Marsha McLeod is an investigative reporter and media producer hailing from Toronto, Canada. Currently a graduate fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University, Marsha is committed to reporting on incarceration, labor issues, and health care. 

In 2015, Marsha graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in Peace, Conflict, & Justice Studies and Visual Studies where she focused on international law, documentary ethics, and criminal justice. In 2015, Marsha won First Place in the Shelly Peterson Student Art Exhibition for a short film about a youth's solitary confinement.

In 2016, was selected to work as a Studio [Y] fellow at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, studying systems change, collaboration, and social innovation with industry leaders. As a fellow, co-designed and co-led a collaborative research project called #AltFuturities, which worked with survivors of sexual violence to record their specific needs for justice. Marsha also co-founded and co-produced The Built Environment, a podcast about systemic violence in Canada.

Marsha has worked closely as the assistant to the photojournalist Rita Leistner on The Tree Planters, a project documenting reforestation in northern British Columbia. Over the last six years, Marsha has also worked as a residential counsellor for teenagers with complex neurological disorders, teaching classes on zine-making, podcasting, and filmmaking. 

Please reach out to mlm2322@columbia.edu with suggestions, possible collaborations, or comments. 

Assisting Rita Leistner with the production of The Tree Planters, near Prince George, British Columbia, 2016

Assisting Rita Leistner with the production of The Tree Planters, near Prince George, British Columbia, 2016