Joe Lee

Director & General Manager

Joseph Lee (Joe) is the Director and General Manager of WAER FM, a 50,000 watt National Public Radio affiliate owned and operated by Syracuse University.  His 30 year career in public media has been focused on providing enriching content that educates, enlightens, and informs civil discourse and cultural expression.

Recently, under his direction, WAER has combined traditional news reporting with the power of community engagement by creating the award-winning City Limits Poverty Project, a year-long examination of rising poverty in Syracuse, NY.  Prior to joining Syracuse University in 1992, Joe served as Program Director at WEAA FM licensed to Morgan State University in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.  He hosts the podcasts The 3-1-5 and Pop Life for WAER and his personal blog and podcast Life in HD.

Connect on Twitter: @jblee883

Historically, black artists have long played an integral role in social justice movements by using their art and their voice to amplify anger and frustrations.  This City Limits episode examines how artists and arts organizations in Syracuse are working to support and sustain the racial justice movement.  This story features the voices of the Black Artist Collective, 100 Black Men of Syracuse, the Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse Stage and listeners like you.


How To Be A Person

Sep 30, 2020

An alarming number of today's kids leave home without knowing certain basic life skills.  From doing laundry to using a debit card to calculating a tip, there are things we want our children to know to move through the world with confidence and grace.


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Shelter in Place, self isolation, self-quarantine - no matter what you call it, the reality is that we are home bound for the foreseeable future.

Being confined to home has its advantages: 1) we can isolate ourselves from the dangerous novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19; 2) we are discovering new methods of work productivity; and 3) it's creating new engagement opportunities to strengthen relationships with family and friends.

Covid-Conscious Eating

Mar 27, 2020

How well did you plan to shelter-in-place for the long haul?  Did you have time to consider how to build an appropriate pantry?   Did you think of foods that help boost the immune system?  How about appropriate processed foods?


How to Raise a Reader

Dec 9, 2019

There are so many things in the world competing for our children's attention.  The pull of digital devices, television, video games, and other technology all offer distractions from learning opportunities like reading.  So how do you raise a reader in this ever evolving world of technology and entertainment?


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For some, fitness is a year-round commitment.  For others, getting in shape is a sporadic exercise.  How we shape and condition our bodies is important to how we feel emotionally and physically and we put a lot of emphasis on exercise and diet to look the best that we can.  But are we paying as much attention to what we put in our bodies to achieve optimal health?


Managing Chronic Pain

Jun 11, 2019

With about 2 million Americans suffering from opioid addiction, the nation’s healthcare system has tried to perform an extraordinary balancing act – help patients who suffer from chronic pain while also aggressively combating the opioid epidemic.  


Can Money Buy Happiness?

Apr 22, 2019
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It is a heavily researched question and the consensus is…yes, it can.  One of the key benefits that money provides is safety and security.  Having enough money eliminates anxiety when shopping or making large purchases.  Money also affords you memorable life experiences that bring joy and happiness, allows you to help loved ones, and give back to your community.


Nora McInerny

Apr 16, 2019

  Within months of each other, Nora McInerny was grief-stricken by the death of her husband, the death of her father, and miscarriage of her second child.  In her book No Happy Endings, the host of the American Public Media podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking describes how she faced the reality of being changed by loss without completely being defined by it.  

WAER's Joe Lee visits a local barbershop to gather Syracuscans' reactions to the poverty issue and provide context fo the City Limits project.

If you like what you hear find more content from the project at CityLimitsProject.org . And subscribe in ITunes for automatic delivery of new episodes.

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