John Leisher

88leisher1 John LeisherJohn has been a news director, anchor, reporter, producer and writer.  But what he likes most is to talk to WCBS listeners about the latest developments in the news.

He started doing that in 2001.  Earlier his career took him to CBS Radio affiliates in Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon.

While at WINZ, in Miami, John reported for the CBS Radio Network on Hurricane David, Eastern Airlines’ fight for survival, and the desperate attempt of Cubans and Haitians to flee their homelands for freedom and prosperity in America.

John got a first-hand look at the crushing poverty in Haiti, while covering a series of meetings there between Florida officials and dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier.

John moved to KFWB in Los Angeles, in 1984, just in time to cover that summer’s Olympics.  John also covered the Rodney King police brutality case and the resulting riots, the Northridge earthquake and the O.J. Simpson case.

John had been an anchor with WCBS for less than a year when he found himself covering the biggest story of his career, the September 11th terrorist attacks.

It was a challenge because of the overwhelming impact of the attacks, the constantly changing facts and the need to be compassionate as well as informative.

John has won numerous awards, including two Edward R. Murrow awards for spot news coverage.  But he feels most honored by the people who take the time to let him know they’re regular listeners and that they count on him to keep them informed.