Christopher Leonard

Schmidt Family Foundation Fellow

As a Schmidt Family Foundation Fellow, Christopher Leonard published The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business, which explores the modern American meat system. He is currently writing a book about Koch Industries. He was a national business reporter with The Associated Press and his work has appeared in Fortune, Businessweek, Slate Magazine and The New Republic. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

All Work

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An Inside Look at How Koch Industries Does Business

Chris Leonard wrote an article for the Washington Post about how Koch Industries runs its businesses.


FELLOWS and OPEN MARKETS
Is the Chicken Industry Rigged?

Christopher Leonard wrote about the chicken industry for Bloomberg Businessweek


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A Blade Strikes Steel, and the Blast Shocks a Nation’s Energy System

Christopher Leonard wrote for Bloomberg Businessweek about how heavily millions of Americans rely on the Colonial Pipeline for gasoline.


OPEN MARKETS and NEW AMERICA
Amazon’s Book Monopoly

Join New America’s Open Markets program for a discussion of Amazon’s book monopoly, and what it means for American readers and democracy.


NEW AMERICA
The Weekly Wonk: How A Sex Scandal Changed Democracy

The Gary Hart scandal changed politics forever. This is how.


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All the Truth is Out

A discussion on the modern age of political tabloid journalism and what it all means for the future of democracy.


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Americans Have Never Had So Few Options in Deciding What Company Makes Their Meat

Americans, as it turns out, have actually never had so few options in deciding what company makes their meat. "The US meat industry is more


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Tyson Foods Wins Hillshire, Eyes Breakfast Growth

Christopher Leonard, author of the recently released book “The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business”, said the merger


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Tyson Enters Bidding For Hillshire Brands With $6.1 Billion Offer

"Consumers already have limited choices in the meat aisle of the grocery store," said Christopher Leonard, a fellow at the New America Found


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The Meat Racket

An investigative journalist takes you inside the corporate meat industry—a shocking, in-depth report every American should read.


OPEN MARKETS
In The Tank: Bacon, China and the American Farmer

What does it mean when a Chinese company buys Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the U.S.? This podcast has all the answers.