Jacqueline Leo is Director of Digital Operations at the Peterson Digital Group and Editor in Chief of The Fiscal Times
The Fiscal Times is an English-language digital news, news analysis and opinion publication based in New York, NY and Washington, D.C., founded and initially funded in 2010 by Peter G. Peterson, founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation...
, a news website launched in February 2010. She is also Senior Advisor for Business Development at iAmplify.com http://www.iamplify.com/
, a Web-based content source and syndication network. Ms. 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)
Better Homes and Gardens is the fourth best selling magazine in the United States. The editor in Chief is Gayle Butler. Better Homes and Gardens focuses on interests regarding homes, cooking, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating, and entertaining. The magazine is published 12 times per...
and Ladies' Home Journal
Ladies' Home Journal is an American magazine which first appeared on February 16, 1883, and eventually became one of the leading women's magazines of the 20th century in the United States...
; she was Senior Producer and Editorial Director for ABC News’ Good Morning America
Good Morning America is an American morning news and talk show that is broadcast on the ABC television network; it debuted on November 3, 1975. The weekday program airs for two hours; a third hour aired between 2007 and 2008 exclusively on ABC News Now...
; she served as Editorial Director for Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports is an American magazine published monthly by Consumers Union since 1936. It publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory. It also publishes cleaning and general buying guides...
magazine and all of their varied media products.
After spending years in the magazine and newspaper business, Ms. Leo founded and launched Child (magazine)
Child is a discontinued American parenting magazine founded by Jackie Leo and MaryAnn Sommers in 1986 and published through 2007. It was originally backed by Italian publishers, then sold to The New York Times Magazine Group which published it until 1995 along with its other women’s magazines,...
in 1986. A year later, The New York Times Magazine Group acquired the magazine and 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. She 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, Ms. Leo was Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest
Reader's Digest is a general interest family magazine, published ten times annually. Formerly based in Chappaqua, New York, its headquarters is now in New York City. It was founded in 1922, by DeWitt Wallace and Lila Bell Wallace...
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 about 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.
Leo's latest book, Seven: The Number for Happiness, Love, and Success was published in December, 2009, by Jonathan Karp, editor and publisher of 12 Books, a Hachette company.
Awards and honors
Jacqueline 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 also received the Breakthrough Award and the Matrix Award, the latter from New York Women in Communications, an organization for which she also served as President. Ms. Leo was an active member of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences for ten years. She is listed in Who’s Who in America. Most recently, she was named to Media Industry Newsletter's Editorial Hall of Fame in November, 2009.
Jacqueline Leo is married to columnist and author John Leo
John Leo is a writer and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He edits , the Institute's web site on America's universities, and is a contributing editor of City Journal. He is also a Visitor of Ralston College, a start-up liberal arts college in Savannah.From 1988 to 2006 his weekly column...
, a senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute. Her daughter, Alex Leo, is a senior editor at The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is an American news website and content-aggregating blog founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti, featuring liberal minded columnists and various news sources. The site offers coverage of politics, theology, media, business, entertainment, living, style,...
. Ms. Leo was born in Brooklyn and attended the City University of New York.