K. Lee Lerner

Cofounder and Commissioning Editor, LMG (London, Paris, Cambridge)
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Photo:  K. Lee Lerner at the helm of his sailboat Bellissima (Bella) in the Gulf of Mexico. June 2018.


"K. Lee Lerner is an author, editor, and producer of science and factual media. His expansive writing on science, climate change disasters, disease, and a range of global issues has earned multiple book and media awards, including works named Outstanding Academic Titles. An aviator and sailor, Lerner's dossier of experience, including two global circumnavigations and portfolio of work in challenging and dangerous environments, reveal a visceral drive to explore all facets of the human experience and intellectual enterprise. With a public intellectual's broad palate, Lerner accessibly examines complex issues with evidence-based analysis. He has served as contributing editor and/or advisor to more than 40 books and dozens of media projects , including four editions of the Gale Encyclopedia of Science and the Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security, and is a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. -- Harvard Alumni Association bio

"Recognized for his use of language, accuracy, and balanced presentation, K. Lee Lerner's portfolio covering science and global issues has garnered respected writing, book and media awards, including books on climate changeinfectious diseases, and biotechnology named as Outstanding Academic Titles.  Lerner's experience, stories, and photos span every continent. In addition to working in areas undergoing civil instability, recovering from natural disasters, or suffering disease outbreaks, Lerner has also completed two global circumnavigations. His Academia site consistently ranks among those most frequently accessed by students, scholars, and decision makers from around the world."— National Press Club biography

"For more than three decades, whether in print, broadcast media, or online, K. Lee Lerner's writing and personal column, 'Taking Bearings,' have ranged across the human intellectual enterprise. His award-winning writing ranges from knowledgeable articles on the history of science to insights into modern advances in biotechnology; from the scientific analysis of engineering failures to evidence-based reporting on public health issues; from coverage of attempt to preserve historic cultural sites to on location coverage of the human tragedy inherent in the displacement vulnerable populations by war, civil unrest, and natural disasters." — Projects at Harvard, Displaced by Disaster 

"Lerner has served on the board of advisors for the venerable American Men and Women of Science since 2003 and as editor-in-chief for three editions of the Gale Encyclopedia of Science, where he continues as  a contributing advisor for the 6th edition published in 2021. He was the contributing editor-in-chief for the Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security ...

Spanning science, education, and journalism with multiple master's degrees -- including a master's degree with academic honors from Harvard -- Lerner's training in epidemiology at Harvard along with professional programs in crisis leadership and emergency response at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health add scholarly depth to Lerner's writing and media work.

With his frequent media partner, Harvard alumna Brenda Wilmoth LernerLerner co-founded and still serves as senior commissioning editor for LMG (London, Paris, Cambridge).

Lerner is a member of the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard Club of Boston, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (Paris 2011), the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Lerner is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest all-discipline academic honor society. His fiction writing is published under a nom de plume." -- Harvard Alumni Biography  

[Editor's note:   During April 2021, contempraneous with a reorganization of my online archives,  I am switching to a new style of  annotating,  and providing links to archival photos and writing as shown in the overview section above. During this overhaul some items below may suffer from missing or broken links as I adapt the text and citations to the new style. I hope to have the sections below in good order very soon.  This notice wil be removed when I have completed the task]

More from Projects at Harvard, Displaced by Disaster

"A love of the history of science along with broader intrigue about the interrelationships of history, art, and culture has drawn Lerner to on-location explorations of UNESCO Archaeological Heritage Sites around the world along with efforts to preserve cultural treasures in XIan, along the Great Wall of China, in China's Forbidden City, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cairo, Giza, Sakarra, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, on expeditions looking for lost WWII planes in the Sahara, in Istanbul, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidauros, Nafplion on the Greek Peloponnesian peninsula, Delphi, Athens,  Siracusa and other threatened  sites in Sicily, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Arles, Vaison-la-Romaine, Glanum, Paris,  Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev,  Cobquecura along the Chilean coast, at Chichen Itza, and at multiple sites in England, Scotland, Ireland, Central America, and across the American West. 

Lerner's writing and photos both explore and document ongoing radiation containment efforts in Ukraine to contain the Soviet-era Chernobyl nuclear accident, [and he was] one of the first foreign journalists to photograph radiation-contaminated areas inside the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone. [He has] covered the impacts of earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts in Japan, India, China, Haiti, and Chile.

Lerner's commitment to evidence-based public health writing has taken him from wet markets in China to disease outbreaks in Cambodia; from explorations of the public health threats posed by cultural practices in India and Egypt to generational poverty issues plaguing the Kiberia and Mathare slums of Nairobi, Lerner's writing ranged from explanations of the economic impacts of neglected tropical diseases to coverage of emerging disease outbreaks.

Lerner's environmental coverage includes explorations of climate-change impacts in India, and both live and follow-up coverage of major storms, including Hurricane Ivan (2004) and Hurricane Katrina (2005), along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Following his on-scene work covering the 2010 Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Lerner was chosen to co-edit an updated edition of the RUSA-award winning book Environmental Science."  -- Projects at Harvard, Displaced by Disaster

While primarily focusing on science, technology and public heath issues, Lerner's never writing and photographs include coverage of violent gunfire-laced protests in Haiti, mass protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, economic turmoil in Greece, bombings in Kenya, protests and civil war in Ukraine, and French police raids on terrorist hideouts.

Lerner has also written extensively on applications of science and technology related to intelligence, privacy, and security issues, as well as threats posed by extremist groups. Lerner served as editor-in-chief of  The Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security (EEIS), a reference resource selected by the DIA, FBI, Naval War College, U.S. Army War College, the UK Defense Staff College as well as academic institutions and defense/intelligence schools from from Harvard' Kennedy School of Government to the Australian Defense Force Academy.


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Online Instructional Development

LMG develops curriculum materials and courses for leading academic publishers and institutions. Working in partnership with Macmillan Learning, with curation by LMG's academic subject-matter experts and editorial teams, Lerner has produced a series of online college-level courses and course supplements across an array of disciplines. These courses include: University Physics (three semesters, calculus-based for scientists and engineers), College Physics (two semesters, algebra-based for pre-meds), Introductory Astronomy, Human Anatomy and Physiology (two semesters), Microbiology, College Biology (two semesters for majors and health science concentrators), Biology for Non-Majors, Environmental Science, Introductory Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, American Government, and U.S. History (2 semesters).


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Last updated: 2 April, 2021