Lee Cowan has been an NBC News correspondent based in Chicago since July 2007. Cowan contributes to all NBC News properties, including "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today" and MSNBC.
Prior to joining NBC News, Cowan had been a CBS News correspondent based in the network's New York and Dallas bureaus. He covered a wide range of stories for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather," including reporting from Ground Zero on the September 11 attacks, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, last summer's conflict in Beirut, and the devastating Tsunami in Indonesia.
Before that, Cowan was a correspondent for CBS Newspath. He covered events throughout the United States, as well as overseas for the nation's CBS affiliates.
Cowan joined CBS News in 1996 from WLWT-TV the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, where he was an anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he was an anchor and reporter at WWMT-TV, in Kalamazoo, Mich. While a weekend anchor at KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, Calif., he helped launch a noon broadcast that quickly became the most watched afternoon newscast in the market. Previously, Cowan was news director and an anchor at NBC's KIEM-TV Eureka, California.
Cowan's journalism career began in 1988 when he became a researcher for "CBS News Nightwatch" and then the "CBS Evening News" in Washington, D.C.
Cowan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated in 1988 from the University of Washington with a double major in communications and speech communications.