K. Lee Lerner

Cofounder and Commissioning Editor, LMG (London, Paris, Cambridge)
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  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, 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 rank 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 aclaimed scholarly books on the history of science to analysis of contemporary man-made and natural disasters, including historical accounts of efforts to contain the Soviet-era Chernobyl nuclear accident; onscene reports of ongoing radiation containment efforts in Ukraine; investigation of radiation-contaminated areas inside the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone, coverage of continuing earthquake recovery efforts along Japan's tsunami-ravaged coastlinesIndia, China, Haiti, and Chile.  His envronmental coverage includes explorations of climate change impacts in India, and both live and follow-up coverage of major storms, including Hurricane Ivan (2004) and  Hurrricane 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 coedit 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 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 the Harvard 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, & 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.

    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 opposed its use on prisioners 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 the Ukraine, and French police raids on terrorist hideouts.

     With his frequent media partner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, he cofounded, and still serves as a senior commissioning editor for,  LMG (, an academic, news, and factual media company trusted by the world's leading media groups. Operating globally, often in challenging environments, LMG creates award-winning science and factual academic media content as well as confidential independent Situational Assessments (ISAs) for subscribing clients. LMG draws on a global network of experts with extensive scholarly, business, military, and government service backgrounds to offer time-critical solutions to clients navigating complex issues requiring confidential on-site assessements, internal and/or public communications experience, and subject matter expertise to inform boardroom-level strategic decisions involving disaster and crisis management. 

      LMG also develops curriculum materials and courses for leading academic publishers and institutions. Working in partnership with Macmillan Learning and Intellus Learning, with curation by  LMG's academic subject-matter experts and editorial teams, K. Lee Lerner produced a series of online college-level courses and course supplements across an array of disciplines. Courses produced by Lerner include: University Physics (3 semesters, calculus-based for scientists and engineers), College Physics (2 semesters, algebra-based for premeds), Introductory Astronomy, Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters), MicrobiologyCollege Biology (2 semesters for majors and health science concentrators), Biology for Non-majorsEnvironmental 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 subsequently undertook undergraduate and graduate studies in physics, chemistry, biology, and molecular biology. His interdisciplinary studies also included work in honors psychology and graduate medical science courses. Lerner holds multiple master's degrees with academic honors, 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. His M.Ed. work focused on creating curriculum and classroom environments that encouraged women to pursue study and careers in science and engineering.

      Lerner graduated Aviation Officer Candidate School (Class 2381, NAS Pensacola Florida) with academic distinction. As commissioned naval officer, he attended Primary Flight School at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Advanced Jet/Strike School at NAS Kingsville, Texas.  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. 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 serve as an instructor in weapons use and safety, as well as mixed  martial arts.

      Lerner is a member of the Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Club of Boston, World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (Paris, 2011), AFIO, and the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  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 projects is available via the LMG website (


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

Last updated: 2 January, 2019