David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times


David Leonhardt is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times. Prior to joining the Opinion department, Mr. Leonhardt was the founding editor of The Upshot section, which emphasizes data visualization and graphics to offer an analytical approach to the day's news. Mr. Leonhardt has also served as Washington bureau chief and wrote “Economic Scene,” a weekly economics column, for the Business section. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his columns.

In 2013, he wrote "Here's the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth," an e-book co-published by Byliner and The Times.

Mr. Leonhardt has also worked as a staff writer and contributor for The New York Times Magazine and the Economix blog. In 2005, he was one of the reporters who produced “Class Matters,” the paper’s series on social class in the United States. In 2004, he founded an analytical sports column called “Keeping Score.”

Before joining The Times in 1999, he worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post.

Mr. Leonhardt won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing in 2009 for a Times Magazine article, “Obamanomics.” He was part of a team of Times reporters whose coverage of corporate scandals was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.

Born in New York in 1973, Mr. Leonhardt studied applied mathematics at Yale. He is a third-generation native of New York.