Kenneth Lerer is an American businessman and media executive. He was the chairman and co-founder of The Huffington Post, an American news website acquired by Aol in 2011. Lerer is also a Managing Director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Chairman of Betaworks and BuzzFeed.
Lerer is a past Executive Vice President of AOL Time Warner and was a founding partner of New York-based corporate communications firm Robinson, Lerer, and Montgomery. In 2013, Lerer launched StoptheNRA.com to advocate for the continuation of the assault weapons ban as a federal law. He subsequently donated the website to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Lerer has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University, where he lectured on the media and American corporations. He served as Chairman of the Public Theater in New York for 10 years, and is now its Chairman Emeritus.
He has two children; his son Benjamin started Thrillist, an online men's lifestyle website, and is also a managing director at Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
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