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About the Series: Staff Profile

Name: Abby Leonard

Position: Associate Producer

Most memorable experience at NOW: Interviewing the prime minister of New Zealand at the Pacific Islands Forum in Niue, five minutes after finding out she'd be willing to speak with us. It was spur-of-the-moment, but the interview really helped illustrate how leaders of industrialized countries plan to deal with the issue of climate change refugees.

Guilty pleasure: Overpriced espresso drinks; online scrabble; and Internet radio—the soundtrack to my Nexis searches.

In the past: I was an associate producer for CNN and a freelance writer for Popular Science, The New York Daily News and Newsday. Before that I taught 6th grade science and social studies at a New Orleans public school through Teach for America (by far my toughest job.) I have a Bachelor's degree from University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Science and Environment Journalism from New York University.

Favorite NOW shows:

God and Global Warming
How do global warming skeptics respond when the evidence of climate change is right in front of them? A beautiful and moving piece about scientists and Evangelicals finding common ground.

Guantanamo Justice?
An inside look at the Bush Administration's detainee policy from the lawyer who successfully argued the landmark decision, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. A good topic to revisit.

Credit and Credibilty
When the economy began to crumble, this story helped explain the key role credit rating agencies played—a great example of making complicated information accessible.

 
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