David Leonhardt Bio, Age, Family, Wife, School, Salary, Net Worth, New York Times

David Leonhardt the New York Times journalist

David Leonhardt Biography

David Leonhardt is an American journalist and columnist. He writes The New York Times’ daily “The Morning” newsletter since the beginning of April 30, 2020. He also writes to the paper’s Sunday Review section. He used to write a weekly column for The New York Times. He formerly produced the daily e-mail newsletter for the publication, which bore his name.


How old is David Leonhardt? – Age

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

Where did David Leonhardt go to school? – Education

Leonhardt graduated from Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York, in 1990, and then went on to Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics in 1994. Leonhardt was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News while at Yale.

David Leonhardt – Family

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

David Leonhardt Wife

He is happily married to his lovely and wonderful wife, Laura Leonhardt. David has however not revealed more information concerning her. He has not yet mentioned his children.

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

What is Leonhardt’s Salary?

His salary is estimated to be $79,735 annually.

David Leonhardt Net Worth

Leonhardt’s net worth is $828,345.

David Leonhardt Career

In 1998, he won a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in the Business Journalism category from the Chicago Headline Club for a Business Week story he wrote about problems at McDonald’s. Leonhardt has been writing about economics for the Times since 2000. In 2004, he founded an analytical sports column, “Keeping Score,” which ran on Sundays. He was one of the writers who produced the paper’s 2005 series on social class in the United States. His economics column, “Economic Scene,” appeared on Wednesdays from 2006 until 2011.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In 2003, he was part of a team of Times reporters whose coverage of corporate scandals was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing in 2009 for a New York Times Magazine article, “Obamanomics.” He was a winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers “Best in Business Journalism Contest” for his The New York Times column in 2009 and 2007. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his economic columns. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. On July 22, 2011, Leonhardt was appointed as chief of the Washington bureau of the Times. He began that editorial role on September 6, 2011. After this announcement, he published what he referred to as his final Economic Scene column, “Lessons from the Malaise,” on July 26, 2011. However, after he began his editing assignment, Leonhardt continued to publish analyses of economic news. On November 20, 2013, it was announced that Leonhardt would step down as Washington Bureau Chief to become Managing Editor of a new Times “venture,” later given the name “The Upshot,” “which will be at the nexus of data and news and will produce clear analytical reporting and writing on opinion polls, economic indicators, politics, policy, education, and sports”. The Upshot was created to fill the void of Nate Silver’s departure from The New York Times.                                                                                                                                                  In early 2016, it was announced that Leonhardt would be the head of an internal strategy group at the Times. In announcing the group, Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the Times, wrote, “We need to develop a strategic plan for what The New York Times should be, and determine how to apply our timeless values to a new age.” On January 17, 2017, Baquet released a report from the 2020 group with its recommendations. “The members of the 2020 group have emerged from this process both optimistic and anxious. “We are optimistic, deeply so, because The Times is better positioned than any other media organization to deliver the coverage that millions of people are seeking,” the report read. “But we must not fall prey to wishful thinking and believe that such an outcome is inevitable. It is not. We also face real challenges — journalism challenges and business challenges.”

Leonhardt’s Books

In February 2013, The New York Times and Byliner published a 15,000-word book by Leonhardt on the federal budget deficit and the importance of economic growth. The book is part of a new series of short e-books from the newspaper and Byliner. Matthew Yglesias, of Slate, wrote in a review of Here’s the Deal: “if you’re not a member of Congress and just want to understand the budgetary landscape on the merits, this is a great place to start”. Ezra Klein, of The Washington Post, called the book “one of the calmest, clearest looks you’ll find at the deficit — both what it is and how to fix it.” He was interviewed on The Colbert Report on January 6, 2009, about the gold standard. He was interviewed again on The Colbert Report on February 14, 2013, to speak about his new e-book.


  • 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, for commentary.
  • 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, as a columnist.
  • Gerald Loeb Award for Magazines 2009 
  • From the 1998 Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, from the Chicago Headline Club.