K. Lee Lerner

Cofounder and Commissioning Editor, LMG (London, Paris, Cambridge)
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  Mail:         125 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge, MA 02238

  Phone:      London W1J7JY +44 141.416.0408 | Paris 75006  +33 0870.469.221

  Photo:       K. Lee Lerner, Gulf of Mexico. June 2018   

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 and Biotechnology), two Outstanding Academic Title Awards (Infectious Diseases and Global Issues in Context), and two global circumnavigations.

Lerner's writing and photos, spanning events and issues on every continent, is both authoritative and influential. His Academia site ( consistently ranks among those most frequently accessed by students, scholars, and decision makers across a range of disciplines. Since 2003, he has served on the board of advisors for the venerable American Men and Women of Science.

Lerner's portfolio ranges from critically acclaimed scholarly books and writing on the history of science to modern advances in science and technology as well as analysis of man-made and natural disasters. He has covered ongoing radiation containment efforts in Ukraine to contain the Soviet-era Chernobyl nuclear accident and photographed radiation-contaminated areas inside the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone. Lerner has covered , disaster recovery efforts in Japan, India, China, Haiti, and Chile as well as public health issues and disease outbreaks in Cambodia and other countries.  He his writing and photographs include 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 hideoutsHis 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.

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 with academic honors from Harvard University. Broad experience working in challenging environments, along with postgraduate programs in crisis leadership and emergency response at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, underpin his authoritative writing on range of issues.

A member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Lerner has written 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, and academic institutions from Harvard Kennedy School 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.

More recently, Lerner's writings on the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were among the most read on Academia. In his writings on defense and intelligence matters, Lerner has consistently described torture as both inhumane and ineffective, and has opposed its use on prisoners undergoing interrogation.

In addition to covering public health issues and disease outbreaks in multiple locations, Lerner has covered crisis situations that include gunfire-laced student protests in Haiti, election protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, economic turmoil in Greece, religious extremism and bombings in Kenya, protests and civil war in Ukraine, and French police raids on terrorist hideouts.

With his frequent media partner, Brenda Wilmoth LernerLerner co-founded and still serves as senior commissioning editor for LMG (London, Paris, Cambridge). Trusted by the world’s leading academic publishers and commissioning entities LMG creates award-winning booksdigital media (including the construction and updating of STEM and other content specific databases), and online academic courses. Working with LMG's global network of experts with extensive scholarly, business, military, and government-service backgrounds, Lerner also produces specialized and confidential Independent Situational Assessments (ISAs) that facilitate time-critical solutions to complex problems and inform boardroom-level strategic decisions involving disaster and crisis management.

In addition to personal expertise with science, technology, and public health related content, Lerner's global experience allows him to tackle international travel and work issues — including cybersecurity issues — related to projects in areas undergoing civil instability, recovering from natural disasters, or suffering disease outbreaks. He has also worked with governments, museums, and other private entities in and the determination of provenance for objects of artistic and/or historic value.

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).

Relevant Education and Experience

Admitted to Vanderbilt University directly from his junior year in high school, Lerner undertook undergraduate and graduate studies in physics, chemistry, biology, and molecular biology. His interdisciplinary studies included work in honors psychology and graduate medical science courses. Lerner holds multiple master's degrees with academic honors, including a MEd with licensed teaching certifications (USA 1999). From 1999 to 2003, he devoted more than two years to teaching in U.S. inner-city high school classrooms, across subjects in mathematics, science, and technology, including AP biology, AP chemistry, and AP physics. His MEd work focused on creating curriculum and classroom environments that encouraged women and students from traditionally marginalized communities to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Lerner graduated from Aviation Officer Candidate School (Class 2381, NAS Pensacola, Florida) with academic distinction. As a commissioned naval officer, he attended Primary Flight School at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and Advanced Jet/Strike School at NAS Kingsville, Texas. For "professional achievement in aerial flight," Lerner was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for 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. Then-Vice Admiral W.L. McDonald, the naval aviator who led the first air strike against North Vietnam following the Gulf of Tonkin incident and who served as commander of Operation Urgent Fury, called it "one of the finest displays of cool professional airmanship under pressure that I have had the pleasure to observe."

Lerner remains an active sailor and aviator. He is qualified as an expert with both pistol and rifle, and holds USN expert medals for both. He continues to serve as an instructor in weapons use and safety, as well as mixed martial arts.

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. Portfolios containing selections of his work are maintained at Scholars at Harvard( and on Academia ( A photo journal maintained on Lerner's verified Facebook page and other social media sites contains a selection of personal photos not restricted by client-confidentiality agreements. Additional collections are available via the Library of Congress/World Cat ( Information about current LMG projects is available via


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

Last updated: 2 January, 2020