Clifton Leaf, a winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, is a contributing editor at Fortune magazine. He was until recently a guest editor for The New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review. Previously, he was executive editor at The Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney magazine and, prior to that, executive editor at Fortune, where in addition to overseeing the magazine’s Wall Street and investing coverage, he wrote a number of prominent feature articles.
It was after one such writing assignment, a 2004 Fortune cover story entitled “Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer (and How to Win It)”, that Cliff began working to change the way the global cancer fight is funded and pursued, pushing for ways to speed up progress against the disease. A keynote or featured speaker at some 30 scientific conferences around the world, Cliff has presented testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel three times, given a plenary address at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research and delivered “Grand Rounds” at the National Cancer Institute, the only journalist ever to be given that honor.A recipient of the Henry R. Luce Award for public service, the NIHCM’s Health Care Journalism Award and several leadership awards from leading patient organizations, Cliff has been a moderator or panelist in numerous cancer-related meetings, including three Capitol Hill briefings for members of Congress. For three years, he also served on the national board of directors for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer charity.
Prior to joining Fortune in 2000, Cliff was an editor and writer for a number of national magazines. A graduate of Williams College, he later received a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Alicia Slimmer, a filmmaker, and their daughter Sofia.
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