Tamara Leitner joined CBS 2 News in April 2013 as an investigative reporter. Leitner has traveled the world uncovering corruption and scandal, giving a voice to those who have been silenced.
Leitner came to New York from KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona where she was a reporter since 2002. While in Arizona, Leitner received national acclaim with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for her investigative series “Toxic Secrets.” The investigation began with a simple confession by a veteran, who claimed he and other soldiers buried Agent Orange on a United State Military base in South Korea in 1978. The series of reports launched an international, multi-million dollar investigation by the U.S. Military as well as the South Korean government.
While working at KPHO-TV, Leitner has seen the frontlines of deadly wildfires, fierce tornadoes and was inside the border battle with Mexican drug cartels. She has hosted multiple investigative special reports from the Arizona/Mexico border.
Her investigative work has been honored with numerous awards including the Edward R. Murrow and the SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Investigative Journalism Award. Leitner has received 10-Emmy Awards for her reporting on such prominent stories as “Driving on Methadone,” which led to changes in Arizona state law and “Assault on Arizona,” which focused on crime and illegal immigration issues at the Arizona-Mexico border.
Prior to her TV Journalism career, Leitner worked as a print reporter for newspapers in New York and Arizona.
A native of San Diego, Leitner completed her undergraduate work at UCLA and received a Master’s Degree in Print Journalism from Boston University.
Outside of the newsroom, Leitner competes in triathlons and recently completed Ironman Arizona.