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Lee Douglas
Douglas, whose legal name was actually Douglas Lee Cooley, grew up in Pueblo and graduated from Centennial High School in 1973. In 1977, he received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Southern Colorado, now CSU-Pueblo. He had worked off and on for KOAA 5 since 1979 and was named sports director in 2000, a position he held at the time of his death. His broadcasting career won him several awards including several Colorado Broadcasting and Associated Press awards and a 2005 induction into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame. The Gazette twice named him best local sportscaster.

Along with his work at KOAA, Douglas had been the color commentator for Air Force football games since 2004, working with play-by-play announcer Jim Arthur.For years Lee was an integral member of Channel 5's veteran team along with Lisa Lyden, Rob Quirk and weatherman Mike Daniels. As Daniels puts it, "We grew up together." Lee endeared himself to viewers as well, because he was such a good guy but also because he told you everything you needed to know.

Lee did his job every night, year after year, with the same level of sincere enthusiasm and without one iota of ego. Never blustery, never condescending to anyone, but always upbeat. Somehow he managed to cover all the high schools without playing favorites, and he took care of Air Force and Colorado College without forgetting his own alma mater, Colorado State University-Pueblo.

“He was this big bear guy who was full of life and full of love,” said Georgiann Lymberopoulos, who worked with Douglas from 1994 until she left the station in late 2011.“He was the guy you always wanted to be around. My heart is absolutely broken.”

According to friends, the KOAA sports director went to the hospital Saturday night and died early Sunday of kidney failure. His unexpected death moved local newscasters — trained to be stoic when reporting tough stories — to tears.

“When you think of the family that Channel 5 is and has always been, he was one of the fathers,” said weather anchor Craig Eliot, who had worked with Douglas since 1995. “As a family, it’s like your dad just died.”

Lee Douglas, Douglas Lee Cooley, died on Sunday 5th February 2012, aged 57.




By Air Force Athletics on August 31, 2012
Lee Douglas, long-time KOAA TV sports director and Air Force football color analyst who passed away in February, was honored today at Falcon Stadium. A plaque in Douglas' honor was unveiled at the Falcon football luncheon and was then hung in the press box at Falcon Stadium.

Born Douglas Lee Cooley, but better known as Lee Douglas, he died on Feb. 4, 2012 in Pueblo, Colo. at the age of 54. Douglas hosted the Air Force Football Show with Fisher DeBerry, the Academy's television coaches show, in the mid-1980s. He worked at KOAA-TV channels 5/30 for 30 years and KRDO channel 13 before that. Douglas also worked at KFEL and KDZA radio in Pueblo for many years.

Douglas was the color commentator for Air Force football radio broadcasts for eight years from 2004-2011. In 2005, he was inducted into the Greater Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He won multiple awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press, served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo County and Lower Arkansas Valley and served on the selection committee for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

The inscription on the bottom of the plaque reads "A treasure to the Colorado Springs and Pueblo communities and a true friend of Air Force Athletics."


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