Executive Vice President
Joe Lenski is co-founder and Executive Vice President of Edison Research. Under his supervision, Edison Research currently conducts all exit polls for the six major news organizations comprising the National Election Pool (NEP) – ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC and the Associated Press. Edison Research has conducted all state and national exit polling for the NEP since 2003 including the presidential primaries and general elections in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Joe served as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) from 2010 to 2012 and has served on the Executive Council of the New York Chapter of AAPOR from 2004 to 2006 and 2008 to 2011 including serving as President of the chapter.
Since founding Edison Media Research in 1994, Joe has overseen hundreds of research projects each year for some of the world’s largest media companies, conducting survey research and providing strategic information to radio stations, television stations, newspapers, cable networks, record labels, Internet companies and other media organizations. Edison Research also conducts research for successful radio stations in South America, Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe including research for the Voice of America Arab Language Radio Service “Radio Sawa.” In 2012 Edison Research also conducted exit polls for national elections in Venezuela and the Republic of Georgia.
Joe has worked as a Statistical Analyst for the CBS News/New York Times Poll from 1987-1989, and for the network exit polling consortium, Voter Research & Surveys and Voter News Service, from 1990 to 1994. In addition to conducting several independent exit polls from 1996 to 2002, Edison Research designed and operated CNN RealVote, the vote gathering and election projections for CNN during the 2002 elections.
Joe has been a four-time panelist at the post-election conferences hosted by the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. He has lectured on exit polling and survey research at numerous universities including Harvard University, Marist College, Rutgers University, Monmouth University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.
Joe is a graduate of Princeton University and studied at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.