I'm a journalist covering the business and politics of food and agriculture from just outside Washington, D.C. I report on a wide range of issues, including agribusiness, regulation, federal agencies, corporate consolidation, environmental issues, racial discrimination, and labor. I am currently a staff writer and associate editor at the Food and Environment Reporting Network. My byline has appeared in the Guardian, the Nation, the Washington Post, Mother Jones, NPR, Time, and other outlets. I've been interviewed for numerous podcasts and radio shows, including the CBS Weekend News Roundup and Vox's Future Perfect, and my reporting has been cited in dozens of print and television media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, NBC Nightly News, and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight.
I am a 2021 fellow in the U.C. Berkeley - 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship, where my reporting will focus on Covid-19, worker unions, and meatpacking. In 2021, I won two reporting awards from the National Association of Agricultural Journalists for a feature on racism in FFA and for my Covid-19 mapping project. I was the 2020 recipient of the National Farmers Union Milt Hakel Award for excellence in agricultural reporting and I was a member of the 2019-2020 cohort of the New Economies Reporting Project finance solutions fellowship. You can follow me on Twitter at @leahjdouglas.