Hometown: Reading, PA
Birthday: June 14, 1987
Bio Leann grew up in Reading, PA, and graduated in 2009 from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA and majored in Communication and English. After college, in the worst job market since the Great Depression, she found herself as the editor at a daily-paper-turned-weekly newspaper in Phoenixville, PA. There, she covered everything from municipal news, business news, business and community features, social news and everything in between.
Hyperlocal journalism has been a way of life for Leann since starting college, covering the local news of Cedar Crest College and then the local news of Phoenixville and Spring-Ford School Districts. Transitioning to Patch was a logical step as newspaper begin to fade in communities and the amount of on the ground community journalism they are able to provide.
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Registered democrat so that I vote in the primaries. However, I spend a lot of time researching political candidates before an election and never vote straight party, unless its what I believe is for the benefit of the community and the nation.
I do believe there is a larger being at work and everything happens for a reason. Is it a god – I don’t know and I’m not committing to nor denying that here.
Local Hot-Button Issues
Education and the growing business community and the local government are of great interest to me, as I am sure of interest and importance to the local community. I hope to be able to report on the issues of the community that are underreported and important to readers.