Leslie Hoffecker

New senior editor, Leslie Hoffecker
Senior Editor

Leslie Hoffecker made a long affiliation with the News Literacy Project formal in January 2016, when she joined the staff as senior editor. She had been volunteering as an editor with NLP since its founding in 2008.

She began her newspaper career as an editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and has also worked at the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau, Congressional Quarterly and Bloomberg News. At the Inquirer she was a member of the writing and editing team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Local General or Spot News Reporting for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and she was cited internally by the Inquirer for her editing work on two other Pulitzer winners. 

When her husband’s job took the family to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the 1990s, she became a stringer for The Associated Press and was the English-language writer/editor at the Saudi Arabian Field Epidemiology Training Program, a joint project of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health.

Leslie is a graduate of Vassar College, where she majored in political science.

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