Mike Lee is a London-based correspondent for ABC News. He contributes reports from around the globe for "World News with Charles Gibson," "Nightline," and other ABC News broadcasts and platforms.
Lee's work includes journeys throughout Africa, Latin America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific for his "Road to Anywhere" reports on "World News." On the "Road to Anywhere," Lee sets out to the far-flung corners of the world, with a small DV camera, a laptop computer, a satellite phone, and a mandate to look for unusual stories that show the audience the rich diversity of life in cultures and societies often overlooked in day-to-day news coverage.
Recently reporting from Africa, Lee covered the story of Jessie Stone, an American doctor who gave up a medical career in order to become an "extreme sports kayaker" on the dangerous white rapids of the Nile River in Uganda. In a strange twist to the story, when Stone saw children suffering from malaria, her instincts to save lives came rushing back and she added malaria education work to her unusual lifestyle far from home.
Also in Africa, Lee has journeyed by boat up the Niger River to the legendary "forbidden city" of Timbuktu. Other African "Road to Anywhere" stories include "Sweat Equity," a program in which poor, single mothers qualify for home loans by helping to construct a house; and "Memory Boxes," the story of how young children are given little tin boxes to hold photos and other evidence of parents who are dying of AIDS, parents they are too young to remember.
Lee has also filmed African stories about the controversial impact of U.S. funded Christian evangelical groups' AIDS prevention education where they teach against the use of condoms. He also found a young man whose right leg was paralyzed at birth by polio, a disease that has lingered in Africa long after being wiped out in America. But this disabled man has trained himself to perform amazing acrobatics in order to earn a living. "Africa, and other continents," says Lee, "are incredibly rich in stories that we Americans can relate to. We just have to find them, and that's my mission on the 'Road to Anywhere.'"
And "anywhere" is what he means. He went to the remote island of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, where young men fling themselves from 100-foot wooden towers, stopped inches from the ground by the long trees vines wrapped around their ankles. They are the original "bungee jumpers." In New Delhi, Lee told the story of a training school for back office call center workers, where they study angry scenes in movies starring Jack Nicholson, in order to prepare themselves for rude American callers. In Peru, he rode a horse into the mountains to interview the Shamans who still practice spiritual medicine by spitting a mixture of alcohol and tobacco on their patients.
Lee also maintains an active role in breaking news coverage. He was the first ABC News correspondent into northern Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and was part of the ABC News team that received a Peabody award for coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks and their aftermath.