Leo Honeycutt -author, reporter, father, cook- is an award-winning television journalist of 28 years whose credits include CBS News, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, and CNN as well as an exclusive in the Oval Office with President Ronald Reagan (on his birthday in 1983), a rare interview with Muhammad Ali, and being the first Louisianan to conduct a live interview with space shuttle astronauts in orbit.
In 2005, Mr. Honeycutt was selected by former Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards as his official biographer. After five years of exhaustive research and face-to-face interviews with Edwards, Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana, An Authorized Biography by Leo Honeycutt was published in December 2009, becoming an instant bestseller with 10,000 sold in the first three days mostly in Baton Rouge. Twenty thousand sold within two weeks across Louisiana with orders for 25,000 more in January 2010. Governor Edwards chose Mr. Honeycutt after publication of Honeycutt’s acclaimed novel, Over the Edge. Honeycutt is now writing When Camelot Began in Louisiana, the story in pictures of Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s unofficial campaign start in The Bayou State. He’s also writing Moonlight, Magnolias & Movies, a picture book about motion pictures made in Louisiana, and completing a television documentary about Israel and the Holy Land.
Mr. Honeycutt pulled a two-year stint at KABC-TV in Los Angeles where he worked with Regis Philbin on the forerunner of Live with Regis & Kelly. While in L.A., he graduated from the United States’ premiere film school, the American Film Institute, where he spent time with such notables as Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Kris Kristofferson, Francois Truffant, George Peppard, Stevie Nicks, Penny Marshall and Charlton Heston.