Jack Lessenberry, 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, and is a member of the Wayne State Student Newspaper Publications Board. 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.
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 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 was named the Journalist of the Year in 2002 by the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Lessenberry, 61, 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, with their dog Ashley, and a copy of every Michigan Manual since 1869 and every Almanac of American Politics since they were first published.