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Leon Neyfakh is an American journalist, radio host and author. He is known for hosting the podcast Slow Burn and his book The Next Next Level: A Story of Rap, Friendship, and Almost Giving Up.

Leon Neyfakh
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ResidenceBrooklyn, New York City
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationJournalist, staff writer, radio host


Early life and educationEdit

Neyfakh was born in Soviet Union and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. Both of his parents are Russian Jews[1] who immigrated to the United States when Neyfakh was a child.[2]

He graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with a A.B. in history and literature.[3] During his time at Harvard, he used to write for its student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.[4]


Neyfakh is best known for creating and hosting Slate's podcast Slow Burn, which has covered American political scandals. The first season of the podcast was about the Watergate scandal of Richard Nixon,[5][6] and the second season covered the Lewinsky scandal of Bill Clinton.[7]

Before joining Slate, Neyfakh worked for the Boston Globe as the Ideas staff, and was a reporter for the New York Observer. He has also written for The FADER, The New Republic, and[3]

Neyfakh also wrote a book titled The Next Next Level: A Story of Rap, Friendship, and Almost Giving Up, about "Juiceboxxx", a rapper from Wisconsin.[8][2]

In November 2018, Neyfakh announced on twitter that he will leave Slate to write and host his new podcast, "FIASCO".[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Neyfakh is married to Alice Gregory, a freelance journalist. The couple live in Brooklyn, New York City.[10][11][2]