U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that Edward Lee Pitts has joined his staff as press secretary after four years as a journalist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, including postings in Iraq and Washington, D.C.
“Lee brings a great energy to our operation, and a deep knowledge of Tennessee that comes only from someone who’s spent a good part of his reporting career covering the Volunteer State,” Alexander said.
Pitts earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Upon graduation, he worked in Chattanooga as a general assignment reporter covering the region. Starting in late 2004, Pitts went to Iraq for a seven-month stint as an embedded reporter with a Tennessee National Guard unit before moving to Washington 19 months ago to cover the Tennessee and Georgia congressional delegations.
Prior to becoming a reporter, Pitts spent four years as a middle school teacher and coach in Winston-Salem, NC, where he taught Language Arts and Social Studies. He is a native of Columbia, South Carolina.
Pitts replaces Scot Montrey, who is moving to the position of Senior Writer.