Lesley M. M. Blume

Lesley M. M. Blume is an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author. The daughter of a classical pianist and a journalist, she followed her father’s footsteps into the newsroom, beginning her career at The Jordan Times in Amman and Cronkite Productions in New York City. She later became an off-air reporter and researcher for ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel in Washington, DC, where she helped cover the historic presidential election in 2000, the 9/11 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a myriad of other events and topics. Blume now specializes in stories on historical cultural achievements and has documented seminal moments in the careers of Jackson Pollock, Truman Capote, and Ernest Hemingway, among other greats. She contributes regularly to Vanity Fair, and her work has appeared in many additional publications, including Town & CountryVogueThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Departures, and The Paris Review Daily. Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank.