Lawrence is a writer and editor with long experience in newspapers and opinion journalism. At The New York Times, where he was an editor on the Metro and National desks and a member of the editorial board from 2005 to 2017, he was the lead editorial writer on immigration and New York City and State government and politics. Lawrence’s editorials covered a wide range of subjects, including transportation, housing, police reform, education, grassroots advocacy, racist violence, veterans issues, religion, and popular music and culture. His news and feature writing for The Times included articles on the Mexican narcocorrido music scene in Los Angeles, Flannery O’Connor’s life in rural Georgia, a cookbook written entirely in tweets, and the exodus of Hawaii residents to Las Vegas. 

 As a freelance editor and writer, Lawrence’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, among other publications. Before joining The Times in 1993, he was a copy editor at The Chicago Sun-Times and Newsday. 

Lawrence is a graduate of Fordham University, where he studied English literature and theology, and attended the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of a history of the Special Olympics movement, and his most recent book, written with Linda Ronstadt, about her life and roots in southern Arizona and northern Mexico, is to be published in the fall of 2022.