John Leland (journalist)

For other people named John Leland, see John Leland (disambiguation).
John Leland
Born 1959
New York City
Occupation Author

John Leland (born 1959) is an author and has been a New York Times journalist 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]


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


Leland is married to his wife Risa and together they have a son named Jordan. The family resides in Manhattan, New York.[1][12]


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


  1. 1 2 3 4 "John Leland". New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Ask a Reporter: John Leland". New York Times Learning Network Student Connections. New York Times. 2004. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  3. 1 2 "Deep Carnivale 2009: John Leland". The Artists and Writers Group, Inc. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  4. "Editor Change At Details". New York Times. November 10, 1994. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  5. Gabriel, Trip (December 4, 1994). "When an Editor Falls Off the Hipness Wave". 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. "Mr. John Leland from Harper Collins Publishers". Harper Collins. Retrieved 5 April 2013.

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