Leila Feinstein

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Leila Feinstein
Born Leila Jane Feinstein
(1972-02-04) February 4, 1972 (age 45)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Education New York University
Brown University
Occupation News anchor
Years active 1997–2013
Employer KTLA
Children 2
Parent(s) Alan Shawn Feinstein, Pratarnporn Feinstein
Relatives Ari Feinstein, Ricky Feinstein

Leila Feinstein (born February 4, 1972) is a Thai-American television news anchor based in Los Angeles, most recently working for Tribune-owned KTLA.


Leila joined KTLA full-time in March 2003 after working at the station on and off as a freelance reporter and anchor for two years. She is the co-anchor of the KTLA prime news and has also worked as the weekend sports anchor and weekday news reporter for KTLA prime news. She has received a Los Angeles Press Club Award and a Golden Mike Award for a report on a local quadriplegic surfer and another Golden Mike for the KTLA News special "Access Asia."[1]

Before joining KTLA, Leila worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at KRON in San Francisco and BAY-TV in San Francisco and San Jose. She also worked as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Net and as a general assignment reporter and weekend weather anchor at KCOY in Santa Maria. Leila worked as a general assignment reporter and weekend weather anchor at WSEE in Erie, Pennsylvania.[1]

Leila began her broadcasting career as an associate producer at CBS while obtaining her Masters degree in broadcast journalism at NYU. She has a Bachelor's degree in political science and theatre/dance from Brown University. Leila won a student Emmy Award for a report on the police abuse of homeless people in New York City while in school and has also received a fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists.[1]

Leila takes part in a lot of volunteer work, as she is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, mentors teenagers, and works with victims of domestic violence. She appears at many KTLA-sponsored and public community events. She also volunteers with deaf children in the community and speaks Thai and French.[1]


Leila enjoys spending time with her children as well as swimming, dancing, camping, and yoga.[1]

Leila's father Alan Shawn Feinstein is the founder of the Feinstein Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering education and ending hunger. Her mother Dr. Pratarnporn Feinstein, a psychiatrist and native of Bangkok, Thailand.[2] Leila is of mixed Jewish and Thai descent.


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