2017 - Lee Valsvik

Lee Valsvik began her radio and television career in the 1980s, and grew to become one of the best-known media personalities in the Twin Cities metro area.

Hers was an accidental career choice. She originally went to Bemidji State University to study pre-med, but became interested in radio broadcasting after seeing a job opening at a local radio station. In her career she worked for five of the metro’s largest radio stations and became a regular on television, making weekly appearances on KARE 11’s Saturday morning news program. During the late 80s and early 90s, the KDWB Morning Show that she co-hosted with Steve Cochran made 101.3 FM the top contemporary hit radio station in the Twin Cities.

When not hosting her own radio show or appearing on television spots, Lee continually gives back to the community as a talented emcee for community fundraising events, always stimulating an engaged audience to support community growth. She also serves on the Stillwater Foundation Board, and has worked to spearhead a youth-driven philanthropy program.

She is a proud Pony alum and promotes the district through many of her public appearances - she’s even been known to wear her own letter jacket at Pony Homecoming games.