Name: Dr. Kevin M. Lerner
Title: Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism
Office Location: Lowell Thomas 246
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2661
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Degrees Held:
  • Ph.D., Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University
  • M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania


Kevin Lerner has taught journalism at Marist College since 2009. He teaches the history of the American press, mass communication law, and reporting and writing classes. He edits the Journal of Magazine Media, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. He serves on the executive committee of the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, and is a past head of the Magazine Media Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown competition.

Lerner studies the history of journalism and press criticism, focusing on the interactions between institutions of the press, individual journalists and the society they operate in. He has written about The New York TimesSpy, and the journalism review (MORE).

In 2000, he became the first web editor of Architectural Record magazine, and was part of the team that won the 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence for the magazine's coverage of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. He has published freelance journalism in SlateThe New York TimesNew York magazine and the Nieman Journalism Lab.

At Marist, he co-wrote a major revision of the journalism concentration within the communication major and he helped students re-establish a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Marist chapter won the prize for Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year for 2014-2015.

Awards & Honors:

American Journalism Historians Association Margaret Blanchard Dissertation Prize, Honorable Mention, 2015


Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • (2017, in press) "A System of Self-Correction: A.M. Rosenthal, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Press Criticism and the Birth of the Contemporary Newspaper Correction in The New York Times." Journalism History.

Edited book chapters:

  • (2016) "How Spy, the Iconic Satirical Magazine of the 1980s Invented Contemporary Snark, and How Internet Journalism Misappropriated It," in The Funniest Pages: International Perspectives on Journalism and Humour. Ed. David Swick and Richard Lance Keeble (New York: Peter Lang). 
  • (Forthcoming, 2017) "Abe Rosenthal's Project X: The Editorial Process Leading to the Publication of the Pentagon Papers, in a forthcoming volume edited by Julian Zelizer and Bruce Schulman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press).

Book reviews:

  • "A Life in the Hazy Borderlands Between Journalism and Literature" (Review of A Man in Profile, by Thomas Kunkel). Journal of Magazine and New Media Research. Vol. 16, No. 1: Summer 2011.
  • Review of Gonzo Text: Disentangling Meaning in Hunter S. Thompson's Journalism by Matthew Winston. American Journalism, 32:2, 2015, pp. 241-243.
  • "The Structure and Style of Narrative Journalism" (Review of StoryCraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction, by Jack Hart). Journal of Magazine and New Media Research. Vol. 12, No. 2: Summer 2011.


Research Interests:
  • Journalism history (focusing on the 1960s, 70s and 80s)
  • Press criticism
  • Institutions of the press
  • Anti-intellectualism in the American press
  • Humor in journalism
Conferences & Workshops:
  • Lerner, K. (2016, March). Journalism and criticism: The case for a developing profession: Revisiting James Carey’s call for a tradition of press criticism 40 years later. Paper presented at Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, New York.
  • Lerner, K. (2016, August). A genuine sense of helplessness: Newsroom ethnography and resistance to management change at The New York Times in 1974. Paper presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis.
  • McDevitt, M., Benn, J., Lerner, K, et al. (2016, August). Closing of the journalism mind: Anti-intellectualism in the professional development of college students. Paper presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis.
  • Lerner, K. (2016, August). Promise and pitfalls in magazine research. Conference panel at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis.
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Immediate Past Head, Magazine Division)
  • American Journalism Historians Association
  • Executive Board, Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Association