Mike Leonard is best known for his general interest column in Bloomington’s Herald-Times daily newspaper. In a career spanning nearly 35 years at the paper, he has covered numerous beats, including arts and entertainment and, most recently, Indiana University and higher education.
Mike has been president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and remains a board member of that group. He’s also served on the executive board of the Council of National Journalism Organizations and enjoyed a fellowship in Japan sponsored by the International Center for Journalists. He’s won numerous awards, but he’s most proud of receiving the School Bell Award for outstanding education reporting from the Indiana State Teachers Association, and his inclusion in the compendium, The Best of The Rest: Non-Syndicated Newspaper Columnists Select Their Best Work (Greenwood Publishing Group), edited by Sam G. Riley.
A native Hoosier, Mike has written for a variety of publications including Rolling Stone and the Indiana Alumni magazine, and for CNN online. He also has taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Indiana University School of Journalism and Department of Telecommunications. He is an honors graduate of Ball State University where he earned majors in English and Journalism.
Mike will officially start on Monday, August 12.