Leo Honeycutt -author, reporter, father, cook- is an award-winning television journalist of 28 years whose credits include CBS News, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, and CNN as well as an exclusive in the Oval Office with President Ronald Reagan (on his birthday in 1983), a rare interview with Muhammad Ali, and being the first Louisianan to conduct a live interview with space shuttle astronauts in orbit.
In 2005, Mr. Honeycutt was selected by former Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards as his official biographer. After five years of exhaustive research and face-to-face interviews with Edwards, Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana, An Authorized Biography by Leo Honeycutt was published in December 2009, becoming an instant bestseller with 10,000 sold in the first three days mostly in Baton Rouge. Twenty thousand sold within two weeks across Louisiana with orders for 25,000 more in January 2010. Governor Edwards chose Mr. Honeycutt after publication of Honeycutt’s acclaimed novel, Over the Edge. Honeycutt is now writing When Camelot Began in Louisiana, the story in pictures of Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s unofficial campaign start in The Bayou State. He’s also writing Moonlight, Magnolias & Movies, a picture book about motion pictures made in Louisiana, and completing a television documentary about Israel and the Holy Land.
Mr. Honeycutt pulled a two-year stint at KABC-TV in Los Angeles where he worked with Regis Philbin on the forerunner of Live with Regis & Kelly. While in L.A., he graduated from the United States’ premiere film school, the American Film Institute, where he spent time with such notables as Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Kris Kristofferson, Francois Truffant, George Peppard, Stevie Nicks, Penny Marshall and Charlton Heston.
From 1986 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1999, Mr. Honeycutt was the co-host of south Louisiana’s popular morning television show, 2une-In, based in Baton Rouge at WBRZ. While there, he made cameo appearances on national ABC soap operas, All My Children (kissing Susan Lucci) and One Life to Live. He has won numerous Associated Press awards for journalism, including Feature Reporter of the Year in 1996. Also in the entertainment field, he was the first to profile pop sensation Britney Spears.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Honeycutt was Director of Media and Investor Relations for Manville Corporation, a Fortune 500 $3 billion multinational building products conglomerate. Today, Manville is owned by Warren Buffett as a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. While at Manville, Mr. Honeycutt was speechwriter for CEO Tom Stephens and arranged interviews with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Denver Post, Barron’s, Fortune and others.
Today, Mr. Honeycutt is President of Honeycutt Communications LLC whose first project was conceptualizing and designing Louisiana Governor Mike Foster’s “The Spirit of Louisiana” fire truck campaign after 9-11. After raising one million dollars, Louisiana became the first state to give New York a new fire truck. Christened by President George W. Bush at the White House, the truck was officially handed over to New York on NBC’s The Today Show with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. In all, a record nine vehicles were given to FDNY, the most from any state in the union.
As a result, Mr. Honeycutt was nominated by The Holmes Report, a leading international publication in the marketing and public relations industry, as one of only five nominees chosen worldwide for the 2003 Silver Sabre awards.
Mr. Honeycutt also travels extensively appearing on television and radio throughout the United States cooking easy Louisiana recipes on behalf of Louisiana’s largest food corporation, Bruce Foods-Cajun Injector, as well as promoting events in his home state.
Honeycutt Communications client list also includes The Evander Holyfield Group, Reliant International Media, All the King’s Men Production Company ($70 million feature film starring Sean Penn, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Kate Winslet), Zapp’s Potato Chips, Honeywell Corporation, The University of Louisiana System, Louisiana State University and the Women’s Basketball Program, Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, Salomon Smith Barney, American Movie Classics, Larry Jorgensen Productions, Keith Warren’s Outdoor Adventures, O’Neill Outside Show, The Moon Griffon Show, Connectutilities.com, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Pretty Creek Publishing, The Louisiana Ballooning Foundation, Calls 4 Cause, Oak Alley Plantation, and various political candidates. Honeycutt Communications is affiliated with Geduldig & Company Public Relations, Inc. of New York.
Mr. Honeycutt’s charity work includes Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Cancer Society, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Big Brother, Boys & Girls Clubs of Natchez, MS, and others. He also served as “Roastee” of the annual March of Dimes Benefit Celebrity Roast. He has also been the emcee of the televised Miss Louisiana Pageant.
Mr. Honeycutt was born in Oak Grove, La., in 1955, grew up in West Monroe and is married to the former Jackie Plunkett of Monroe, a registered associate with Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney. Their daughter Danielle, an LSU and FIT-New York graduate, is assistant director of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. Son Jarrod graduated from LSU with a psychology degree.