John Leland (journalist)


John Leland
EducationColumbia University (BA)
EmployerThe New York Times

John Leland (born 1959) is an author and has been a journalist for The New York Times since 2000.[1][2][3] Leland began covering retirement and religion in January, 2004. During a stint in 1994, he was editor in chief of Details magazine.[2][4][5] Leland was also a senior editor at Newsweek, an editor and columnist at Spin magazine, and a reviewer for Trouser Press.[2][6][7]

Leland wrote Hip: The History[8] and Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think).[3][9][10][11] In 2018, his book Happiness is a Choice You Make was released.[12][13][14]


He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Columbia College in 1981.[1][2]


According to LeLand's Harper Collins biographical information, he lives in Manhattan's East Village with his wife, Risa, and son, Jordan.[15]


Leland has won two awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "John Leland". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ask a Reporter: John Leland". New York Times Learning Network Student Connections. 2004. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  3. ^ a b "Deep Carnivale 2009: John Leland". The Artists and Writers Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  4. ^ "Editor Change At Details". The New York Times. November 10, 1994. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  5. ^ Gabriel, Trip (December 4, 1994). "When an Editor Falls Off the Hipness Wave". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  6. ^ "Author: Mr. John Leland". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  7. ^ "The Contributors". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  8. ^ Leland, John (2004). Hip: The History. New York: Ecco. ISBN 978-0-06-052817-1.
  9. ^ Leland, John (2007). Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think). New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-06325-3.
  10. ^ "Hip: The History author John Leland is interviewed". Jerry Jazz Musician. January 3, 2005.
  11. ^ "Back to the Future: Revisiting John Leland's 'History of Hip'". The American Shot. October 23, 2011.
  12. ^ "Reporter Shares Life Lessons From A Year With 'The Oldest Old'". Fresh Air. January 24, 2018. National Public Radio. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  13. ^ Bruder, Jessica (March 2, 2018). "When Growing Old Is a Blessing". New York Times. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  14. ^ "Review: Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old". Kirkus Reviews. October 11, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "Mr. John Leland from Harper Collins Publishers". Harper Collins. Retrieved 5 April 2013.