Donna Leinwand Leger, USA TODAY Breaking News Editor
Donna Leinwand Leger is breaking news editor at USA TODAY, the nation’s largest circulation daily newspaper and a top distributor of digital news. Leinwand Leger previously worked as a reporter covering breaking news, national and international crime, terrorism and disasters.
Her reporting assignments have taken her to Hamburg, Germany in the path of the 9/11 terrorists, Jerusalem in the wake of suicide bombings, Baghdad to cover the war, Indonesia and Thailand after the tsunami, London during the subway bombings and Haiti after the massive earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince. She has covered more than 20 hurricanes, including Andrew, Katrina, Ike, Ivan, Isabel, Jeanne, Georges, Gustav, Alberto and Frances. She has twice covered the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Leinwand Leger is a past president of the National Press Club and has previously served as chairman of the Board of Governors. She is editor-in-chief of the National Press Club’s internal publication, The Wire, and serves on the Speakers Committee and as chairwoman of the Wine Dinners Committee.
She serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
She is a frequent guest lecturer at University of Missouri, George Washington University, American University, Brigham Young University, Boston University, Harvard School of Public Health and DePaul University.
Before joining USA Today in January 2000, Leinwand Leger covered Congress and the federal government as a regional reporter, first at Knight Ridder’s Washington bureau and then at Gannett News Service. Before moving to Washington in 1997, Leinwand covered crime and poverty for The Miami Herald.
She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied journalism and U.S. foreign policy. She has completed Journalist Law School at Loyola University, the Senior Journalist Seminar at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii, the Paul Miller Fellowship at the National Journalism Foundation and the Casey Fellowship at University of Maryland.
Leinwand Leger’s hobbies include travel, cooking, wine tasting and public speaking. She is married to Brian Leger, proprietor of Barrel One. She grew up in Boca Raton, Fla.