About Me

Where it All Began

The youngest of three kids, I grew up in a small community in North Jefferson County about 30 miles north of Birmingham called Corner. Most people have never heard of it, but if you have, we can be immediate friends.

After high school, I attended Wallace State Community College for two years and had planned to transfer to Auburn. When UAB offered me almost a full ride, I couldn’t turn it down, and completed my final two years there and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism (and a minor in history).

A month later, 9/11 happened and with the instability in our country and just a sense of fear of the unknown, I couldn’t bring myself to move to a small town alone and try to make it in sports broadcasting.

It turned out that journalism, (just without the broadcasting), was where it was at for me. While at UAB, I wrote for the student newspaper covering sports. During this time,  I was also working at The Birmingham Post-Herald where I worked in the features department, but also got to cover sports including the Birmingham Bulls hockey team, Atlanta Braves spring training and even got to fill in for Paul Finebaum’s column once.

I began working at The Birmingham News as the Assistant to the Sports Editor in 2001.(A job that I had two additional times between then and 2015.)  I did have two other careers over the next eight years, one as a pharmacy technician and one as a paralegal, but continued my freelancing with The News.

My Family

Todd and I met in 2000 while both working at NBC-13 in Birmingham. We got married in 2004. Six months later, we adopted our dog, Rocco.  We bought our first (and only) house in Chelsea, AL in 2005. Carson made us parents for the first time in 2008 and I stopped working full-time. We thought we were one and done, lots of stuff happened, then Morgan came along in March 2014.

He still works as a photojournalist (camera man) at NBC-13. Carson is in third grade and Morgan is in 3K preschool.

Most days we are shuffling kids, ships passing in the night just trying to get everything done. When we do have family time, we enjoy outdoor activities, going to movies and eating at some of the great restaurants Birmingham has to offer.

Current Positions

I have been passionate about writing since college and am lucky to be able to meet lots of people and tell their stories.

 

I was fortunate to join Starnes Publishing in April 2015 as a freelance journalist. Of their seven publications, I do most of my writing for 280 Living, but also write for Vestavia Voice, Homewood Star, Hoover Sun, Village Living and Cahaba Sun. The majority of my stories are on business openings, profiles on those making an impact in their community and event previews. I also compile/edit calendars for five of the papers. {Click on the MY WORK} for links to my articles.

I became a contributor for the Birmingham Moms Blog in October 2017. I get to write monthly articles for their site about parenting, family, work/life balance and all kinds of topics.

 

In January 2018, I began writing for the Chelsea Central Podcast. I love getting to write several articles each month focusing on the community where I live. Check out my guest appearance on the podcast here, where I discussed life hacks for busy moms and a whole lot more!

 

In March 2018, I was hired as the Communications Manager for Vertical Solutions Media. In this position, I do mostly writing, editing and PR.

I am open to accepting more freelance work, so if I can help with writing, editing, blogging, social media management, (organizing and more) please visit the Contact page, or email me at leah@leaheagle.com.