Mike Leonard, Executive Producer & NBC "Today" Show Correspondent
"This series changed the way I think and act. The global settings were stunning, but it was Fr. Barron’s brilliant insights on life’s most challenging issues that shook me to the core. Whatever your belief or background, there is much to gain from this deep and profound excursion into spirituality, logic, and the human experience."
Mike is an acclaimed filmmaker and a veteran feature correspondent for NBC’s Today show. He also is the producer of the popular public television series The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family based on his New York Times best-selling book by the same name. Mike is known for his unique and creative stories on everyday life. His family's company, called Picture Show Films, co-producedCatholicism. Picture Show also has produced critically acclaimed television shows and specials for PBS, ESPN and other major media outlets, plus videos for corporations and nonprofit agencies. Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1970 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he played for the varsity hockey team.
Mike has four grown children and five grandchildren and lives in Winnetka, Illinois with his wife, Cathy. Together, Mike and Fr. Barron spent two years traveling the world with a crew of seasoned network television producers, including Mike's son, Matt.