Lyle Denniston
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Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston
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Lyle Denniston at the Supreme Court Preview at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va., October 2009
Born (1931-03-16) March 16, 1931 (age 89)
EducationUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Georgetown University
Known forCoverage of the United States Supreme Court

Lyle Denniston (born March 16, 1931)[1] is an American legal journalist, professor, and author, who has reported on the Supreme Court of the United States since 1958.[2][3] He wrote for SCOTUSblog, an online blog featuring news and analysis of the Supreme Court, until June 2016,[4] after previously having written for multiple national newspapers and legal periodicals. His commentary is also featured on the National Public Radio show Here and Now.[5] In addition, he has contributed to numerous books and journals, and is the author of "The Reporter and the Law: Techniques for Covering the Courts."[6] Denniston has taught classes on law, journalism, and American constitutional history at American University, Georgetown University, Penn State University, and Johns Hopkins University.[7]

Because of his long-standing coverage of the Court, he has been referred to as the "Dean Emeritus of the Supreme Court Press Corps," and he enjoys the singular distinction of being the only person to have earned a plaque in the Supreme Court press room.[8][9]


Lyle Denniston was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska. He graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and later earned a master's degree in political science and history from Georgetown University. While deeply knowledgeable about the law, Denniston is not a lawyer, though he taught at Georgetown University's law school for 8 years.[10] As a journalist he started covering the Supreme Court for the Wall Street Journal in 1958[10] during the Warren Court era, and later wrote for the Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The American Lawyer, and the Washington Star.[9] He joined SCOTUSblog in February 2004, and retired in June 2016, 58 years after he first started covering the Supreme Court.[4]



  1. ^ @lyden (March 15, 2016). "Thanks to all for birthday wishes. Tomorrow, 85 and counting!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ S. L. Alexander (2004). Media and American Courts: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO. pp. 88-89. ISBN 978-1-57607-979-9.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Tom (May 22, 2014). "Scotusblog loss of Senate press credentials fuels media uproar". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b Denniston, Lyle (June 25, 2016). "One journey over, the quest continues". SCOTUSblog. Retrieved 2016.
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  6. ^ a b "Nieman Watchdog > About Us > Contributor > Lyle Denniston".
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Page Not Found :: W&L Law School". Cite uses generic title (help)
  9. ^ a b Mataconis, Doug (June 26, 2016). "Lyle Denniston Leaving SCOTUSBlog". Outside the Beltway. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Q&A with Lyle Denniston". C-SPAN. March 8, 2007. Retrieved 2020.
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