Lee Whack is a senior development director at Chalkbeat. He manages the New York and Newark bureaus. As a former Chicago Tribune local news reporter, communications professional and most recently the spokesman for the Philadelphia public schools, Lee has a unique mix of professional experiences that have prepared him for this role. Other highlights include serving as a press secretary for the Democratic National Convention and communications director for the D.C. Housing Finance Agency. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.