Freelance Journalist Focus: Leah Greengarten

Freelance journalist Leah Greengarten covers travel, design, style, environment and entertainment. Her work has appeared in The New York Times as well as the Sunday Times.

This week we caught up with Leah to discuss her work, who she’d like to interview, and what she’d do if she wasn’t a journalist.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
I write about travel, design and style, environment and entertainment.

Where are we likely to see your work?
The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and the Sunday Times Travel magazine and a few Australian magazines.

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
During Paris Fashion Week when I had my first article published in the International Herald Tribune opposite a Suzy Menkes. Also when I was interning at the Sunday Times Travel magazine and I had a five page feature published.

What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
I’d love to interview Barack Obama.

About you and PRs:

Where do you source ideas for articles?
They come to me before I go to bed, when everything I’ve seen, read or heard has time to marinate.

How can PRs be useful to you?
I read every press release I get sent so by sending me these it keeps me in the loop.

How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Email is the best way to get in contact with me.

Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
I find them really useful. Sometimes it can be lonely freelancing so it’s great meeting like-minded people and discuss what’s happening in the industry.

If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
By maintaining strong relationships from wherever people are working is really helpful.

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I think I’d like to be a teacher of some sorts, but I don’t spend much time thinking about this.

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
I’d be really indulgent and get myself a push bike and deck it out with pretty things.

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Do what your good at and keep doing it until you get bored.

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Magazines – Inside Out (Design magazine), British Vogue, News Week
Blogs –,,
Books – I’m looking for my next good book! I’ll read anything from the back of a cereal pack to a Truman Capote.
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