|Born||January 1, 1973|
|Education||B.S., Applied Mathematics (1994)|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Employer||The New York Times|
|Known for||Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, 2011; Washington bureau chief, The New York Times (2011–2013)|
David Leonhardt (born January 1, 1973) is an American journalist and columnist. Beginning April 30, 2020, he writes the daily "The Morning" newsletter for The New York Times. He also contributes to the paper's Sunday Review section. His column previously appeared weekly in The New York Times. He previously wrote the paper's daily e-mail newsletter, which bore his own name. As of October 2018, he also co-hosted a weekly Opinion podcast titled "The Argument", with Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg.
Leonhardt was previously the head of an internal strategy group, known as the 2020 group, that made recommendations to Times executives in January 2017 about changing the newsroom and the news report in response to the rise of digital media. Prior to that, he was the managing editor of The Upshot, a then-new Times venture focusing on politics, policy, and economics, with an emphasis on data and graphics. Before The Upshot, he was the paper's Washington bureau chief and an economics columnist. He joined the Times in 1999 and wrote the "Economics Scene" column, and for the Times Sunday Magazine. He is the author of a short e-book published by the Times in February 2013: Here's the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth. Before coming to the Times, he wrote for Business Week and The Washington Post.
Early life and education
Leonhardt was born in Manhattan, the son of Joan (née Alexander) and Robert Leonhardt. His father was Jewish and his mother was Protestant. His father was the head of the French-American School of New York. Leonhardt graduated from Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York, in 1990, and then continued his studies at Yale University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics. At Yale, Leonhardt served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News.
In 1998, he won a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in the Business Journalism category from the Chicago Headline Club for a Business Week story he wrote about problems at McDonald's. Leonhardt has been writing about economics for the Times since 2000. In 2004, he founded an analytical sports column, "Keeping Score," which ran on Sundays. He was one of the writers who produced the paper's 2005 series on social class in the United States. His economics column, "Economic Scene," appeared on Wednesdays from 2006 until 2011.
In 2003, he was part of a team of Times reporters whose coverage of corporate scandals was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing in 2009 for a New York Times Magazine article, "Obamanomics." He was a winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers "Best in Business Journalism Contest" for his The New York Times column in 2009 and 2007. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his economic columns. In 2011 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
On July 22, 2011, Leonhardt was appointed as chief of the Washington bureau of the Times. He began that editorial role on September 6, 2011. After this announcement, he published what he referred to as his final Economic Scene column, "Lessons from the Malaise," on July 26, 2011. However, after he began his editing assignment, Leonhardt continued to publish analyses of economic news.
On November 20, 2013, it was announced that Leonhardt would step down as Washington Bureau Chief to become Managing Editor of a new Times "venture," later given the name "The Upshot," "which will be at the nexus of data and news and will produce clear analytical reporting and writing on opinion polls, economic indicators, politics, policy, education, and sports". The Upshot was created to fill the void of Nate Silver's departure from The New York Times.
In early 2016, it was announced that Leonhardt would be the head of an internal strategy group at the Times. In announcing the group, Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the Times, wrote, "We need to develop a strategic plan for what The New York Times should be, and determine how to apply our timeless values to a new age." On January 17, 2017, Baquet released a report from the 2020 group with its recommendations. "The members of the 2020 group have emerged from this process both optimistic and anxious. We are optimistic, deeply so, because The Times is better positioned than any other media organization to deliver the coverage that millions of people are seeking," the report read. "But we must not fall prey to wishful thinking and believe that such an outcome is inevitable. It is not. We also face real challenges — journalism challenges and business challenges."
Book and interviews
In February 2013, The New York Times and Byliner published a 15,000-word book by Leonhardt on the federal budget deficit and the importance of economic growth. The book is part of a new series of short e-books from the newspaper and Byliner. Matthew Yglesias, of Slate, wrote in a review of Here's the Deal: "if you're not a member of Congress and just want to understand the budgetary landscape on the merits, this is a great place to start". Ezra Klein, of The Washington Post, called the book "one of the calmest, clearest looks you'll find at the deficit — both what it is and how to fix it."
- 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, for commentary.
- 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, as a columnist.
- 2009 Gerald Loeb Award for Magazines
- 1998 Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, from the Chicago Headline Club.
- "2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners – Commentary: David Leonhardt" (biography). The Pulitzer Prizes. pulitzer.org. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- Until the end of 2018 it was named "Opinion Today". It went back to that name on May 1, 2020.
- "Opinion | Introducing 'The Argument'". The New York Times. 2018-10-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
- Sydney Ember (2017-01-17). "The New York Times Study Calls for Rapid Change in Newsroom". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- New York Times Press Release: "The New York Times Announces New Journalism Ventures and Staff Changes" October 20, 2013.
- "The New York Times Store". Nytstore.com. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- "David Leonhardt". The New York Times (profile page). Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved 2017-02-02 – via nytimes.com.
- 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, distinguished commentary prize ( citation page ), retrieved August 20, 2011.
- New York Times: "Ask a Reporter - David Leonhardt" retrieved October 7, 2017
- New York Times: "ROBERT LEONHARDT Obituary" April 10, 2016
- Yale on-line alumni directory
- Maria Newman, "At Wary Yale, Seeds of Hope," The New York Times, April 18, 1993.
- "1998 Peter Lisagor Award recipients list, the Chicago Headline Club". Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- "Loeb Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 29, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- 2011 Pulitzer Prize, list of winners in all categories.
- Jeremy W. Peters, "Times Names David Leonhardt Washington Bureau Chief," Media Decoder (blog), The New York Times, 22 July 2011.
- David Leonhardt, "Economic Scene: Lessons from the Malaise," The New York Times, 26 July 2011.
- Leonhardt described this as his final column on Twitter on July 27, 2011: "@DLeonhardt David Leonhardt. My final Econ Scene column, on lessons from the last 11 years: we're not focusing on our true problems.... 27 Jul via Twitter for iPad".
- e.g., David Leonhardt, "Rising Fears of Recession," The New York Times, September 7, 2011.
- Memo from Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, as cited in Dylan Byers, "N.Y. Times D.C. shakeup: David Leonhardt out, Carolyn Ryan in as bureau chief," Politico, November 20, 2013.
- For more on the initiative, see Marc Tracy, "Times Editor Explains How the NYT Will Replace Nate Silver," The New Republic, November 20, 2013.
- "Here's what The New York Times' The Upshot looks like five years in". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
- "The New York Times Eyes Ambitious Overhaul In Quest For 'Journalistic Dominance' | HuffPost". Huffingtonpost.com. 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- "Journalism That Stands Apart". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- "The New York Times Launches E-Book Programs". Business Wire. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- Yglesias, Matthew (February 8, 2013). "Here's the Deal". Review of David Leonhardt's Here's the Deal. Slate.com. Retrieved 2017-2-01.
- Klein, Ezra (February 11, 2013). "10 great points from David Leonhardt's 'Here's the Deal'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- "Hiding Gold - David Leonhardt - The Colbert Report | Comedy Central". Cc.com. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- "Standard & Poor's Ratings Lawsuit - David Leonhardt - The Colbert Report | Comedy Central". Cc.com. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- "David Leonhardt collected news and commentary". The New York Times.
- Economix blog
- The Chicago Headline Club, the largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the United States.
- There's Still Hope for the Planet July 21, 2012 The New York Times by Leonhardt
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- David Leonhardt on Charlie Rose
- David Leonhardt at IMDb
- Roberts, Russ (March 19, 2007). "David Leonhardt on the Media". EconTalk. Library of Economics and Liberty.