Feb 5, 2012 4:02 PM by Paul Kavanaugh

Longtime News 5 Sports Director Lee Douglas has died

It is with great sadness that News 5 announces the death of longtime Sports Director, Lee Douglas.

Douglas died today in Pueblo.

Douglas made many friends and colleagues over the years and first joined News 5 in 1979-85, filled in on the anchor desk from 1989-96, returned full-time in 1996 as weekend sports anchor, became the weeknight sports anchor in 1999 and was named Sports Director in 2000.

Douglas has covered all kinds of sports in Colorado and as a result, won numerous awards: 

-Colorado Broadcasters Association and Associated Press awards for our "Dream Starts Here" Olympic profiles.

-Inducted into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame in 2005 (only the second broadcaster ever inducted - the first was KOAA's original sports anchor Ross Beatty)

-Named best southern Colorado sportscaster by the readers of the "Pueblo Chieftain," 2006

-Twice named Best Local Sportscaster by the "Gazette"

-Named Best Local Sportscaster by the readers of the "Pueblo Business Journal," 2001-04

-Named Best Local TV Sportscaster by the readers of the "Colorado Springs Independent," 2007 - 2008

-Colorado High School Athletic Directors Outstanding Media Coverage Award, 2004

-Outstanding Alumni Award from the CSU-Pueblo Mass Communications Department.

Lee's incredible career, his contribution to sports and his connection to the southern Colorado community he loved will be featured tonight at 9:30 on News 5.



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