DONNA LEINWAND LEGER
PAST PRESIDENT, NATIONAL PRESS CLUB | BREAKING NEWS EDITOR, uSA TODAY
Donna Leinwand Leger is a reporter covering breaking news, national and international crime and disasters at USA Today, the nation's largest circulation daily newspaper. 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.
Leinwand Leger is a past president of the National Press Club and has previously served as chairman of the Board of Governors. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
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 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. She grew up in Boca Raton, Fla.