|Born||21 January 1972|
|Education||University of Manchester|
|Notable credit(s)||BBC News|
Leithead was born in the south of England to Arthur Leithead, a security manager, and Edna Leithead (née Mooney), a teacher in private education. He was raised in Blaydon-on-Tyne and educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. He then went to the University of Manchester to study geography.
As a foreign correspondent, Leithead has been based in Africa and Asia before moving to Kabul. There he covered the war in Afghanistan. He is now based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He recently reported from a refugee camp in South Sudan
Leithead won the 2007 Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents Television Award for his war reporting. In 2005/6 he was shortlisted for the Royal Television Society's TV Journalism Award, and in 2008 he was shortlisted for a BAFTA for best news coverage.
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