Leslie Cockburn

Writer and Filmmaker
Born Sep 2, 1952

Leslie Corkill Redlich Cockburn is an American writer and filmmaker who has covered a wide variety of international stories in almost every part of the globe.

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    Huffington Post - Aug 14, 2012
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1952 Birth Born in 1952.


1977 25 Years Old She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Andrew Cockburn, a journalist and film producer with whom she has co-authored several books, whom she married in San Francisco in 1977. … Read More
1978 26 Years Old In 1978 Cockburn moved to CBS. … Read More


1984 32 Years Old Her 1984 report, “The Dirty War,” for which she traveled through regions of Nicaragua that were officially off-limits as being too dangerous for journalists to visit, revealed the Contras' horrifying record of routine atrocities against the civilian population. … Read More
1986 34 Years Old Following the overthrow of the Duvalier regime in Haiti in 1986, Cockburn’s report “Haiti’s Nightmare” (1987) on the brutality of a Haitian military unit being armed and trained by the U.S. led to an outcry in Congress and the suspension of all U.S. military aid to Haiti. … Read More
1987 35 Years Old In 1987 Cockburn began producing and reporting documentaries for PBS Frontline in collaboration with her husband Andrew Cockburn. … Read More
1990 38 Years Old In 1990 Cockburn produced and directed “From the Killing Fields” for the ABC News documentary show Peter Jennings Reports. The film alleged that the U.S. had long been covertly supporting the Khmer Rouge, the genocidal movement responsible for the deaths of millions in Cambodia in the 1970s who had been displaced by a Vietnamese-back regime in 1979. U.S. assistance to the murderous group, Cockburn alleged, had been ongoing throughout the 1980s. … Read More
1991 39 Years Old 1 More Event
During the Gulf War in 1991, Cockburn reported from Israel on the Iraqi Scud attacks against Tel Aviv. Her film, shot from a high-rise building close to the impact zone, provided irrefutable evidence that contrary to official reports, the U.S.-supplied Patriot missiles were not only entirely failing to intercept the Scuds but were instead impacting on the city itself.


1997 45 Years Old In 1997, Cockburn conceived and co-produced The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, a thriller positing a terrorist attack on New York City with a stolen nuclear weapon. … Read More
1998 46 Years Old In 1998, Cockburn served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. … Read More
2000 48 Years Old In 2000, she produced "America's Worst Nightmare," a 60 Minutes report on political instability in nuclear-armed Pakistan and the growing power in the country of fundamentalist groups linked to the Taliban, a piece that was recognized as "strikingly prophetic" in receiving the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in 2001.


2002 50 Years Old In 2002 she did a report on the true effects of U. S. anti-narcotics aerial spraying on the civilian population of Colombia. … Read More
2008 56 Years Old Beginning filming in January 2008, Cockburn laid bare both the financial machinations and miscalculations on Wall Street that produced the disaster as well as its effects on an array of Baltimore homeowners struggling to stay afloat. … Read More


2014 62 Years Old On April 20, 2014 she became a grandmother when her daughter Olivia and fiance, Jason Sudeikis, had a baby boy, Otis Alexander. … Read More
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