Vivien Leigh is a reporter at NEWS CENTER Maine in Portland. Besides covering all topics of news, Leigh specializes in reporting on medical issues such as rare illnesses, Lyme disease and developmental disabilities.
Some of Leigh’s reporting has garnered several awards including a regional Edward R. Murrow award in 2016 for a story on a car salesman who helped authorities track down a victim of child porn in Canada. She has also received four New England Emmy nominations for a series of stories on how medical marijuana is helping sick children in Maine.
Leigh joined the NEWS CENTER Maine in 2002. Previously she worked as a reporter and bureau chief at KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Missouri. Before that, she was a general assignment reporter at KABB-TV the FOX affiliate in San Antonio, Texas. Leigh also worked as a reporter and bureau chief at KRGV-TV, the ABC affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
While in Missouri and Texas, Leigh received many awards for her reporting on breaking news, including a St. Louis Regional Emmy, Best of Gannett and Associated Press ‘Best Spot News’ award.
Leigh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, Television, and Film and attended college in Texas, Mexico and Germany. She also speaks conversational Spanish and German.
Leigh has three school-age children, including a son who has Autism. She volunteers with Central Maine Adaptive Sports, located at Lost Valley Ski Resort in Auburn. She helps teach kids with developmental disabilities how to ski. Leigh also volunteers with the Robbie Foundation which raises money to help pay for therapy treatments, adaptive equipment and other services that are not covered by insurance for children and young adults with developmental disabilities.