For more than 23 years, Leslie Merrill has appeared in film, television, news, commercials, and has hosted national award-winning nature documentaries. She most recently played the role of ****** victim, Elizabeth, in Paul Haggis’ epic film, The Next Three Days, starring Russell Crowe. In the film On the Inside, she plays the supporting role of Allen’s mother. And Merrill can be seen in the recurring role (7 episodes) as the television news reporter in the Lionsgate television series, The **** Point. Throughout western Pennsylvania, Leslie is known as host and co-executive producer of the tourism show Discover Pittsburgh Country, and as host of UPMC Health Minute, medical news updates. She worked as the court reporter on the national Telepictures hit court show, Judge Mathis, and as a news anchor in several markets. Early in her career, she won a national ACE Award for MVP, a sports comedy show she co-wrote and co-hosted in south Florida.
Ms. Merrill is the Senior Consultant for Government Relations for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, an $9 billion global health enterprise. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she now lives in Pittsburgh and is an avid baseball fan (GO PIRATES.) Besides her beloved son, Herbie, who works for the Texas Rangers (GO RANGERS) Leslie has a beer-fetching pot-belly pig, Layla, a beautiful Maine Coone cat, Tashi and the most adorable blue Chow Chow, Teddy.
Since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Leslie has made several trips to Port-au-Prince, including one several days after the quake, where she coordinated a rescue mission to bring 54 orphans to safety. She continues to work passionately with the Haitian government on medical rescues.
I have always written my own copy for television news as well as my freelance tv shows.