AN INTREPID REPORTER IN RURAL AMERICA
My work showcases the lives of those living in rural America, and how the political and environmental world affects them.
LOCAL AND REGIONAL REPORTING
Stories from a remote island and beyond
I've cover stories about small communities throughout Alaska and Appalachia.
These stories depict the vibrancy of living in a truly isolated and unique place in America.
My regional reporting for Alaska Public Media highlights how state and national issues impact rural Alaska.
June Leffler is currently the Appalachia Health News correspondent for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. She covers all things health in West Virginia, a state that consistently falls to the bottom on most health indices. She has covered issues such as black lung, HIV, addiction and other preventable diseases.
June spent three years as a public radio reporter in rural Alaska. She ran a one-woman newsroom at KSTK in Wrangell, Alaska, while also contributing to Alaska Public Media and stations throughout Southeast Alaska. She has won excellence in journalism awards from the Alaska Broadcasting Association and the Alaska Press Club.
Before moving to Alaska, June interned at the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.
June grew up making DIY zines after finding a stash of her mom's publications in the basement. She's spent her whole adolescence and early adult life making zines. The Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded her two grants to produce the Louisville based youth arts zine, Goodwilll Zine, which ran from 2009 to 2012.
June is from Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Louisville and then received a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
She is currently based in Charleston, WV.