• Visiting Fellow, Tsinghua University
  • Contributing writer, The New York Times
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia Journalism School and New York University
  • B.A. University of Michigan
  • M.B.A. Columbia University

Research Interests

Business journalism and the relationship between business and government policy, campaign finance issues in politics and business regulation.


Professor Leslie Wayne teaches Business News Writing and Editing in the Global Business Journalism Program. She also teaches Business and Economic Journalism, Business and the Future of Journalism, Narrative Business Writing.


Professor Leslie Wayne is an award-winning former business reporter at The New York Times. Ms. Wayne joined The Times in 1981 and has covered Wall Street, banking industry regulatory reform, municipal finance scandals and, most recently, the aerospace and military industries. Ms. Wayne has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economic Journalism.

In 2010, Ms. Wayne was selected as the inaugural Donald W. Reynolds visiting professor in Business Journalism at Arizona State University and is on the adjunct faculty at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute.

Ms. Wayne has also specialized in the intersection of business and politics and has reported from The Times’ Washington bureau on lobbying and money-and-politics. She has been on The Times’ campaign finance team in every election since 1996, covering campaign money-raising and looking into the finances of the Presidential candidates.

She is the winner of the “Best of Bagehot” award and was named four times as a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. She had previously worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Wayne is an honors graduate of The University of Michigan and got her start in journalism working on The Michigan Daily, the campus newspaper. Ms. Wayne has appeared in numerous Times’ videos, podcasts and has also written for The Times’ Caucus political blog. She is a frequent speaker at American universities and schools abroad.