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Michael Callahan, Executive Editor, Philadelphia magazine:

“I first worked with Jon more than a decade ago, and in all of the years since I have worked with him as both his editor, and as his writer. I have always found him to be a consummate professional, but even more important, a skilled editor and creative thinker. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who's more organized, thoughtful, thorough, and grounded.”


James Lochart, Copy Chief, Town & Country:

“Jonathan is an excellent editor who hits his deadlines and understands and enjoys the collaborative nature of publishing. A true team player, he's one of the rare editors who makes a managing editor's job easier, not harder. I recommend him without qualification.”


Rebecca McReynolds, Freelance Writer:

“Speaking as a freelance writer, Jonathan is an excellent editor to work with. He provides clear guidance in the development of the article, and insightful input throughout the writing and editing process -- all without micromanaging the writer. (A unique skill!) He's smart, resourceful and a total pro.”


Evan Rothman, Freelance Writer:

“I have been privileged to work with Jonathan on several occasions. He is an outstanding editor—knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and works with the writer in the service of the story. He gets the forest and the trees. I am a better writer for having worked with him, and any employer wise enough to hire him will have a better (and more likable) organization for it.”


Larry Smith, Founder and Editor in Chief, SMITH Magazine:

“I've worked with Jon on projects massive and small, intense and easy, on and off for 15 years. We were colleagues at various print magazines, and when we parted ways I've needed him for a project at the next place I land (both for other people and now for my own online magazine). Jon's a sure-handed editor who makes copy better in a hurry, and a person who seems to know a lot about a lot, just when you need it. There's a reason people like me and many others keep seeking him out.


Ty Wenger, Senior Editor, ESPN The Magazine:

 “I can't recommend Jonathan Lesser more strongly. He is a writer and editor of exceptional integrity, intelligence and talent. I have been fortunate enough to work with Jon at three separate magazines, and have always been deeply impressed with his work ethic, his commitment to his craft, and the professional manner in which he has always conducted himself. He would be an excellent addition to any team.”


Susan Caminiti, Freelance Writer:

“Jonathan is a patient, thoughtful and encouraging editor who always found a way to make a story better. I worked with him at NYSE magazine and was always impressed with not only his grasp of any story but how it fit into the overall magazine as well. He has a way of listening, advising, and then stepping aside so that he gets the best work out of you. He asks insightful questions (which not all editors do), and his big-picture take on a story always leads to a better, stronger piece."


Brian Dawson, Managing Editor, Cashflow Media Ventures:

“Jonathan Lesser and I have worked together in numerous configurations on various magazine projects over the years, and he's definitely one of the "foxhole" guys—someone I'd want with me no matter how trying the circumstances. He's a keen editorial talent with an eye for detail, an elegant writing style and possibly the best, most unflappable demeanor of anyone I've ever worked with. A true class act, and a supreme editorial specialist.”


Chris Warren, Freelance Writer:

“I’ve spent the past 15 years as a magazine writer and contributed to a wide variety of national and regional publications, and Jonathan is one of the very best editors I’ve encountered. He provides clear direction on what he wants out of a story and then works with you to hone and sharpen the final product. Probably the best thing about working with Jonathan is that whenever I get an assignment from him, I know that I will do my very best work. I can’t recommend him enough.” 

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