Leah joined News 8 as a reporter in July 2013. She's a small-town Wisconsin girl, born and raised in the 800-strong village of Highland in the southwest corner of the state. She graduated in May 2013 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in journalism and political science. Her love of the Wisconsin community and all things dairy helped guide her decision to stay within the state after graduation.
While at UW-Madison, Leah worked at "The Badger Herald," the nation's largest independent student newspaper. During her time there, she filled a variety of positions ranging from political reporter and news editor to editorial board chair. She also worked as an editorial assistant for UW-Madison’s economic magazine, the "Journal of Human Resources."
Leah's passion for broadcast journalism grew during her internship with WISC-TV, Madison's top-rated news station and sister station to WKBT. She also worked as a reporter, photographer, producer and web editor for UW-Madison’s campus broadcast, the Badger Report.
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Anything by Taylor Swift.
"Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg.
If you could interview one person, living or deceased, who would that be?
Favorite way to spend a day off?
Anything that involves the outdoors, good food, and friends and family.
What sports team are you a big fan of?
I am a hardcore Brewers fan, even through the rough seasons. I only wish we still had George Kottaras catching for us; he had such a good on-base percentage.
I love Frank’s hot sauce, so any food I can put it on, which is just about anything!
What do you like about your job?
I love being able to tell a story in a platform like broadcast that allows me to capture an emotion and give my audience the opportunity to feel it through words, picture and sound.
Pizza. Sausage, pepperoni or everything on it?
Everything on it – except for onions. I'm not a fan of onions.