Elisabeth Leamy

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Elisabeth Ann Leamy
Eli Leamy at the Mic at an Event.jpg
Leamy in 2013
Born September 10, 1967 (age 50)
St. Louis, MO
Nationality American
Other names Eli
Occupation
  • American journalist
  • author
  • speaker
  • Investigative correspondent for The Dr. Oz Show
Known for Consumer correspondent for Good Morning America and other ABC News programs
Awards

Elisabeth Ann Leamy (born September 10, 1967) is an American journalist, author and speaker. Currently, she writes a column for The Washington Post.[1] Leamy also hosts a podcast called "Easy Money," produced by District Productive in Washington, D.C.[2]

Leamy has been the investigative correspondent for The Dr. Oz Show since 2013. From 2005 to 2013, she was the consumer correspondent for Good Morning America and other ABC News programs.[3] Leamy wrote an ABC News Business column from 2006 to 2015.[4] In 2014, she was the host of the YouTube show "Free For All," about free products and services available to consumers.[5]

Leamy is the author of two books, Save BIG: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands (2010)[6] and The Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Rip-Offs That Cost You Time and Money (2004)[7] and is the recipient of 13 Emmy awards.[8][9][10]

Leamy is also a professional speaker with membership in the National Speakers Association.[11] She gives speeches about financial literacy,[12] career success,[13] pitching stories to the media,[14] and saving money.[15]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Elisabeth Ann Leamy was born September 10, 1967 in St. Louis, MO, and spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from The Branson School in Ross, California.[16][unreliable source?] Leamy received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley[10] and her master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Leamy is married to Kris Persinger, a financial planner, and they have a daughter, Kelsea Adair Leamy Persinger, born in 2006.[17] Her father is Patrick MacLeamy, Chairman of HOK, an architectural firm.[18] Her mother is Jeanne MacLeamy, city council member for Novato, California.[19][not in citation given][20] John Leamy, the drummer for Masters of Reality, and Elisabeth are cousins.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

Leamy began her television news career in Bakersfield, California at KERO-TV 23. She then worked at WFLA-TV in Tampa from 1994-1997. Leamy was the consumer and investigative reporter at Fox 5 WTTG in Washington, DC from 1997 to 2005.[21]

Current career[edit]

Currently, Elisabeth Leamy writes a Washington Post consumer column[22] about topics such as how to avoid robocalls,[23] whether expensive paint brands are worth it,[24] and ways to save money on organic groceries.[25]

Leamy launched a podcast in June 2006 called "Easy Money" about ways to make more money, save more money, and find your unclaimed money.[26] The podcast has an accompanying blog where Leamy posts detailed show notes for her listeners.[27]

Leamy continues to work as the investigative correspondent for The Dr. Oz Show. She frequently discusses her consumer and medical reports as a guest on Washington, D.C. radio stations[28] and television stations.[29]

From 2005 to 2013, she was the consumer correspondent for Good Morning America and other ABC News programs.[3] Leamy continues to write an ABC News Business column.[30] She was host of the YouTube show "Free For All," about free products and services available to consumers. Leamy is the author of two books, Save BIG: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands (2010)[6] and The Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Rip-Offs That Cost You Time and Money (2004).[7]

Notable news reports[edit]

In 1999, while at WTTG, Leamy broadcast an investigative story about a Washington, D.C. rave party called "Buzz." The story alleged that D.C. police officers working off-duty security for the party ignored drug use by patrons. The Washington City Paper criticized the story.[31] Buzz was temporarily shut down and the owners later sued WTTG.

In 2006, Leamy investigated the herbal remedy "Airborne" for Good Morning America,[32] questioning the company's clinical trial evidence and marketing claims. Two years later, Airborne settled a class action lawsuit and FTC charges, not admitting fault, but agreeing to refund consumers up to $30 million.[33][34]

In 2010, Leamy conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama about the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.[35]

From 2011 to 2012, Leamy did a series of reports for Good Morning America called "Show Me the Money" which reunited people with unclaimed money held by the government totaling nearly $2 million.[36]

Leamy's story about a West Virginia Woman who was trying to collect a $10 million judgment from an abusive debt collector was ABC's most-trafficked web feature of 2012.[37][38]

In 2013, Leamy reported for The Dr. Oz Show that epidural steroid injections for back pain are not FDA approved and have caused injuries and deaths.[39][40]

Later that year, she reported that LASIK eye surgery had more serious side effects than first reported.[41]

In 2015, Leamy reported for The Dr. Oz Show that ten doctors who had called upon Columbia University to fire Dr. Oz had ties to the Genetically Modified Food industry.[42] Dr. Oz has said that genetically modified food should be labeled as such.[43]

Awards[edit]

Leamy is the recipient of 13 Emmy awards[8][9][10] and 4 Edward R. Murrow Awards.[10] In 2001, she was a finalist for the Livingston Award for young journalists.[44]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elisabeth Leamy". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Easy Money with Elisabeth Leamy - District Productive". District Productive. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Elisabeth Leamy Biography". ABC News. ABC News Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Elisabeth Leamy Consumer Correspondent". ABC News. ABC News Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Free For ALL with Elisabeth Leamy - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  6. ^ a b Leamy, Elisabeth (2011). Save Big : Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0470918173. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Leamy, Elisabeth (2004). The Savvy Consumer : How to Avoid Scams and Ripoffs that Cost You Time and Money (1st ed.). Sterling, Va.: Capital Books. ISBN 978-1931868570. 
  8. ^ a b "MegaMetro NewsCenter Story Archives June–August 2000". MegaMetro TV NewsCenter. MegaMetro TV NewsCenter. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Maynard, John (June 19, 2005). "Youth Is Served At Local Emmys". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Elisabeth Leamy ABC News Official Bio Page". ABC News. ABC News Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Elisabeth Leamy". NSA-DC. NSA-DC. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "SUMMIT TO RAISE FINANCIAL LITERACY AWARENESS IN SCHOOL". State of New Jersey Department of Education. NJDOE. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Annual Meeting—Elisabeth Leamy". Association Media & Publishing. Association Media & Publishing. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Leamy, Elisabeth. "ABC News Reporter Elizabeth Leamy to Share 'Secret Sauce' of Marketing at NWCUA Conference". Anthem. Anthem. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Leamy, Elisabeth. "2011 Speaker Handouts & Presentations". Massachusetts Conference For Women. Massachusetts Conference For Women. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Branson School Alumni". The Branson School Alumni Facebook Page. Facebook. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Ticker: Leamy, Cosby, The Most…". Mediabistro. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Patrick MacLeamy". HOK. HOK. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Council Members". The City of Novato. The City of Novato. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Margaret B. MacArthur Obituary". Legacy.com. Legacy.com. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Revolving Door 7.8.05 (Updated)". Mediabistro. 8 July 2005. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Elisabeth Leamy". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  23. ^ Leamy, Elisabeth (2017-09-12). "Are robo-calls driving you crazy? Here's how to block and beat them". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  24. ^ Leamy, Elisabeth (2017-10-31). "Are expensive, trendy paint brands really worth it?". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  25. ^ "Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  26. ^ "Easy Money with Elisabeth Leamy by District Productive on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  27. ^ "HOME | Easy Money Show". Easy Money Show. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  28. ^ "You searched for". WTOP. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  29. ^ FOX. "How to find your unclaimed money". WTTG. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  30. ^ "ABC News Business". ABC News. ABC News Internet Ventures. 
  31. ^ "Raving Mad". Washington City Paper. 14 May 1999. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  32. ^ "Good Morning America: "Airborne" Cold Remedy Falls Flat". WKBW. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  33. ^ Barrett, Kate (3 March 2008). "Airborne to Refund Consumers". ABC News. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  34. ^ Leamy, Elisabeth (1 September 2008). "Deadline for Airborne Refund Is Days Away". ABC News. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  35. ^ Leamy, Elisabeth (23 July 2010). "Exclusive: President Obama on Fin. Reg. Reform". ABC News Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  36. ^ "Unclaimed Money". Yahoo – ABC News Network. Good Morning America Yahoo. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  37. ^ Leamy, Elisabeth (25 April 2012). "W. Va. Woman Fights to Collect $10 Million from Debt Collectors". ABC News. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  38. ^ Lucey, Bill (10 December 2012). "Most Viewed Online Stories of 2012: Survey Results". TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  39. ^ Leamy, Elisabeth (6 May 2013). "An In-Depth Investigation: Epidural Steroid Injections". Dr. Oz Show/Harpo. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  40. ^ "Epidural Steroid Injections, The Truth... Finally! / Part 2". YouTube. Dr. Oz. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  41. ^ "Undercover Lasik Surgery Investigation". Dr. Oz Show. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  42. ^ "N.J.'s Dr. Oz decries 'public shaming and bullying' from his critics". NJ.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  43. ^ "Dr. Oz Says He Just Wants to Label GMO Foods —That's Still Not a Great Idea". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  44. ^ "Livingston Awards Names 2001 Finalists". University of Michigan. University of Michigan. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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