Meet Elisabeth Leamy
Elisabeth Leamy is the Consumer Correspondent for ABC News' Good Morning America and also contributes consumer stories to World News, Nightline and other ABC programs. Her specialties are stories on how to save money, keep your family safe, and avoid scams and rip-offs. She loves her beat because it’s not theoretical; Her stories matter to people and their pocketbooks.

Since joining ABC in 2005, Elisabeth has reported and investigated a wide range of topics. When the economy faltered in 2008, she looked for signs of how the downturn was impacting real people. One example: a hidden camera investigation into whether the numerous going out of business sales were actually bargains. (They weren’t.) Another topic Elisabeth tackled: states raiding their citizens’ unclaimed money funds to balance their own budgets –even when the money wasn’t really unclaimed.

Elisabeth was the first journalist to question claims made by the popular cold remedy Airborne. Eventually, the company that made it ended up settling with consumers for $24 million. After the Mattel recalls, she tested hundreds of toys for lead and discovered that the Consumer Product Safety Commission's lead testing method sometimes missed the poison. The agency soon switched methods.

Elisabeth is known for finding visually arresting ways to impart important consumer information. To show which hand washing techniques work best, she put E Coli bacteria on her hands then tested different products. To demonstrate the dangers of leaving children in cars in the summertime, she locked herself in a hot car and monitored her deteriorating vital signs. For a story on how flooding damages cars, Elisabeth sank a car in the Baltimore harbor, then analyzed the corrosion. To show how much better it is to SAVE BIG, Elisabeth lined up hundreds of latte cups in ABC’s Times Square Studios, a visual for how hard it is to accumulate real money through Small Stuff Savings.

Before joining "Good Morning America," Elisabeth was the senior investigative reporter for WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 2005. From 1994 to 1997, she worked as a consumer reporter at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. Her investigations over the years have resulted in new city laws and prompted congressional inquiries. Elisabeth began her career in broadcast journalism in 1992 in Bakersfield, California, as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter.

She published her first book, "The Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Rip-offs That Cost You Time and Money" in April 2004. (Curious? Click here.) SAVE BIG is her second book and it’s published by preeminent business book publisher John Wiley and Sons.

Elisabeth was nominated for two Business and Financial Reporting Emmys in 2009 and one in 2008. Regionally, she has received 13 Emmy Awards and four Edward R. Murrow Awards.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Elisabeth tries to practice what she preaches, doing the due diligence required to be a savvy consumer and looking for ways to SAVE BIG. She grew up in the San Francisco area and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Kris, daughter, Kelsea, and their dog Buddha.