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Leslie Wayne

Leslie Wayne, USA is a senior writer at ICIJ. Ms. Wayne is a 29-year veteran of The New York Times, where she has covered a wide range of business topics, including Wall Street, the banking industry, municipal finance scandals and, most recently, the Pentagon budget as a military and aerospace reporter.

In every presidential election since 1996, Ms. Wayne has been a member of The Times campaign finance team and a money-and-politics investigative reporter. She has worked from Times’ bureaus in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, London and Paris.

A Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economic Journalism, Ms. Wayne also has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Her journalism awards include the “Best of Bagehot” award and five New York Times Publisher’s Awards. 

She has taught business journalism at Columbia Journalism School, New York University, Arizona State and Tsinghua University in Beijing and has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg television, MSNBC, CBS Radio and in numerous Times’ videos and podcasts.

Earlier in her career, she worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina and is an honors graduate of The University of Michigan. 

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