Leif is a published author and journalist working and living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is currently an Associate Producer at CBC Manitoba, where he helps to produce segments for current affairs radio.
Leif graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2005 with a B.Sc. in biology, and worked at the University of Manitoba as a research assistant before beginning his journalism career.
He freelanced for a year, writing for financial newsletters, before taking a job as the Science Editor of the Manitoban in June 2009. Eleven months later Leif was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. His term ended in May of 2012.
In early 2011 Leif was asked to become a panelist on Urban Nation Live (UNL), a show which was broadcast on 104.7 Streetz FM. Through his experience with UNL Leif developed an appreciation for radio, and started volunteering for 101.5 UMFM, the University of Manitoba's campus/community radio station.
Between October 2011 and April 2012 Leif was the rabble podcast network intern, and the producer of Needs No Introduction, rabble.ca's lecture podcast. He also recorded, mixed and produced a documentary, titled For Peat's Sake, about a proposed peat mine in Manitoba's Hecla/Grindstone provincial park.
Leif started as an intern at CBC Manitoba in the spring of 2012, producing radio segments for current affairs programs. He was hired as a casual Associate Producer that June.
In September 2012 Leif was invited to join the award-winning CBC Manitoba I-Team as a researcher. During this 12 month posting Leif helped produce several investigative pieces, many of which have been nominated for national journalism awards.
In September 2014 he returned to radio, and is currently working as Associate Producer / Director with CBC Manitoba Radio Current Affairs.
Leif is also in the process of editing his first novel and doing research for his next side-project: a graphic novel set in 1920s eastern Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.
Leif is also the past-executive on the Manitoban Newspaper Publications Corporation Board of Directors and the treasurer of the Manitoban Alumni Society charity.