Leisha Chi-Santorelli is a senior BBC News journalist and foreign correspondent working across television, radio and digital outlets. She was recently promoted to be the team manager looking after the BBC World Service partnership with America’s biggest business programme, Marketplace. She occasionally steps in to host Marketplace Morning Report’s global edition.
She is also an Asia expert, having covered the region for over a decade. Leisha was regularly deployed to cover some of the world’s biggest breaking news stories, including the aftermath of Philippines Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful ever recorded, and the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Leisha previously worked at Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong where she was ranked one of the top two producers in the region.
Born in Singapore and raised in British Hong Kong, Leisha received her degree in Comparative Literature and African Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Leisha was also a citizen-scholar focused on servant leadership at the Emory Center for Ethics and taught financial literacy to resettled refugees in Atlanta in her spare time.
Leisha currently lives in London with her husband Tom and a slightly overweight British shorthair cat called Mochi. The rest of her family is in the USA and Asia.