Leah was born and raised in Santa Barbara. Like her colleagues Ryan Phillips and Ian Stewart, Leah also attended UC Santa Cruz and wrote for the student newspaper, City on a Hill Press. Leah spent four years with the Press, ultimately becoming co-editor in chief during her senior year. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, Leah moved to New Orleans after the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and reported there as a freelancer for the New Orleans Publishing Group. Her work has appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Metro Santa Cruz, New Orleans CityBusiness and North Shore Report. Leah is interested in investigative reporting and news features.