Senior Fellows

Lee Cullum

Journalist, Host on KERA

(214) 521-3667

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Lee Cullum is a journalist who currently hosts CEO, a series of interviews with leaders from the world of business, produced by the PBS station in Dallas-Fort Worth. She also contributes columns to the Dallas Morning News and commentaries to the National Public Radio station in North Texas.

Cullum has done regular commentary for the PBS News Hour and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She was editor of the editorial page of the Dallas Times Herald and edited D Magazine, which during her tenure was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

In addition, Cullum has done political analysis for the CBS affiliate in north Texas. She has hosted Conversations, a series of biographical interviews with major newsmakers for the PBS station in that area. She has appeared on Nightline, CNN, and MSNBC and on various television programs in Europe. She also has conducted seminars on journalism in Central and Eastern Europe and moderated panels for the World Economic Forum in Davos. She has spoken to press associations in Texas, Minnesota and New England; to committees on foreign relations in Houston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas and Tulsa; and to the International Women’s Forum in Dallas as well as organizations in Berlin and Dublin.

Cullum worked as a reporter and then executive producer and on-air moderator of Newsroom, a nightly program on the PBS affiliate in Dallas. She also developed several productions for broadcast on PBS including a profile of Lillian Hellman that was nominated for an Emmy.

Cullum anchored the Election Specials that won the Columbia DuPont Broadcast Journalism Award for KERA-TV. She also has received honorary degrees from the Monterey Institute for International Studies and the University of Puget Sound, the Matrix Award from Women in Communications twice, as well as the Woman of Achievement Award from Southern Methodist University and the C.E. Shuford Award for Outstanding Journalist in Dallas-Fort Worth. In addition, she was given the J.B. Marryatt Award by the Dallas Press Club.

Cullum has served on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Council on Germany, the Pacific Council on International Policy, Freedom House, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (chair) and the Social Sciences Foundation benefitting the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver . She currently is on the board of the American Security Project and the School of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the InterAmerican Dialogue, the National Committee on US-China Relations, the Texas Philosophical Society as well as CFR and PCIP. She is a fellow of the Dallas Institute on Humanities along with the Tower Center.

Cullum attended Sweet Briar College and graduated from Southern Methodist University. She has one son, Cullum, an adjunct professor of economics at SMU, also a senior fellow at the Tower Center and in finance, who lives in Dallas with his wife Nita and their three daughters, Lili, Annabel and Charlotte.