Leah McGrath Goodman
Senior Writer, Finance Editor at Newsweek Magazine
Writing and Editing
Institutional Investor/Alpha Magazine
University of Colorado at Boulder 2010-2011,
Dow Jones & Co./The Wall Street Journal
Saint Bonaventure University
BAs, Journalism and Political Science; minors in Spanish, Fine Art
OTHER MEDIA POSTS (between 1994 and 1998): Bloomberg News; The New York Real
Estate Journal; The New England Real Estate Journal; the New York State
Legislature; the Massachusetts State Legislatures Criminal Justice
Committee. Also freelanced for a number of radio stations in New York, including
National Public Radio.
An award-winning investigative journalist, author and speaker, Leah McGrath
Goodman is senior writer and finance editor for Newsweek magazine. She has
written for Forbes, Bloomberg, Marie Claire, Condé Nast, The Wall
Street Journal, Barron's, The Financial Times, Institutional Investor,
CNN/Fortune and The Guardian.
Born in Boston, she started at Dow Jones & Co. in 1998 after being recruited
from university by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. She was trained in Princeton
by editors of The Wall Street Journal.
She wrote for a decade in New York, Dubai and London as a general assignment
reporter, senior writer, editor and special correspondent (in roughly that
order). In 2006, she left Dow Jones as its youngest special writer and began
writing as a freelance journalist.
In 2008, she signed her first publishing deal. "The Asylum: The Renegades
Who Hijacked The World's Oil Market," released by HarperCollins in 2011,
was called a riveting tale of greed gone mad by Bloomberg
Businessweek and twice as crazy and outlandish as any plot that Hollywood
could concoct by Fortune.
The book was nominated for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Book of
the Year Award.
From 2010 to 2011, Goodman was a visiting faculty member and fellow at the
Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In 2011, while working on her second book in the Channel Islands (UK), she
was detained at London's Heathrow Airport for more than 12 hours and thrown
out of the country after disclosing to authorities her research into human-rights
violations and crimes against children on the island of Jersey.
In 2012, Goodman was officially banned from the UK -- and Jersey -- the first
time this had happened to a journalist in the UK in at least a decade.
In 2013, her UK visa was restored following international media coverage,
a Change.org campaign and the formal endorsement of her work by UK Parliament.
That year, she joined Newsweek.