Carol D. Leonnig

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Carol D. Leonnig
Born Carol D. Leonnig
c. 1966
Occupation journalist
Notable credit(s) Washington Post,
Charlotte Observer,
Philadelphia Inquirer

Carol D. Leonnig is an American investigative journalist and a Washington Post Staff Writer.


Leonnig's first reporting job was in 1989 at The Philadelphia Inquirer where she worked in the South Jersey bureau. After that, she became a staff writer for The Charlotte Observer.[1]

Washington Post[edit]

Having covered the Bush administration and issues surrounding detainees imprisoned indefinitely at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp from the Post's federal courts beat, she now writes for the National Desk as part of a team examining federal agencies and government accountability.

She has done numerous television interviews including The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,[1][2] and MSNBC.[3] Her coverage of the Bush administration has been cited in many books on the subject.[4][5][6]

In 2011, Leonnig and her Post colleague Joe Stephens revealed in a series of stories how the Obama administration pressed to approve a $535 million federal loan to Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer whose leading investors were tied to a major Obama fundraiser.[7]


In 2005, Leonnig was part of a seven-person team that won the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting given by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California for a series of articles that uncovered unhealthy levels of lead in the drinking water in Washington, D.C. and problems with reporting water quality across the U.S.[8][9]

She is also a former Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow.[10]


  1. ^ a b Scanlan, Chip (May 4, 2007). "Triple Threat at the Libby Trial". Chip on Your Shoulder (The Poynter Institute). Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  2. ^ Smith, Terence (2005-09-30). "Jailed Journalist Testifies". The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  3. ^ Meier, Randy (November 16). "Woodward says he knew CIA agent's name: Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig talks to MSNBC-TV’s Randy Meier about Bob Woodward’s testimony that an unnamed official told him about Valeria Plame in mid-June, 2003.". MSNBC. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  4. ^ Wheeler, Marcy (2007-01-25). Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy. Vaster Books. p. 167. ISBN 0-9791761-0-7. 
  5. ^ Rich, Frank (2006-09-19). The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina. The Penguin Press HC. p. 326. ISBN 1-59420-098-X. 
  6. ^ Harbury, Jennifer K. (2005-09-15). Truth, Torture, and the American Way: The History and Consequences of U.S. Involvement in Torture. Beacon Press. p. 197. ISBN 0-8070-0307-7. 
  7. ^ Stephens, Joe; Leonnig, Carol D. (13 September 2011). "Solyndra loan: White House pressed on review of solar company now under investigation". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Alum Wins Investigative Reporting Award with Post Team". University of Maryland, College Park. 2005-02-25. Retrieved 2007-11-07. [dead link]
  9. ^ "HONORS". The Washington Post. February 23, 2005. 
  10. ^ "The Regional Reporter". Regional Reporters Association. April 1998. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 

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