12 Facts About Nicholas Lemann


Nicholas Berthelot Lemann is an American writer and academic, and is the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Nicholas Lemann has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999.


Nicholas Lemann was born, raised, and educated in a Jewish family in New Orleans.


Nicholas Lemann describes his family's faith as a "kind of super-Reform Judaism" where there were "no kosher laws, no bar mitzvahs, no tallit, no kippot".


Nicholas Lemann began his journalism career as a 17-year-old writer for an alternative weekly, the Vieux Carre Courier, in his home city of New Orleans.


On September 1,2003, Nicholas Lemann became dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.


Nicholas Lemann stepped down as dean in 2013, following two five-year terms.


In 2015, Nicholas Lemann launched Columbia Global Reports, a university-funded publishing imprint that produces four to six ambitious works of journalism and analysis a year, each on a different underreported story in the world.


Nicholas Lemann is the author or editor of several books, including Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream, Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War ; The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy ; and The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America, which won several book prizes.


Nicholas Lemann has written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Slate; worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc.


Nicholas Lemann serves on the boards of directors of the Authors Guild, the National Academy of Sciences' Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and the Academy of Political Science, and is a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities.


Nicholas Lemann was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2010.