Leitner will join NBC News in early June, arriving from WMAQ-TV, NBC’s Chicago affiliate, where she was an investigative reporter. Leitner previously worked for WCBS-TV in New York, and spent 11 years at KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, where she earned Peabody and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her investigative work on a series about American soldiers who buried Agent Orange on a U.S. military base in South Korea. The San Diego native and UCLA grad was also a contestant on the fourth season of the CBS reality series Survivor, which aired in 2002.
Formerly a Middle East reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Matt Bradley will join NBC News as a London-based correspondent starting in early June. The Duke grad has also served as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The National, where he covered political and military stories across Egypt.
Kafanov will also join NBC News as a London-based correspondent. For the past four years, she has worked as a freelance journalist reporting from the Middle East for the Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, Vice News, Al Jazeera, Vocativ and USA Today. She has reported on the plight of migrants in the refugee crisis and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Before moving abroad, the George Washington grad covered Capitol Hill as a print reporter and a producer for PBS NewsHour.
Leitner, Bradley and Kafanov will be reporting across the platforms of both NBC News and MSNBC in the near future.