Lederman has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University Graduate School, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from George Washington University. Before becoming a journalist, he was an actor and singer in New York City. 
In 2015, Lederman was honored by the White House Correspondents Association with Merriman Smith Memorial Award for presidential news coverage under deadline pressure. The award recognized Lederman’s reporting on the Secret Service and a fence-jumper who broke into the White House. 
A journalist from Tuscon, Arizona. , Lederman started his journalism career in the AP’s Jerusalem bureau, and later covered Gov. Chris Christie and state politics for the AP in New Jersey. In 2011-2012, Lederman covered presidential, House and Senate campaigns for The Hill newspaper in Washington.