Lindsey Leake was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in neighboring Fairfax County, Virginia. Growing up in the media-crazed nation’s capital played a crucial role in fostering her interest in journalism. She was also heavily influenced by her father, a photojournalist who has worked in broadcast journalism for 40 years - including at CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, BET, the U.S. House of Representatives Recording Studio, Pacifica Network, WJLA-TV and WPFW-FM. As a child, Lindsey loved going to work with her dad; she first sat behind an anchor desk at age 3, and would tag along to press conferences and on trips to Capitol Hill whenever possible. While in school, Lindsey didn't know she'd one day follow in her father's footsteps, but journalism was in her blood and she developed her own love of the news business as she got older.
After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia in 2006, Lindsey began her undergraduate studies at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2008, she was awarded the school’s Edwin F. Ferris Class of 1899 Grant for Summer Internships in Journalism, which allowed her to complete her first editorial internship at Washington Spaces magazine in Vienna, Virginia that summer. During her junior year she coordinated the national distribution of Business Today magazine, the largest student-run publication in the country. In 2010, Lindsey graduated from Princeton with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Italian with Journalism and a Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication.
In December 2012, Lindsey moved to Richmond, Virginia to work full time as the Assistant Editor - Promotions & Special Projects at Virginia Living magazine, the most widely read lifestyle publication in the state. After she completed that temporary position in July 2013, Lindsey decided it was time to break into broadcast journalism.
Lindsey worked as a Digital Content Producer at WRIC-TV in Richmond from August 2013 to June 2014. While producing multimedia content for WRIC.com, she fell in love with the fast pace of TV news, learned to thrive in breaking news situations, engaged large audiences daily on social media, and embraced the power of digital journalism.
In July 2014, Lindsey once again returned to the nation's capital to work as a Web Editor at WJLA-TV and its sister cable station, NewsChannel 8. Both stations are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest TV broadcasting company in the nation. In May 2015, Lindsey was promoted to National Online News Producer, becoming the first hire on Sinclair's new national digital desk. She now writes, edits and produces multimedia content for 140+ news and entertainment websites in 80+ TV markets across the country, from Seattle to Las Vegas to Baltimore. Lindsey also recently joined the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
In September 2017, Lindsey began part-time graduate studies at the American University School of Communication, pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She's thrilled to join the Eagle family as she takes the next step toward achieving her academic and professional goals.