Lee moved to London in 1977, where he covered the ongoing story of the British-IRA conflict. His first assignment as a foreign correspondent was his two-year marathon coverage of the civil war in Beirut, for which he received the Overseas Press Club Award. Over the years, Lee has maintained his interest in Middle Eastern affairs, reporting from the scene of major stories such as the Iranian Revolution, the terrorist bombing of the American soldiers in Lebanon, the Camp David peace process, the front lines of the Iran-Iraq war, and the 1991 Gulf War.
In Europe, Lee has reported on just about every major story of the past 25 years: The night the Berlin Wall came down, he sampled public opinion in the German countryside when reporting live from an outlying border post for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." Lee reported on the democratic changes in Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria. He covered the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu during his last weeks in power, then returned to Bucharest during the December revolution to report on abortion laws, abandoned children with AIDS, environmental health hazards, and the Romanian elections.
During the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, Lee spent much time in Kosovo. His coverage included the plight of Kosovo refugees. For "Nightline," he reported on the "Diary of Teuta Spahiu," the story of a young Albanian woman who kept a secret diary as she and her family endured many hardships.
Lee was born in Dallas. He studied science and drama at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, as well as political science and creative writing at the University of Texas, Austin. His broadcasting career began in 1965 at KHFI-TV, Austin, followed by two years at WFAA in Dallas (1966-68). In 1968, Lee joined KPIX-TV, San Francisco. In 1975, he became a reporter for the CBS Television Network in New York, and within months was appointed as the CBS News Middle East Correspondent. Lee joined ABC News in May 1980.
He currently lives in London with his wife Christine, and daughters Jennifer and Mariana. He has two older children who live in San Francisco, son Aaron and daughter Kate.