Leigh Ann Carey
Politics and Culture Writer
I'm gay enough but definitely not electable.
How people make meaning in their lives is a longtime fascination of mine. Writing features and analysis pieces on culture, politics, identities, and religious beliefs is a fun and natural way to dig deeper. The first reported piece I published was for the Capitol Hill Times, a Seattle neighborhood publication, examining the impact of metro funding cuts on disabled transit riders.
Before running headlong into the burning building that is The Media, I led online strategy efforts for campaigns around the country through Brave Creations, along with a smattering of media and writing gigs for philanthropic and social change organizations including the Endometriosis Foundation of America and the Northwest Adoption Exchange. In my first job, I served on the staff of a member of Congress -- then the only Peanut Farmer in Congress -- while living and working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
I completed a MALS in religious studies from Georgetown University writing my thesis on interfaith political advocacy at the state legislative level later earning a certificate in strategic communications from the University of Washington. I hold a BA in Political Science from Campbell University in Buies Creek. Go Hoyas, Huskies, and Camels!
For funsies, I'm a rookie rugby player with the Eno River Rugby Club in Durham, the oldest women's rugby club in North Carolina. My wife and I live in Cary with our shelter pup Theodora, named for the Byzantine Empress, not Theodosia from Hamilton as we are often asked.
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