Abigail Leonard is a Tokyo-based journalist who covers Japanese politics and culture for print and broadcast news outlets in the U.S. and Europe, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek Vox, NPR, BBC and Deutsche Welle.
Stories she reported from Japan earned a 2018 National Headliner Award and a 2018 James Beard Foundation Media Award Nomination. She was a 2011 East-West Center Japan Fellow, a 2010 UN Foundation Journalism Fellow and is currently First Vice President of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, a 2000-member national press organization established in 1945. Stories she worked on in the United States won an Association of Health Care Journalists Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and a national Emmy Award.
Her first job out of college was as a middle school science teacher in the New Orleans Public Schools through the Teach for America program.