Bruce Leshan joined WUSA9 as a general assignment reporter in July 1995. Bruce has spent nearly a decade covering some of the biggest stories in Washington. He was one of the first reporters on the scene on the first harrowing day of the "serial sniper" killings.
He covered the disputed 2000 election from Al Gore's home state of Tennessee. And on September 11, 2001, he delivered breaking news from a building overlooking the White House while smoke from the Pentagon billowed over the National Mall.
Bruce covers everything from breaking news to the latest technological breakthrough or an ongoing murder trial. He's won four local Emmys, including one for the story of a southern Maryland prosecutor who stood accused of gang rape as a teenager.
In 1993, he won an Emmy for a story about a paraplegic woman who was raped in her hospital room. In 1992, he received a Hard News Emmy for a report on a relief mission to a children's hospital in the Russian Far East. And he garnered a Spot News Emmy for his coverage of the near-fatal public housing complex shooting of a Baltimore Police Officer.
He has also won four Chesapeake Associated Press Awards for both spot news and features, along with five Society of Professional Journalists awards for breaking news, reporting, and human interest, and a National Association of Black Journalists Award for a story highlighting "Mr. Mack", a boxing coach who spent decades training young men in East Baltimore.
Prior to coming to WUSA9, Bruce was a reporter for WBFF-TV in Baltimore, Maryland where he covered politics, City Hall, the environment and special projects. Bruce worked for WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio, from 1988 to 1991, where his beat primarily focused on politics. One of his proudest career moments told the moving story a five-year-old AIDS victim. From 1984 to 1988, he worked for KCRL-TV in Reno, Nevada.
Bruce began his broadcast journalism career as an investigative intern at WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he did much of the work for a 1984 expose of Cook County Hospital, which won an Illinois Associated Press Award for investigative journalism. He also worked as a Washington, DC, correspondent for WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin.
Bruce has reported from locations around the world: from Normandy for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, to the former border of East and West Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to Frankfurt when our troops returned from the first Persian Gulf War.
Bruce earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Politics and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Additionally, he has a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.