About the Author
Jacqueline Leo is Editor in Chief of The Fiscal Times She is also Senior Advisor for Business Development at iAmplify.com, a Web-based content source and syndication network that provides tools and distribution for leading authors, celebrities and media companies to publish audio and video content over the internet.
Leo has worked in a variety of media: She was Vice President of Editorial Operations, Sales and Marketing for Meredith Interactive where she oversaw the digital development of Better Homes and Gardens (magazine) and Ladies' Home Journal; she was Senior Producer and Editorial Director for ABC News’ Good Morning America; she served as Editorial Director for Consumer Reports magazine and all of their varied media products.
After spending years in the magazine and newspaper business, she founded and launched Child (magazine) in 1986. After acquiring the magazine, The New York Times Magazine Group appointed her Editor-in-Chief of Family Circle magazine. Under her leadership, an article on toxic waste dumping won the 1990 National Magazine Award for Public Interest, the first time that a woman’s magazine ever received the honor. Leo later became Editorial Director of The New York Times Women’s Magazine Group, where she launched Fitness magazine, and a variety of special interest publications.
From 2001 through November 2007, Leo was Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest, the largest paid circulation magazine in the U.S., with a readership of 38 million. She was responsible for converting the magazine from reprints to original content, and introducing contemporary graphics, columns and features in the magazine. Leo produced a half-hour documentary abut the life of Alex Haley, a former contributor to Reader's Digest, as a companion to the book, Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots.
Awards and honors
Leo has won a number of awards, and has served in leadership positions with media organizations. She is a former President of the American Society of Magazine Editors and a three-time nominee for a National Magazine Award. She is also the recipient of the Breakthrough Award, and a Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, an organization for which she also served as President. Leo also served on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences for ten years. She is listed in Who’s Who in America.
Leo is married to columnist and author John Leo, a senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute. Her daughter, Alex Leo, is the comedy editor at the Huffington Post. Leo was born in Brooklyn and attended the City University of New York.