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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike Leonard  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1947 in Paterson, NJ

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Illinois Connection

Leonard resides in Winnetka, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leonard is an American television journalist who works for ''The Today Show'' on NBC. Leonard has been a feature correspondent for the show for over 31 years, and is known for his stories on everyday life and the unique, creative way he presents his work.In 2006, Leonard published ''The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family'', about a month-long road trip he took with his parents and four children in an RV.

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The ride of our lives
ISBN: 9781415927229. OCLC Number: 67714349

Book on Tape,. .

An account of the author's trip across America from Phoenix to Chicago with his eccentric elderly parents in an RV describes how they revisited significant places, people, and events in their lives.

The ride of our lives :
ISBN: 0345481496. OCLC Number: 61859917

Ballantine Books,. .

Mike Leonard wanted to give his parents the ultimate family reunion. And so, one February morning, three generations of Leonards set out on their journey under the dazzling Arizona sky. In the course of their humorous, often poignant cross-country tour, from the desert Southwest to the New England coastline, the Leonards reminisce about their loves, their losses, and their rich and heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) lives, while encountering a veritable Greek chorus of roadside characters along the way.--From publisher description.