Longtime Hendersonville journalist Tena Lee has joined The Hendersonville Standard as a staff writer.
Lee, a well-known face in the Hendersonville community, spent the last 18 years as a staff writer for Gannett, reporting on events, breaking news and city government.
"We are so excited that Tena has joined our team in Hendersonville and Sumner County," said Dave Gould, owner of Main Street Media of Tennessee, The Standard's parent company. "She is an outstanding journalist who is well-respected by people throughout the community. The Hendersonville Standard is the city's only local newspaper, so we know how important it is for us to provide our readers with a strong weekly report as well, as regular updates online and in social media. The addition of Tena will help us do just that."
A native of Richmond, Va., Lee graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990. Prior to moving to Hendersonville, Lee worked briefly in Chicago, Ill. for a publishing division of The Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.
Her writing has also appeared in the Little Rock Free Press, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and several publications of the American Bar Association.
Lee has received numerous Tennessee Press Association awards including a first place nod in 2015 for Best News Reporting about the rise of the grassroots organization Strong Schools in Sumner County.
In 2008, she collaborated on Sumner County, Tennessee, Living, Working, Playing a pictorial book featuring local historian William Puryear and photos by Allen Haynes, David Wright and Jim Spitler.
Lee has also served on the boards of several Hendersonville non-profit groups including the Hendersonville Samaritan Association, Community Child Care Services, Inc. and the Literacy Council of Sumner County.
"I'm a firm believer that strong community journalism can both empower and improve a community," Lee said. "And I'm thrilled to be working for a publication that recognizes that potential."
At The Hendersonville Standard, Lee will cover familiar beats - the city of Hendersonville, Sumner County schools and other local news.
She and her husband Gary, a local psychologist, have two teenage daughters.