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Meggin Leigh

Meggin Leigh was raised in the United States, where she studied journalism, British Literature, and French at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she decided to put her journalism aspirations on hold and instead took off to explore the vast world outside of the United States. Meggin became a member of the United States Peace Corps and went on a mission which took her to Mali, West Africa for three years. There she lived and worked in a small rural village on a number of humanitarian projects, mainly focussed in the health sector. Capitalising on the opportunities of cultural exchange in Mali, and being part Lebanese herself, Meggin also became actively involved in the relatively large Lebanese community which resides in Mali’s capital, Bamako. When her contract with Peace Corps came to an end, Meggin wanted to continue riding on the international wave, so she moved to Germany to pursue a career in journalism, while learning German at the same time.

After a period of working as a freelance journalist and teacher, she joined the DW Radio team in Cologne in 2000, where she worked as a news writer and presenter for the English Program. Meggin’s work for radio also took her out in the field, where she found herself on several occasions in remote locations, rubbing elbows with some of the world’s most powerful decision-makers, such as US President George W. Bush, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell and even German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. In December of 2005, Meggin joined the television news team of DW in Berlin as an anchor of the English news program "Journal." When it’s not "lights, camera, and action," Meggin is behind the scenes, working as a producer of the various DW magazine shows. Fluent in two foreign languages, Meggin enjoys travel. She also likes to spend time at home with her Persian cat, Miles.