Leonor Ayala Polley

Leonor Ayala Polley is a leading network television and news executive. At NBC News in New York she led the network’s diversity and inclusion programs while co-producing award winning programs. She co-founded NBCU Academy – the NBCU News Group’s flagship training program for college students and young professionals. She most recently served as the creator and executive editor of NBCUAcademy.com – an open access journalism and media training website.

She is a highly effective communicator and team leader to create a culture of inclusion in NBC’s newsrooms. Leonor spent seven years at “Dateline” where she produced a ratings winning one-hour documentary on an American mother living on the lam in Europe.

After nearly two decades working in newsrooms, Leonor recently launched Loaiza Media. Currently, her clients include ModelExpand and URL Media. She started her TV news career in 2002 when she joined the team of ABC’s Peter Jennings Reports as a production associate. Leonor began her journalism career in 1998 as a print reporter for The Record newspaper in New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and is pursuing a Master’s at New York University. She currently lives in San Francisco