Lesley joined IBJ in 2015 as managing editor after more than 20 years covering politics and government. She was promoted to editor in January 2021 and oversees a staff of 18 reporters, editors, designers and researchers.

Lesley came to IBJ from Franklin College, where she oversaw a Statehouse reporting bureau staffed by students and created and edited TheStatehouseFile.com. She also spent 11 years at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, covering the Indiana Statehouse, and seven years at The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, first covering local government and then the Statehouse. She covered five governors, more than two dozen legislative sessions and special sessions, and countless political campaigns.

In addition to writing, Lesley enjoys shooting photos and editing video and sound and likes to think of herself as a little crafty, especially when it comes to reupholstering a chair. She lives in the Garfield Park area of Indianapolis with her handy husband, Jeff, and her cats Simba and Twitch.


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