Jack Lessenberry originally set out to become a historian. The Detroit native began reconsidering his career path during his graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Frankly, he realized he was interested in too many things.
"That's what moved me to become a journalist. So I went into journalism and I never looked back."
Jack's resume boasts nearly thirty years of hard-core journalism experience. He has worked as a foreign correspondent and executive national editor of The Detroit News, during which time he reported from
more than forty countries. His writing has appeared in such national publications as Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.
Locally, he is a contributing editor and columnist for The Metro Times, The Traverse-City Record Eagle, The Toledo (Ohio) Blade, and has been a consultant for many other newspapers, including the former Heritage Newspaper Group in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. He also has provided political analysis for local television and radio stations, and is a professor of journalism at Wayne State University.
Ben Burns, who was Jack's former boss at the Detroit News and now runs the Journalism program at Wayne State University, calls Jack "Brilliant, knowledgeable, witty, sometimes sarcastic, and smarter than 98% of us." Burns also praises Jack's memory. "He has a remarkable ability to retain
information-you might say he's a walking, talking Google."
Jack has always said that the thing he loves about journalism is the fact that it's all about people-about connecting with and learning from them.
"I want to create intelligent dialogue about the problems we face. I think we need to think about and talk about who we are as a country and people, and explore those things."