Leezel Tanglao is a bridge journalist at the intersection of editorial, product, business development and sales. She has worked at several media companies including HuffPost, Associated Press, CNN, CBSNews.com, VICE News, NowThis, ABCNews.com, KCBS/KCAL and Press-Enterprise. She is currently the Director of Audience Insights and Innovation for The Points Guy.
She was a 2019-2020 Reynolds Journalism Institute Non-Residential Fellow and developed a tool to measure impact. Leezel has also worked at CNNMoney (now CNNBusiness) as Assistant Managing Editor of Programming where she led a global team of multiplatform editors. While at CNN, she launched products like proprietary social metric SURGE.
She received her Bachelor’s degree at Loyola Marymount University and a Masters degree at UCLA. She was part of the Poynter/ONA Women’s Leadership Program in 2016. She was named 2018 Member of the Year by the Asian American Journalists Association.
She is the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) 2022 President and is the Chair of the FYLPRO COVID19 task force. She’s the project director and spokesperson for the Tayo help desk for the Filipino community during COVID19.
Articles, Publications, and Appearances
How The Filipino Community Is Fighting Medical Invisibility (Jan 29, 2020)
A Millennial, a mom and a mortgage: Ties that bind (July 7, 2015)
“If you are a Filipino, you are a bridge person” (Filipina on the Rise Podcast)
SMP #3: Leezel Tanglao (Startup Mindsets Podcast)