Jason Leopold

Jason Leopold is an American investigative reporter who was most recently a senior editor and reporter for Truthout.org, a position he exited on February 19, 2008 after three years, according to an e-mail from Marc Ash, that publication’s Executive Director. Leopold left truthout to start his own web-based political magazine, BackgroundBriefing.org, according to an email sent to his readers.

He is the author of the 2006 Los Angeles Times bestselling memoir News Junkie. He began his journalistic career in 1992, writing obituaries for The Reporter Dispatch newspaper in White Plains, New York. He became the crime and courts reporter for the Whittier Daily News in 1997 and then moved to the City News Service where he covered court trials. Following City News, Leopold spent six months working as a stringer for the Los Angeles Times Orange County edition and was then tapped to help the paper launch Our Times, a regional supplement to the Los Angeles Times, Leopold spent two years covering California’s electricity crisis as Los Angeles bureau chief of Dow Jones Newswires.

A Factiva search shows that Leopold has written more than 350 wire-service dispatches and investigative stories on the issue. He also was the first to report that energy companies were engaged in manipulative practices in California’s newly deregulated electricity market.[citation needed] Leopold has also reported extensively on Enron.

He was one of the first small group of journalists to interview former Enron President Jeffrey Skilling following Enron’s bankruptcy filing in December 2001. Before working at Truthout he was a freelance investigative reporter covering foreign and domestic policy. In the summer of 2002 he was West Coast editor of Footwear News.

Leopold has broken numerous stories on the financial machinations Enron engaged in and his investigative pieces on the company have been published in The Nation, Salon.com, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal The San Francisco Chronicle, CBS Marketwatch, Entrepreneur, Utne Reader and other publications.

Leopold was also a contributor to CNBC and National Public Radio and had also been the keynote speaker at more than two-dozen energy industry conferences around the country. Leopold has been writing about foreign and domestic policy online for publications such as Alternet, CounterPunch, Common Dreams, ZNet, Z magazine, The Raw Story, Counterbias, Scoop and Truthout.org.

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