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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 Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle For Civil Rights; Trell, a novel for young adults; 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