Leon Neyfakh Biography, Age, Career, Net Worth, Podcast

Leon Neyfakh Biography

Leon Neyfakh is an American journalist, radio host, and author. In addition to that, He is also known for hosting the podcast Slow Burn and his books namely; The Next Next Level, A Story of Rap, Friendship, and Almost Giving Up.

He is a writer for the Slate.com team in New York since January 2015. On July 7, 2017, Leon published his first book “The Next Next Level, A history of Rap, friendship and almost giving up.” To sum up, these books cover the career of the rapper, ‘Juiceboxxx’.

Leon previously worked as a reporter in the Boston Globe from 2011 to 2014. From 2007-2010, He worked as a reporter at Observer Media.

In the same vein, he also wrote for Rolling Stone and Maxim Magazine.

Leon Neyfakh Age

 He was born the year 1985 in the Soviet Union.He is 37 years old as of 2022.

Early Life And Education

Leon was born in the Soviet Union and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. However, both his parents are Russians who moved to the United States when Leon was still a child.

Later, He graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with an A.B. in history and literature. During his time at Harvard, Leon used to write the University’s student newspaper,’ The Harvard Crimson’.

Leon Neyfakh Personal life And Married

Leon is married to Alice Gregory, a freelance journalist. The couple lives in Brooklyn, New York City.

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Leon Neyfakh Career

Neyfakh is best known for creating and hosting Slates podcast Slowburn, which has covered American political scandals. At first, the season of the podcast was about the Watergate scandal ofRichard Nixon

Afterward, the season covered the Lewinsky Scandal of Bill Clinton.Before joining Slate, Neyfakh worked for the Boston Globe as the Ideas staff and was a reporter for the New York Observer.

Besides that, He has also written for The Fader, The New Repulic, and Rollingstone.com.


Neyfakh is also the writer of the book titledThe Next Level: A Story of Rap, Friendship, and Almost Giving Up, about Juiceboxx a rapper from Winsconsin.

In November 2018, Neyfakh announced on Twitter that he was leaving Slate.He left Slate for the purpose of writing and hosting his new product known as FIASCO.The product is offered only on the Luminary podcast platform.

In February 2019, it was announced that Epix would release a six-part document series inspired by Slow Burn with Neyfakh as host. The series was set to premiere on February 16, 2020.

When asked about how Americans can actively and effectively engage in the topic of race, Neyfakh said:                                                                                                                                             

“I think there should be more recognition on the part of white people like me that believing in equality usually means giving something up. In the new season of Fiasco, listeners will hear a lot of white voices saying they believe in unity and equality but not in “busing” because it’s not fair to force white children into worse schools.

The thing is, as [the journalist] Nikole Hannah-Jones has written, busing is the most immediate method of joining schools and making them equal. Of course, someone has to give something up.”[16]

Leon Neyfakh Net Worth

His net worth is still under review.

Leon Neyfakh Slow Burn And Podcast

Even recent history is rich with surprising subplots, strange details, and forgotten characters. On Slow Burn, Leon Neyfakh digs out the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history.

After which he finds surprising parallels to the present. At first, Season 1 captures what it was like to live through Watergate.

Similarly, Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.Slow Burn is a production of Slate Plus.

Slate Plus members support our work—and they get a bonus episode every week. In addition, they have exclusive interviews and conversations that go deeper into the story.

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  •  Bromwich, Jonah Engel (August 17, 2020). “What Historical Moment Is Leon Neyfakh Learning From Now?”. The New York Times. ISSN0362-4331. Retrieved October 22,2020.
  •  Ep. 188: FiveThirtyEight politics writer Clare Malone and Fiasco host Leon Neyfakh, Unorthodox podcast, July 11, 2019.
  •  Slow Burn’: Watergate Podcast Host on Avoiding Obvious Trump Parallels and Finding Out When Conspiracies Come True
  • The Next Next Level’ by Leon Neyfakh: a tale of rap and friendship The Washington Post
  • Alam, Rumaan (February 4, 2020). “Fiasco Tries to Make Iran-Contra a Teachable Moment”. The New Republic. ISSN 0028-6583. Retrieved February 5, 2020.

Last Updated On:11th January 2023