Jerome earned at BA in American Studies at Georgetown University and an MA from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In 1998 he was one of the founders of Book Magazine, serving as its Editor in Chief throughout its run. He was named Managing Director of global media conglomorate VNU’s US Literary Properties in 2004; in that capacity he oversaw the creation of TheBookStandard.com and revitalized Kirkus Reviews and KirkusReviews.com. He subsequently worked with another startup, NetGalley.com, before beginning development of The Museum of American Literature and launching TheBiographyMachine, a documentary-arts company. TBM’s current project focuses on an East Texas family in the 1950s.