NEW YORK CITY - New Hartford native Libby Leist is the first female executive producer for the 7:00-9:00 a.m. time slot in the Today Show's 66-year history. She got the job in January, but she's not exactly new there - having worked as a senior producer for Today for the last five years. Overall she is a 17-year veteran of NBC News.
Leist attended the New Hartford Central School District through the ninth grade. Her family still lives in town, and her parents, Connie and Alan Leist, are beyond proud of their daughter. She says she regularly comes back to town to visit her family. They tell us she’s been interested in news since she could read.
“She got an internship working at WKTV with Shell Storier. Shell Storier then said to her, ‘I like the way you work – let me see if I can get you a couple of interviews after your graduate,’” said Alan Leist, Libby’s father.
Leist recently sat down with NewsChannel 2's Kristen Copeland via satellite to discuss her new job and her Central New York roots. Click on the video player to watch the complete interview.