LINDSEY LEAKE
 

lindsey leake

EXPLANATORY REPORTER

Lindsey Leake is a Florida-based USA TODAY Network reporter with more than nine years' experience in digital, broadcast and print journalism. She holds an M.A. in Journalism and Digital Storytelling from American University and a B.A. in Italian with Journalism, as well as a Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication, from Princeton University. Click here to view a .pdf of her resume.

 
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EXPERIENCE

Lindsey thrives on reporting breaking news as much as she enjoys spending weeks on in-depth, investigative coverage. She’s currently combining both loves as an Explanatory Reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers / TCPalm, a division of USA TODAY, in South Florida.

Lindsey was previously the Senior Digital Editor at Circa, a groundbreaking digital news service packaging everything from Senate hearings to planetary science to odd dining trends for millennials. She led Circa’s online publishing team from the brand’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Before that, Lindsey was a National Online News Producer for Sinclair Broadcast Group — the largest TV broadcasting company in the nation — in Washington, D.C. She wrote, edited and produced multimedia content for 140+ news and entertainment websites in 80+ TV markets across the country.

Prior to joining Sinclair’s national digital desk, Lindsey was a Web Editor at WJLA-TV and its sister cable station NewsChannel 8 (now WJLA 24/7 News) in Washington, D.C., and a Digital Content Producer at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia. She authored breaking news stories, rewrote TV packages for the web, managed stations’ social media accounts, and field produced special events.

Before jumping into the intersection of digital and broadcast journalism, Lindsey was the Assistant Editor - Promotions & Special Projects at Virginia Living magazine, and held editorial internships at Northern Virginia and Washington Spaces magazines, as well as Refinery29. During her junior year at Princeton University, she was on the Business Today publishing staff.

 
 
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EDUCATION

Johns Hopkins UNIVERSITY

M.A. Science Writing ‘21

american university

M.A. Journalism and Digital Storytelling ‘19

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

B.A. Italian with Journalism ‘10

Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication 

FELLOWSHIPS

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Journalist Fellowship Summer School ‘19

YALE UNIVERSITY

THREAD at Yale: Storytelling in Modern Media ‘19

ORGANIZATIONS

CLIPS

 

EXPERIENCE

Lindsey poses with cardboard cutouts of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at WJLA-TV in Arlington, Va., October 2016.

Lindsey poses with cardboard cutouts of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at WJLA-TV in Arlington, Va., October 2016.

 

CLICK HERE to view a .pdf version of Lindsey Leake’s resume.

 
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EXPLANATORY REPORTER

USA TODAY NETWORK - TCPALM

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA | JULY 2019 - PRESENT

  • Writes untold, character-centric stories of the Treasure Coast

  • Focuses on data-driven reporting as part of investigative team

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senior digital editor

circa

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA | OCT. 2018 - MARCH 2019

  • Led the millennial digital news service’s publishing team, including Washington, D.C., headquarters and Los Angeles and New York bureaus

  • Oversaw overall quality of articles, photos and videos posted on Circa.com

  • Wrote articles, copyedited digital content, and curated multimedia story elements to enhance viewer engagement

  • Collaborated with all Circa staff — including live and social media teams, reporters, photographers and video editors — to manage Circa’s online presence

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NATIONAL ONLINE NEWS PRODUCER

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA | MAY 2015 – SEPT. 2018

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WEB EDITOR

WJLA-TV (ABC7 NEWS) AND NEWSCHANNEL 8 (Now wjla 24/7 news)

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA | JULY 2014 – APRIL 2015

  • Aggressively published breaking news by writing web articles, sending push notifications and emails, and posting content on social media; coordinated with assignment desk and reporters in the field to ensure quick, accurate publication

  • Wrote and edited original web articles, rewrote television scripts and reporter packages for web, and produced multimedia news content for WJLA.com; posted and cut video for roughly 25 web stories daily

  • Curated local and national content from The Associated Press, CNN, ABC News and ESPN

  • Managed all social media accounts, engrossing more than 400,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter

  • Measured story performance using Google Analytics and Chartbeat

  • Worked with producers, reporters, photographers, editors and anchors to integrate interactive digital and social media content on air

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DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER

WRIC-TV (ABC 8NEWS)

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA | AUG. 2013 – JUNE 2014

  • Wrote and edited original web articles, rewrote television scripts and reporter packages for web, and produced multimedia news content for WRIC.com; posted about 15 to 20 web stories and video clips daily

  • Managed all social media accounts and consistently engaged large audiences on Facebook and Twitter

  • Worked closely with producers, reporters and anchors to integrate interactive digital and social media content on air, with a special focus on “Good Morning Richmond,” “8News at 9” and “8News at Noon”

  • Thrived during breaking news situations, quickly generating content for WRIC.com, the 8News mobile app and social media platforms

  • Field produced and provided digital and social media coverage of “8News on the Move” live shows on location, including at the 2014 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show

  • Assisted the assignment desk with news gathering, fact checking, and fielding press releases and news tips

  • Wrote headlines, web teases and daily email blasts

  • Gathered news updates from reporters in the field; worked with reporters to promote and tease their packages on Facebook and Twitter

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ASSISTANT EDITOR – PROMOTIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS

VIRGINIA LIVING MAGAZINE

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA | DEC. 2012 – JULY 2013

  • Oversaw production of the Best of Virginia 2013 special issue: designed and managed second-annual statewide readers’ survey, increased reader participation by 148 percent, notified and interviewed winners, managed call team staff, and wrote more than 200 winner blurbs

  • Handled all promotions for the most widely read lifestyle magazine in the state and its special issues, including crafting press releases, media kits, house ads, promotion plans and email blasts

  • Engaged and interacted with readers by running the magazine’s social media accounts

  • Wrote articles, pitched stories, interviewed subjects, copy edited, fact checked, proofread and researched

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EDITORIAL INTERN

REFINERY29

WASHINGTON, D.C. | SEPT. – NOV. 2012

  • Wrote fashion, beauty, arts, entertainment and news content for the online global style hub

  • Conducted market research on fashion trends, shows, sales, store openings and other retail events

  • Pitched original content, interviewed subjects, fact checked articles, and requested art from sources

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EDITORIAL INTERN

NORTHERN VIRGINIA MAGAZINE

CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA | DEC. 2011 – SEPT. 2012

  • Wrote a variety of print and online copy, ranging from 3,000-word magazine features to brief web posts

  • Contributed to cover stories and wrote full-length features for the magazine, as well as online travel, news, family, health & beauty, arts & entertainment, and home & design content

  • Interviewed sources, gathered art, conducted research, fact checked and copy edited

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CONTRIBUTOR 

PATCH MEDIA

CENTREVILLE AND CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA | JAN. 2011 – JUNE 2012

  • Worked as a freelance multimedia journalist for several Northern Virginia divisions of Patch

  • Wrote weekly columns in addition to frequent feature articles for the hyper-local digital news publications

  • Pitched stories, researched, and supported editorial staff

  • Shot, edited, wrote and tracked several digital packages

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PUBLISHING STAFF MEMBER

BUSINESS TODAY MAGAZINE

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY | SEPT. 2008 – MAY 2009

  • Coordinated distribution of the largest student-run publication in the United States, contacted PR departments at top business schools, and scheduled shipment of the magazine during junior year in college

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EDITORIAL INTERN

WASHINGTON SPACES MAGAZINE

VIENNA, VIRGINIA | JUNE – AUG. 2008

  • Wrote back-of-book pieces, web articles and blog posts for the luxury home and design publication

  • Conducted research to support senior staff writers, proofread and fact checked advertisement and article mockups, completed in-person and phone interviews for feature articles, and gathered art

  • Assisted the art department with layout tasks as needed and worked on fall issue of the magazine from conception to completion

 

EDUCATION

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BALTIMORE, MD. | JAN. 2020 - MAY 2021

M.A. SCIENCE WRITING

  • Advanced Standing candidate

Lindsey Leake, 30, smiles at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., on her graduation day, Saturday, May 11, 2019. She earned a 4.0 GPA in the weekend M.A. in Journalism and Digital Storytelling program while working full time. (Natalie Leake)

Lindsey Leake, 30, smiles at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., on her graduation day, Saturday, May 11, 2019. She earned a 4.0 GPA in the weekend M.A. in Journalism and Digital Storytelling program while working full time. (Natalie Leake)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. | SEPT. 2017 - may 2019

M.A. JOURNALISM AND DIGITAL STORYTELLING

  • Commencement speaker finalist | February 2019

  • Merit Award recipient | May 2017

  • Courses completed: Audio Storytelling, Backpack Video Journalism, Capstone Seminar in Journalism, Communication Law, Data-Driven Journalism, Innovation & Media Industry, Longform Storytelling, Photography/Visual Storytelling, Web Studio, Writing/Editing for Convergent Media

 
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graduate work

Lindsey Leake is a recent graduate of the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., where she earned an M.A. in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. Below is a selection of her graduate work. Click here for her complete graduate portfolio. 

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