Abigail Leonard is a Tokyo-based journalist who has written about Japan for the Washington Post, Newsweek and Vox; produced video pieces for the New York Times and radio stories for NPR, BBC and Deutsche Welle. Before she moved to Japan, she wrote and produced long-form news documentary stories as a staff producer for PBS, CNN, ABC and Al Jazeera America. She was a lead writer for two news analysis programs: Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The War Room with Jennifer Granholm, where she wrote each show's top, 15-minute story.
Stories she worked on earned an Overseas Press Club Award, an Emmy Award and an Excellence in Health Care Journalism Award. She also received an East-West Center Fellowship to Japan and the UN Foundation Journalism Fellowship. She is a Regular Member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan where she chairs the Scholarship and Freedom of Press Committees.
She received a master’s degree in Science and Environmental Reporting from NYU and a bachelor's degree, with departmental honors, from the University of Pennsylvania. After college, she taught middle school social studies and science in the New Orleans Public Schools through Teach for America.
She lives in Shibuya with her husband and two-year-old son.