Career Path: Editor of Virginia Newspaper
Grand Valley alumna Leslie Perales has been named the editor of The Observer newspaper in Herndon, Va. She is now responsible for all editorial content in the company's print and digital publications.
Perales graduated in 2007 with a degree in journalism. She also gained crucial experience outside the classroom, working at the Lanthorn, where she was a writer, copy editor, news editor and editor in chief.
Perales rose quickly at The Observer, where she started in January 2008 as a general assignment reporter covering community of Reston, Va. Perales soon took on the additional responsibility of covering Herndon and for planning the newspaper's coverage each week.