[Michlib-l] Michigan Notable Book author, Jack Lessenberry, to speak at Warren Civic Center Library

Jennifer Lund jlund at cityofwarren.org
Mon May 23 17:41:56 EDT 2016

Wayne State University professor and writer Jack Lessenberry will be speaking about his latest book, The People's Lawyer: The Life and Times of Frank J. Kelley at the Warren Civic Center Library on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 6 pm. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Please call 586-574-4564 to register.

Jack Lessenberry is the head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University, is WUOM-FM's senior political analyst, and delivers daily essays and commentary on important Michigan issues.

He also is or been a writer for many national and regional publications, including Vanity Fair, Esquire, George, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Currently, he is a contributing editor and columnist for the Metro Times, the Traverse-City Record Eagle, Dome Magazine and the Toledo Blade, and formerly for the Oakland Press and the Heritage Newspaper Group in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. He also serves as The Blade's writing coach and ombudsman.

Lessenberry is also a board member of the Historical Society of Michigan, the ACLU advisory board and the Wayne State Student Newspaper Publications Board.

Lessenberry has reported as foreign correspondent for and executive national editor of The Detroit News, during which time he reported from more than 40 countries. He has also worked for other newspapers in Michigan, Tennessee and Ohio, and was Editor-in-Chief of both Detroit Monthly and Corporate Detroit magazines.

He was also editorial vice-president of the former  Hometown Newspaper Group, which published more than 60 weekly, semi-weekly and daily papers in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky before being sold to Gannett in 2005.

He is the co-author of the book, "The People's Lawyer, The Life and Times of Frank J. Kelley, the Nation's Longest-Serving Attorney General," published by Wayne State University Press in September 2015.

Lessenberry also does occasional analysis for television stations in Detroit, and won a National Emmy award in 1995 for one of two Frontline documentaries he helped report and produce on Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Lessenberry also was featured in a March 1996 A&E Biography he helped produce on Kevorkian, and has assisted on two more for British television, and on a Court TV documentary about Detroit and the Belle Isle bridge slaying.

He is also host of the weekly television show "Deadline Now" on WGTE-TV (Channel 30) in Toledo. It airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m.

He was named the Journalist of the Year in 2002 by the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Lessenberry, 64, has a master's degree in Journalism and East European studies from the University of Michigan. His partner in life, Elizabeth, is a rare book and private collections archivist and librarian. They live in Huntington Woods and Charlevoix, with their dog Ashley, and a copy of every Michigan Manual since 1869 and every Almanac of American Politics since they were first published.

Jennifer Lund

Warren Public Library - Civic Center Branch

One City Square, Suite 100

Warren, MI  48093-2396

(586) 751-0770
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