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K. LEE LERNER

kleelerner@alumni.harvard.edu

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OVERVIEW

  • Widely published and trusted author, editor, and producer of science and factual media
  • Influential writer, respected teacher, scholar, and outlaw poet

"Lerner's Academia site consistently ranks among those most frequently accessed by students, scholars, and decision makers from around the world."National Press Club profile

  • Skilled leader and problem-solving project manager
  • Globally experienced advisor, strategic thinker, and tactical problem solver

"Lerner's wide global experience and deep familiarity with urgent scientific, engineering, environmental, and public health issues make him a sought-after strategic consultant and "Tiger team/Red team" tactical problem solver for government and private organizations facing challenging development, investment, or operational issues "Harvard Alumni profile

This resume incorporates information from published biographies, articles, and other sources cited below. A hyperlinked copy is maintained at https://scholar.harvard.edu/kleelerner/biocv/cv

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I am an author, editor, and producer of science and factual media. Over a career spanning more than four decades, I have reported from every continent; written, edited, or co-edited dozens of award-winning academic books; produced and managed media projects for major international publishers, and completed two global circumnavigations.

"Recognized for his use of language, accuracy, and balanced presentation, K. Lee Lerner’s portfolio and his syndicated 'Taking Bearings' essays reflect his expertise, experience, and evidence-based perspectives on science, current events, and global issues. His Academia site consistently ranks among those most frequently accessed by students, scholars, and decision makers from around the world…

Since 2003, Lerner has served on the board of advisors for the venerable American Men and Women of Science. Editor-in-chief for three editions of the Gale Encyclopedia of Science and the Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security, he served as the co-editor for the third edition of the Gale Environmental Encyclopedia

Lerner has served as contributing editor of more than 40 academic books for major academic publishers and as a producer/curriculum developer of 20 online university courses in STEM, psychology, sociology, economics, and history. From 2008 to 2017, Lerner served as the content development editor, and then as an advisor/contributing editor, of the critically acclaimed Global Issues Resource Center for Cengage. Since 2003, he has also been an advisor and key content contributor to the Gale Science in Context Resource Center database." NPC profile www.press.org/member/profile/k-lee-lerner

 

"For more than three decades–whether in print, broadcast media, or online–K. Lee Lerner's 'Taking Bearings'] explorations have ranged across the human intellectual enterprise to offer informed insights on science, current events, and global issues of importance.

A skilled aviator, sailor, and scholar, Lerner's global experience, including two circumnavigations, enriches his writing and adds diverse perspectives to his commentary. His portfolio of stories and photos touches on every continent, and his perceptive essays–often from challenging areas suffering civil war, violent protests, drought, famine, and disease outbreaks–help bring clarity to chaotic events and complex issues. His fiction writing is published under a nom de plume..." –Harvard Alumni profile at sites.google.com/a/g.harvard.edu/k-lee-lerner

 

RELEVANT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2003 - PRESENT Science correspondent and senior commissioning editor at LMG (London · Paris · Cambridge). Trusted by major academic publishers, LernerMedia Group (LMG) creates and manages award-winning science and factual content for books, film, and digital media platforms. A CV breve and portfolio of selected work is maintained at scholar.harvard.edu/kleelerner

2003 - PRESENT Advisory Board at American Men and Women of Science

2002 - PRESENT Editor, Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security; current member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security (2002). EEIS was selected to be part of Georgetown University's Selected Resources for Security Studies, the Defense Intelligence Agency Library, FBI Academic Library, Naval War College Library, UK Defense Staff College, and other official defense/intelligence collections.

1997 - 2002 Certified classroom teacher; member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). While continuing to write and edit, in order to fulfill a desire to teach physics and repay those who had given me an awareness of the grandeur of science, I acquired an M.Ed. as a path to teacher certification. Required to take additional graduate-level science in areas not previously studied, I concentrated on geoscience. My work in education focused on curriculum modifications and creating classroom environments that encouraged women and others underrepresented in science and engineering to pursue STEM careers. For two years, I taught AP physics, AP chemistry, AP biology, and other STEM courses at schools in underserved urban areas. My teaching evaluations were consistently in the highest percentiles and my lesson plans were lauded for their innovative integration of national and state objectives. Much more importantly, however, my experiences with my students rank among my fondest professional and personal memories. The time invested was also incredibly rewarding in terms of writing and producing science and factual media for non-scientist audiences.

1994 - PRESENT Partner, contributing editor, producer, senior commissioning editor at Lerner & Lerner, LLC. With my frequent media partner, Harvard alumna Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, I co-founded Lerner & Lerner, renamed LMG (London, Paris, Cambridge) in 2003. L&L embraced emerging technologies to link experts around the world in the production on science and factual media

1992 - PRESENT Syndicated writer/producer at InterPress Syndicate. Taking Bearings, is currently hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the Harvard Law School at

blogs.harvard.edu/kleelerner

1992 - 1993 Editorial page editor at GCNews. Responsible for writing editorials reflecting the opinion of the newspaper's editorial board and for the production of editorial and op-ed/guest opinion pages for six different bi-weekly newspapers located along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

SEPTEMBER 1981 - PRESENT Former commissioned U.S. naval officer and aviator; current member of United States Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. U.S. Naval Aviation Schools Command: Primary Flight School at NAS Corpus Christi, followed by advanced jet fighter/strike training at NAS Kingsville, TX. In flight school, I was named to the Commodore's List for "academic and flight excellence." While still a student naval aviator, I was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for "professional achievement in aerial flight" and for "courage, decisiveness, and airmanship" after managing an engine failure on takeoff and returning to the field for a dead-stick landing. Then-Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Vice Admiral W.L. McDonald, called it, "one of the finest displays of cool professional airmanship under pressure that I have had the pleasure to observe." (McDonald, Mar 1982 communiqué). See also Bravo Zulu, Approach, Jan. 1983. Read more at https://blogs.harvard.edu/kleelerner/navy-t-28-engine-failure/

Other military commendations include Expert medals for marksmanship with both pistol and rifle, as well as squadron commendations. A DD-214, security clearances, and additional relevant information related to subsequent military/government service will be provided as required.

MAY 1981 U.S. Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola; Aviation Officer Candidate School Class 2381. Graduated with academic honors and commissioned as a line officer, United States Navy, September 11, 1981.

 

Writing and Journalism

Although my writing focuses on science, technology, and public health topics, I have also written extensively on intelligence, privacy, and security issues. In addition to academic books on intelligence, terrorism, and extremist groups, I have personally covered 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 police raids on terrorist hideouts in Paris(See Reporting and Commentary, Scholars at Harvard, K. Lee Lerner at scholar.harvard.edu/kleelerner/articles-essays-and-commentary)

I have covered ongoing radiation containment efforts at Chernobyl and was “one of the first foreign journalists to photograph radiation-contaminated areas inside the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone… Commitment to evidence-based public health writing has taken [me] 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 Kibera and Mathare slums of Nairobi...

“[My] portfolio includes both live and follow-up coverage of disasters around the world, from earthquakes in Haiti to tsunami devastation in Japan; from Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Katrina (2005) along the U.S. Gulf Coast to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.”– Projects at Harvard https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/displacedbydisaster/about-author

 

Curriculum and Course Development

 

I have always taken pride in the development of high-quality, accessible educational resources for students at the middle school to undergraduate levels. It is there that we can foster a life-long interest in science. I also greatly valued my time as a classroom teacher. In addition to being personally rewarding, it sharpened the skills I needed to become a more effective science communicator and curriculum developer.

 

Along with LMG experts and colleagues, I produce and develop curriculum materials and courses for leading academic publishers and institutions. Working in partnership with Macmillan Learning, I produced a series of online open-source college-level courses and course supplements across an array of disciplines. STEM courses included: 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, Microbiology, College Biology, Biology for Non-Majors, and Environmental Science, Non-STEM courses included: Intro Psychology, Intro Sociology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, American Government, and U.S. History.

 

EDUCATION

"Spanning science, education, and journalism with multiple master's degree–including a master's degree with academic honors from Harvard (2013)–Lerner's training in epidemiology at Harvard along with professional programs in crisis leadership and crisis communications at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (2014) and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2014) add scholarly depth to Lerner's writing on the plight of displaced and vulnerable populations…With undergraduate baccalaureate concentrations in physics and molecular biology, Lerner also holds an M.Ed. (awarded with honors, USA, 1999). For superior academic performance, he was admitted to, and remains, a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest all-discipline academic honor society." –Harvard Alumni profile

 

PROFESSIONAL / ALUMNI AFFILIATIONS

I am a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.; U.S. Naval Institute; the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO); the American Association of Physics Teachers; the Harvard Alumni Association; the Vanderbilt Alumni Association; Phi Kappa Phi; the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (delegate Paris, 2011); the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID World Congress delegate Lisbon, 2006 and Kuala Lumpur, 2008); and the Harvard Club of Boston.

 

PERSONAL

I have always tried to integrate life and work and I am thankful for the life and experiences that science, writing, and journalism have allowed me. I have lived in diverse environments and cultures, from the mountains of Colorado to Paris. When not traveling, I retreat to the rural U.S. Gulf Coast and a home in the bluffs along Mobile Bay.

 

I married my college sweetheart, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner of University Park, Texas. A Vanderbilt and Harvard alumna, she remains my frequent media partner. We raised four talented and capable children and have three grandchildren.

 

In my youth, and into college, I was a competitive swimmer and track athlete (sprinter and decathlete). I also played football and baseball. When not in school, I lived in Florida and Texas, and Texas is my home of record.

 

As I matured, I played both water polo and rugby. My rugby career later including playing on two Texas Rugby Union champion teams and for the Dallas Harlequins RFC in the 1979 Pan Am World Rugby Tournament. I am also a dedicated–but decidedly non-competitive–cyclist, logging slow rides along roads in the U.S., France, Italy, and Spain. In 2010, I struck a blow for aerodynamically challenged former rugby players with a cycling ascent of Mont Ventoux.

 

While at school in Maryland, I learned to sail on the Chesapeake Bay just off Annapolis. I remain an avid sailor, navigating Gulf waters from Mobile Bay to Pensacola Bay aboard my sailboat, Bellissima. I also still fly. I love to practice aerobatics over the Gulf coastline, and–to the vexation of tower controllers–I still like to shoot practice emergency or carrier-approach landings. I am occasionally privileged to privately introduce young naval aviators early in their training to unusual attitudes, the lingo of naval aviation, and a culture that demands attention to detail. In 2018, after nearly a year of training, I fulfilled a top bucket list item by piloting a vintage WWII Spitfire through aerobatics over England and the English Channel in 2018. I have also piloted a vintage WWI biplane and WWII Harvard Texan.

 

Other personal interests include quail hunting, fly fishing, and still a bit of night skiing in Colorado or Vermont. I greatly enjoy an occasional indulgence in a weekend of the old-school mechanics required to keep my '76 Triumph Spitfire (a college love that's still on 'til-death-do-us-part footing) on the road and my vintage '78 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle ready to ride.

 

In pursuit of good stories, I've twice circumnavigated the globe (in 2008 and again in 2013). I like taking risks, but only calculated risks. When not writing books, I like to read them. Preferably with a smooth bourbon or glass of cognac.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATON

A fully hyperlinked copy of this cv is maintained at scholar.harvard.edu/kleelerner/biocv/cv

A bibliography is available online at scholar.harvard.edu/kleelerner/K_dossier_cv_published_works

 

REFERENCES

References available upon request.