Kim Kleman | Columbia Journalism School

Kim Kleman

Adjunct Faculty

Kim Kleman is the national director of Report for America, a journalism nonprofit that aims to help solve the problem of “news deserts” by providing jobs for emerging journalists and placing them in local newsrooms throughout the country.  She is a longtime adjunct at the J-School, where she has taught courses in reporting, investigative skills, magazine writing and consumer journalism and has overseen honors theses for students in the print, digital, broadcast and audio concentrations.  

She is currently writing a book with a Harvard Law School professor and behavioral economist on the best ways to attract, retain and promote women in the workplace, based on decades of company data.  

Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of The American Lawyer, responsible for leading the editorial strategy of ALM’s flagship legal brand and overseeing The American Lawyer website, magazine and daily newsletters. She and her team worked closely with ALM’s research arm and other departments to deliver in-depth analysis, investigative articles, insightful features and breaking news about the business of law at the nation’s biggest firms.   

Kleman also served as Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Reports, where she led the organization’s showcase brand and galvanized its editorial, testing, survey research and advocacy teams to produce CR’s unique mix of testing-based reports, investigative articles, consumer-survey stories and more. She also spearheaded its digital expansion to tablets and other digital platforms. Earlier, she was a reporter and editor at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times). She began her career in the Polk County bureau of The Tampa Tribune. (Professor Bill Grueskin was her first editor.) She and her teams have won more than two dozen prestigious awards for work in various media.  

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.