Best News Anchor Orange County 2009 - Eric Leonard
Readers' Choice: Christine Devine
Arguably the best radio reporter in Southern California history, KFI-FM's Eric Leonard time and again scoops his rival journalists in radio, television, print and online. When it comes to law-enforcement and court coverage, nobody has developed better sources. Too often reporters trade their integrity to maintain those contacts, but not Leonard. He's consistently candid with his listeners and isn't afraid to call bullshit. At the core of his success is his work ethic—he loves to dig into stories, and it shows. During the corruption trial of former Orange County sheriff Mike Carona earlier this year, for example, Leonard obtained witness lists and trial strategies for both sides before anyone else in the media. He has even shared his scoops on the pages of our sister paper, LA Weekly.