Professor of Journalism, Boston University

Professor Lehr is a veteran journalist and author who worked at the Boston Globe for nearly two decades, where he was primarily an investigative reporter but also served as a magazine, legal affairs and feature writer. He has won numerous national and regional journalism and book awards, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting.

He is the author of The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War, and The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston’s Racial Divide.

He is the co-author of Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss; Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders; Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI and a Devil’s Deal; and The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family.


  • –present
    Professor of Journalism, Boston University