Ben Leubsdorf is quite the budding reporter.
We know this for a variety of reasons. One of which is that USA Today‘s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page gave young Leubsdorf (hmmm…could there be a familial relation here?) praise on national TV for an award he received last week from the New Hampshire Press Association. He won for “Best General News Story” among daily newspapers. Leubsdorf covers City Hall for the Concord Monitor.
And just who is Ben Leubsdorf? “He could be a relation,” Page said wryly with a giant smile during the “Shameless Plugs” feature of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this week.
We called Leubsdorf, 26, in New Hampshire. He was initially sheepish about talking to us. “I can confirm she is my mother,” Ben told FishbowlDC this afternoon. “I’m not sure I want to say anything.” His father is Carl Leubsdorf — his son explained he was Washington Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News for “an insane number of years.”
We began with a softball question to calm his nerves and asked about his award-winning piece. The story was about a stretch of road called Death Alley that runs through the three towns of Hopkinton, Henniker and Hillsboro. The story ran on Aug. 1, 201o and involved analyzing accidents and statistics. “I didn’t really think about it,” he said on whether the story would earn him an accolade.
This is Leubsdorf’s second job out of college. The Brown graduate went to work as an editorial assisstant for the AP in Detroit right out of school and moved to Concord in early 2010.
What’s it like having two journalists for parents? “It was a pretty good argument against becoming a journalist,” he deadpanned. “They were pretty neutral on it.” Young Leubsdorf clearly got the gene passed down. “It’s more fun than working,” he said, sounding like a true journalist.
Just before hanging up he had dread in his voice: “Now I have to go tell my editor I’ve done this and make sure I’m not going to get fired.” Asked if we could expect him in Washington one of these days, he said, “I doubt it.”