Tony Lee is a guru with many hats, including online publishing and career guidance.

Lee is the publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online Vertical Network, which includes,,,,, and All are free vertical sites from The Wall Street Journal Online.

Lee also oversees “Political Diary,” a paid e-mail newsletter about politics, and is co-author of “The Jobs Rated Almanac” (2002, Barricade), and “Career Choice, Change and Challenge” (2000, JIST Pub.). He sits on the board of CareerCast, a software firm that develops scalable Web-based job-board solutions for the Internet’s leading media companies, and is a board member of the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation.

Lee often appears as a career guidance authority on TV and radio programs produced by NBC, FOX, CNBC, ABC, CNN, WCBS and The Wall Street Journal. He has written The Wall Street Journal’s “Managing Your Career” column, and his articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines.

Lee will speak during Real Estate Connect in New York City, Jan. 11-13, 2006.

Here are his answers to a set of questions posed by Inman News:

Panel or session at Connect: The World is Changing: A Look at the Industry from the Outside.

What kind of house did you grow up in and where?

A small ranch on a tree-lined street in North Dallas with a pool, which is standard equipment in Texas.

What style of home do you live in today and when did you buy it?

An expanded Cape Cod in Titusville, N.J., overlooking the Delaware River. We bought the house in the summer of 2001 directly from the owner after he had not had luck selling it through a Realtor.

Who is your hero?

My dad, who spent his working life in sales and always maintained a very positive attitude and a keen interest in other people. At 85 years old, he still works part-time and was recently featured on the front page of his local paper for the extra effort he put in helping others after Hurricane Wilma.

What was your first job?

Selling flowers out of buckets on street corners around North Dallas at age 14. It was a very different world in 1974, and no one worried about people abducting kids off street corners. My biggest fear was that someone would swipe my flowers.


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