Lee Gardner

Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education


Lee Gardner, a senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, covers the management of the university and how leaders navigate change.

He formerly served as editor of the Finance and Policy section, overseeing The Chronicle‘s coverage of state and federal government, for-profit colleges, and the business of higher education. Before joining The Chronicle in May 2012, Gardner spent nine years as editor in chief of Baltimore City Paper. Under his stewardship, the newspaper won numerous awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. In addition to prior stints as arts editor and music editor at the City Paper, he also worked as a staff writer at the alternative weekly Metro Pulse and an assistant editor at Whittle Communications.

Gardner earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Towson University. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two sons.