Currently, I work in media production and publishing, the culmination of a journey that combines all the work I’ve done: journalism, film-making, online media, politics, magazine editing, blogging, podcasting,  advocacy, teaching, and academia.

This trajectory represents a life-long love of learning and gathering new experiences. I love making things, talking to people, and working with diverse creators, and I want to do those things in as many different ways as

Some personal details. I have two children, and they’re my light. Being a queer parent is fascinating and challenging, and the task motivates a great deal of my creative and professional life.

My home is St. Paul, Minnesota. My job does take me on occasional visits to New York City and elsewhere.

Beyond my family and creative life, I am passionate about LGBTQ matters of all kinds. Being trans keeps my queerness present all the time.

I also love film (I’ve been reviewing movies in some capacity or other since 2000), reading classic lit (I’ve an MA in Shakespeare), reading genre fiction (horror, then sci-fi), podcasting, quality IPAs, commuting by bicycle, dress shopping, camping, and travel.


I do a bunch of things in the gig world and would love to do them with you!

I’m a multimedia producer (podcast, video, documentary), development editor; and product design manager. In every role, I bring years of writing and reporting experience, strong editorial, producer, and production manager.

Have a creative project that needs a production manager? Looking for editorial expertise? Exasperated by the low-quality written content you’re receiving from your freelancers? Then let me help. Contact me at aleewithleigh [at] gmail.

In my non-freelance life I work full time as a Sr. Producer of Multimedia for 1517 Media, where I focus my time on developing books, documentaries, and multimedia content that explores spirituality and meaning in our lives, with a focus on millennial and generation z audiences.

If you’re a writer, journalist, or maker of multimedia who wants to create something with 1517, please contact me at finkec [at]


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