Murder and mashed potatoes

Katie Lee ’06

June 12, 2013

By Elise Dismer ’13

Associate Producer Katie Lee ’06 is building a killer resume with her work on “Southern Fried Homicide,” a new cable series launched by the Investigation Discovery Network.

The reality series, which debuted Wednesday, June 5, documents the cases of several murders that occurred all across the South.

“At the end of the day, I like being able to tell a story,” said Lee. “This job gives me the opportunity to do that. It allows me to meet people I would never have had a chance to meet otherwise and have stories that I would have never been able to tell otherwise.”

Lee’s work speaks for itself: One of the three episodes that she produced was chosen to air as the show’s season premiere. Dr. Paul Gullifor, chair in the Department of Communications at Bradley, was pleased to hear of Lee’s accomplishment.

“It’s proof,” he said, “that a Bradley graduate really is making it in this crazy competitive industry.”

Lee started her own story at Bradley working part-time for WTVP-PBS Channel 47 and producing for Midstate Magazine, the University’s student-produced broadcast program. Her career took off after she graduated with a degree in radio and television. Since then, she has worked for big-name TV programs from ABC’s “The View” in New York, to National Geographic in Washington D.C., where she currently lives.

For “Southern Fried Homicide,” Lee’s responsibilities included securing locations for filming as well as setting up interviews with district attorneys, family members, authors and with newspaper reporters or police investigators who worked on the cases.

Lee said the job had its challenges.

“You might have this incredible idea for this shot you want to get or this location you want to use, but it’s a delicate dance because it’s not your property,” Lee said. “It’s not your place to boss them around, even though you’re the one with a lot of money invested in this. They’re still doing you a favor for participating and spending all that time with the team.”

Overall, Lee said she feels fortunate to be paid for doing something she loves and is grateful to Bradley for giving her a valuable start.

To learn more about “Southern Fried Homicide,” go to here.