K. Lee Lerner

Cofounder and Commissioning Editor, LMG (London, Paris, Cambridge)
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K. Lee LernerContact Information




Mail          125 Mt. Auburn St. Box 380562 Cambridge, MA 02238

Phone      London W1J7JY +44 141.416.0408

                Paris 75006  +33 0870.469.221

Photo:      K. Lee Lerner. On Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya. 2012.


     Recognized for his use of language, accuracy, and balanced presentation, K. Lee Lerner's portfolio covering global issues includes two RUSA Book and Media Awards (Climate Change in 2009 and Biotechnology in 2013), two Outstanding Academic Titles (Infectious Diseases and Global Issues in Context, a critically-acclaimed online news service for which Lerner served as editor-in-chief for content development and still serves as an advisor and contributing editor), and two global circumnavigations

     Lerner's experience, stories, and photos span every continent. His work as an author, editor, and advisor is widely read. His Academia site at consistently ranks among those most frequently accessed by students, scholars, and decision makers from around the world. More than 20 book introductions, articles, or features at one time reached the top 1% or higher in readership rankings

     A lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest all-discipline academic honor society, Lerner holds degrees in science, education, and journalism, including a master's degree and academic honors from Harvard University. Broad experience working in challenging environments, along with postgraduate programs in crisis leadership and emergency response at Harvard's Kennedy School and Harvard School of Public Health, further underpin authoritative writing on issues related to public health, science, intelligence, terrorism, and disasters.

    Lerner is a  member of the National Press Club in Washington and World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (Paris, 2011), Lerner's portfolio ranges from scholarly books on the history of science to on-location investigation of climate change impacts in India, gunfire-laced student protests in Haiti, election protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, economic turmoil in Greece, extremism and bombings in Kenya, unrest in the Ukraine, and to live coverage of French police raids on terrorist hideouts.

    Personally weathering to write about Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill along the U.S. Gulf Coast, Lerner has covered disasters and recovery operations in India, China, Haiti, Chile, and Japan (from tsunami-ravaged coastlines to deserted towns inside the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone). An increasing focus of his work centers on the long-term effects on people and cultures displaced by crisis.

    With his frequent media partner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, he cofounded LMG (, an academic, news, and factual media company trusted by the world's leading media groups. A senior correspondent and commissioning editor for LMG, Lerner also acts as an advisor, editor, and contributor for respected news and academic resources. 

    Lerner's book Scientific Thought: In Context was described as a "significant survey of the turbulent currents of intellectual thought” and received strong reccomendations and critical reviews.  Since 2003, Lerner has served on the Board of Advisors for American Men and Women of ScienceDrawing on sources ranging from historical biographical material to modern molecular genetics, in both academic and personal columns Lerner has written extensively and frankly about psychological and social challenges facing individuals of high intelligence and creativity in science and the arts. His M.Ed. worked focused on creating curriculum and classroom environments that encouraged women to pursue study and careers in science and engineering.

    Lerner has also written extensively on the nature and psychology of  extremist groups, as well as the science related to biological, chemical, and nuclear threats. He coedited the Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, & Security (EEIS) a reference resource selected by the DIA, FBI, Naval War College, U.S. Army War College, and academic institutions from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to UC Berkeley. EEIS found a truly global audience, including the UK Defense Staff College, Fondation nationale des sciences politiques in Paris, Universidade de São Paulo, South African National Academy of Intelligence, American University in Cairo, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Waseda University in Japan, and the Australian Defense Force Academy.

Related  Experience

    Admitted to Vanderbilt directly from his junior year in high school, Lerner undertook interdisciplinary studies in physics, chemistry, biology, and molecular biology, with additional work in honors psychology and graduate medical science courses. Lerner graduated Aviation Officer Candidate School (Class 2381, NAS Pensacola Florida) with academic distinction. As commissioned naval officer, Lerner attended Primary Flight School at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and Advanced Jet/Strike School at NAS Kingsville, Texas. Along with multiple Navy/DOD schools qualifications (SERE, water survival, etc.), Lerner was awarded U.S Navy Expert Medals for both pistol and rifle marksmanship. For "professional achievement in aerial flight," Lerner was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal citing his "courage, decisiveness, and airmanship" to stay with his plane and land it safely following a complete engine failure on takeoff during a precision acrobatic flight.

    Lerner holds multiple master's degrees, including a M.Ed. with licensed teaching certifications (USA, '99). From 1999 to 2003, he devoted more than two years to teaching in U.S. inner-city high school classrooms, teaching across subjects in mathematics, science, and technology, including AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics.


Portfolios of books and academic media work, academic papers, columns, and features by K. Lee Lerner are maintained at Scholars at Harvard ( and on Academia (

Additional collections of work are available via the Library of Congress / World Cat ( Information about current projects is available via the LMG website ( Some LMG sites are encrypted and require access codes. Prospective colleagues and clients may request access via email inquiry to the address listed at the top of this cv breve. A publicly accessible archive of photos and is currently maintained in K. Lee Lerner's Journal (accessible via this link)


Academic, teaching, professional, and personal references are available upon request.