David Leonhardt writes "Economic Scene," a weekly economics column, for The New York Times business section, looking at both the broad American economy and the economics of everyday life. Many of his recent columns have focused on the economic downturn, the budget deficit or health care.
Mr. Leonhardt is also a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and founded the Times's Economix blog. He has also conceived and helped create two of The Times's most popular interactive features, the budget-deficit calculators and rent-vs.-buy housing calculator. In 2005, Mr. Leonhardt was one of the reporters who produced "Class Matters," The Times's series on social class in the United States. In 2004, he founded an analytical sports column, "Keeping Score."
Before joining The Times in 1999, he worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post.
Mr. Leonhardt won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing in 2009 for a Times Magazine article, "Obamanomics." He was a winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Journalism Contest for his Times column in 2009 and 2007. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for his economic columns. In 2003, he was part of a team of Times reporters whose coverage of corporate scandals was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 1998, he won a Peter Lisagor Award, from the Chicago Headline Club, for a Business Week story on problems at McDonald's.
Born in New York on Jan. 1, 1973, Mr. Leonhardt studied applied mathematics at Yale. He is a third-generation native of New York.