Email: sleavenworth@mcclatchydc.com


McClatchy DC Bureau                       Jan. 2017 – Current

National correspondent. I primarily cover climate change, energy, infrastructure, public lands and other stories of interest to our readers in the western United States.

Freelance reporter, Beijing              Jan. 2016 – Oct. 2016

Covered stories in China and Korea for National Geographic, The New York Times, the Guardian, Christian Science Monitor and other outlets.

McClatchy Newspapers                     Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2015

Beijing bureau chief. Coverage of stories rarely told about the world’s most populous country and its society, government, economy and environment. Took photographs and produced video. Filed stories from several countries and territories near China, including Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Taiwan.

The Sacramento Bee, CA           Sept. 2009 – Nov. 2013

Editorial page editor. Oversaw The Bee’s editorial board and supervised a staff of five people to write, edit and design our daily opinion pages, our six-page California Forum section on Sunday and our website, blog and social media. Reported directly to the newspaper’s publisher.

Oliveto restaurant             April – Sept. 2009

Chef apprentice. Took a six-month leave to work as an intern in this kitchen of this highly rated restaurant in the Bay Area. I chronicled my kitchen adventures in blogs for KQED and The Bee (“The Chef Apprentice”).

The Sacramento Bee, CA              Nov. 2004 – August 2009

Associate Editor and columnist. Focused on the governor’s office, the Legislature and environment. Commentator on Capitol Public Radio.

The Sacramento Bee            August 1999 – Nov. 2004

Natural resources reporter. Responsible for coverage of western water issues, forestry, wildfires and public lands.

The News & Observer, Raleigh NC       May 1992 – July 1999

Editor and reporter. From 1998 to mid-1999, edited the paper’s six specialty reporters and a team that covered regional development. Prior to 1998, served as environmental reporter. 

The Macon Telegraph, GA      April 1988 – May 1992

Military affairs reporter, then became the paper’s environmental reporter in 1990.

The Shreveport Journal, LA               Jan. 1987 – April 1988

Assistant editorial page editor and editorial writer for family owned daily.

Asahi Evening News, Tokyo, Japan             Jan. 1984 – April 1985

Copy editor and film critic for English-language version of Asahi Shimbun.


Columbia University, M.S., Journalism (Honors)                         June 1986

University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., Politics (Honors)       June 1983


2004: American Society of Civil Engineers, Excellence in Reporting, for “Rising Risk.”

2003: National Press Foundation, Thomas Stokes Award for energy writing; Assn. of Capitol Reporters and Editors; other awards for “Liquid Assets” with Dale Kasler.

2003: Wallace Stegner Award, Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, for sustained coverage of natural resources. (To the Sacramento Bee staff.)

2001: Best of the West; McClatchy President’s Award; American Planning Association Award and others for “Grappling with Growth.”

1998: North Carolina Press Association, 1st, News Enterprise for “Driving Forces.”

1997, 1996 and 1995: Various NCPA awards for “Fishing for Trouble,” “Sold Down the River” and other series.


2017: East-West Center Korea exchange

2009: Poynter Institute Leadership Academy

1999, 2001: Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources

1990: American Society for the Advancement of Science