John Leo Bio
John Leo, a writer and contributing editor at The Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, is a former syndicated columnist, and the author of three books.
Before joining U.S. News and World Report as a columnist in September 1988, he covered the social sciences and intellectual trends for Time magazine and The New York Times. He also reported on religion for the Times, and wrote essays and humor for Time.
Mr. Leo is a former associate editor of Commonweal magazine, a former book editor of the sociology magazine Society, and a former deputy commissioner of New York City's Environmental Protection Administration. For ten years, he served on the board of advisors for the Columbia Journalism Review, and he taught journalism at Southampton College on Long Island.
Mr. Leo’s first collection of humorous essays, How the Russians Invented Baseball and Other Essays of Enlightenment, was published in 1989. Since then, he has written two more books: Two Steps Ahead of the Thought Police (1994), a romp through the irrational world of political correctness, and Incorrect Thoughts (2001), a thoughtful analysis of our wayward culture. He is currently working on a book about colleges and universities.
Mr. Leo has three daughters and lives with his wife in Manhattan.
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