “Oh, I’m sorry. Are you in the NBA? I must have missed that game.”
Yeah. Yeah. Critics!
I did play a season of semi-pro baseball while living and working in St. Thomas of the United States Virgin Islands. It was a ton of fun playing at Roberts Stadium. I wish I was still in that kind of shape!
Football season is the worst. If I’m trying to write, it has to get done during the week. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for pigskin. Sundays I don’t move. Love the NFL and fantasy football only makes it better – or worse. With NFL Sunday Ticket I visit every stadium. Really, don’t call or ask me to do anyhing on a NFL Sunday. “No,” is a preconditioned response.
I can be found on the links when I have time, but it doesn’t take long to realize my golf game sucks. Dream is to play Augusta National one day. If that ever happens, I’m bringing a lot of balls.
It’s no accident my protagonist, Alex Koves, is a lover of jazz. I just couldn’t help myself on that front.
Jazz was the music I heard the most growing up in my household. The first concert my family took me to was to see Ramsey Lewis at Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois. At that age I was more concerned with the snacks than Lewis pounding piano keys, but obviously, it left a lasting impression.
Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington, Jr., Bob James, Dexter Gordon, Al Jarreau, Eddie Harris, I could go on for hours, but you get the point.