Leslie has reported extensively on political and economic affairs in the region since the mid-1980s for several international news organisations. During his 10-year career with The Asian Wall Street Journal, Leslie won awards for his reporting on the 1997 Asian economic crisis and the aftermath of Asia’s deadly tsunami. He also led the paper’s regional coverage on the threat of militant Islam. During his first stint with The Straits Times, Leslie’s coverage on regional issues won him the Best Story Award for three years running, and in 2009, he was named Singapore Press Holdings (EMND) Journalist of the Year. He is back with The Straits Times as the paper’s regional correspondent.