David Leonhardt Biography

David Leonhardt is a columnist for the New York Times and an American journalist. Since the beginning of April 30, 2020, he has started authoring The New York Times’ daily email “The Morning.” He contributes to the Sunday Review section of the newspaper as well. For The New York Times, he used to write a weekly column. He used to be the editor of the publication’s daily e-mail newsletter, which was titled after him.

How old is David Leonhardt? – Age

Leonhardt was born on the 1st of January, 1973, in New York City, United States.  He is 48 years as of 2021.

Where did David Leonhardt go to school? – Education

Leonhardt obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from Yale University in 1994 after graduating from Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York. Leonhardt was the Yale Daily News’ editor-in-chief at the time.

David Leonhardt – Family

He was born in Manhattan, the son of Joan (née Alexander) and Robert Leonhardt. His dad was a devoted Jew, while his mother was a devout Protestant. His father was the principal of the French-American School in New York.

David Leonhardt Wife

Laura Leonhardt, his gorgeous and amazing wife, is his happily wedded wife. David, on the other hand, has not provided any further information about her. He hasn’t addressed his children yet.

David Leonhardt The New York Times journalist
David Leonhardt The New York Times journalist

What is Leonhardt’s Salary?

His yearly income is projected to be $79,735

Leonhardt Net Worth

Leonhardt has an estimated net worth of $828,345.

David Leonhardt Career

He received a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in the Business Journalism category from the Chicago Headline Club in 1998 for a Business Week piece he authored on McDonald’s difficulties. Since 2000, Leonhardt has been writing on economics for the Times. In 2004, he launched “Keeping Score,” an analytical sports column that ran on Sundays. He was a contributor to the paper’s 2005 series on socioeconomic class in the United States. From 2006 through 2011, his economics column, “Economic Scene,” was published on Wednesdays.

In 2003, he was a member of a team of New York Times reporters whose coverage of corporate scandals was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 2009, he received the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing for his essay “Obamanomics” in the New York Times Magazine. In 2009 and 2007, he won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ “Best in Business Journalism Contest” for his New York Times column. For his economic writings, he was a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary in 2010. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2011. Leonhardt was named chief of the Times’ Washington bureau on July 22, 2011. On September 6, 2011, he began working as an editor.

On July 26, 2011, he wrote what he described as his final Economic Scene column, “Lessons from the Malaise,” in response to this revelation. Leonhardt, on the other hand, continued to produce economic news assessments after starting his editing job. On November 20, 2013, it was revealed that Leonhardt would leave his position as Washington Bureau Chief to become the Managing Editor of a new Times “venture,” later called “The Upshot,” that “would be at the nexus of data and news, producing transparent analytical reporting and writing on opinion polls, economic indicators, politics, policy, education, and sports.”

After Nate Silver left The New York Times, The Upshot was born to fill the vacuum. Leonhardt was named the leader of an internal strategy group at the New York Times in early 2016. “We need to establish a strategic plan for what The New York Times should be, and determine how to apply our timeless principles to a new century,” Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the Times, said in introducing the group.

Baquet published the 2020 group’s findings and suggestions on January 17, 2017. “The members of the 2020 group are both hopeful and apprehensive as a result of this approach.”

“We are hopeful, deeply optimistic because The Times is better positioned than any other media company to offer the coverage that millions of people desire,” according to the study. “But we must not succumb to wishful thinking and assume that such a result is unavoidable. It is not the case. We also face genuine problems, both in media and in business.”

Books by Leonhardt

Leonhardt’s 15,000-word book on the federal budget deficit and the importance of economic growth was released in February 2013 by The New York Times and Byliner. The book is part of the newspaper’s and Byliner’s new series of short e-books.

In a review of Here’s the Deal, Slate’s Matthew Yglesias said, “if you’re not a member of Congress and just want to grasp the fiscal picture on the merits, this is a fantastic place to start.” The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein described the book as “one of the calmest, clearest views you’ll find at the deficit – both what it is and how to solve it.” On January 6, 2009, he was asked about the gold standard on The Colbert Report. On February 14, 2013, he was interviewed again on The Colbert Report to discuss his new e-book.


  • Pulitzer Prize for commentary, 2011.
  • As a columnist, he was a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010.
  • Magazines Gerald Loeb Award 2009
  • The Chicago Headline Club’s 1998 Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism.

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