Lester Graham splits his time between hosting Stateside (Fridays) and reporting. He was formerly the Senior Editor of The Environment Report, the environmental news service based at Michigan Radio, starting with the service in 1998.
He has been a journalist since 1985. Graham has served as a board member of the Public Radio News Directors Inc., and also served as President of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. He is a member of the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), Society of Professional Journalists and other professional groups.
Lester has received more than 100 awards at the state, regional, national and international levels for journalistic excellence, including five RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards, two of them at the network level.