Deputy Editor

Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard is a deputy editor with Civil Beat.

He joined the newsroom after more than a decade working in upstate New York and in Nashville. As the Investigations and Special Projects Editor for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Matthew supervised investigations into policing and justice, racial and health disparities and social and environmental justice issues across New York state. He was heavily involved in overhauling the organization’s coverage of public safety issues to be more equitable and inclusive.

Born in Sydney, Matthew worked for Australia’s national broadcaster and for several Indigenous media and cultural organizations, including in remote homeland communities. He spent five years at Radio New Zealand where he was able to pursue his interest in the cultures of the Pacific. A major project completed during his time in Aotearoa/New Zealand documented the last remnants of old growth forests and their cultural and ecological significance

Matthew originally studied music composition and performance before making his way into public broadcasting, and continues to have a strong interest in music, sound design and audio production. He is a keen ocean swimmer, amateur musician and cooks a mean chili. 

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Police In Hawaii Killed 2 People Last Year. Is It A Sign Of A Downward Trend? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Police In Hawaii Killed 2 People Last Year. Is It A Sign Of A Downward Trend?

Data that captures trends in police killings over the past five decades shows a steep decline across the U.S., even while the 2022 national total shows little change in their frequency.