Leslie Bennetts has been a contributing editor at <em>Vanity Fair</em> since 1988, writing on subjects that have ranged from movie stars to priest pedophilia, industrial pollution and U.S. anti-terrorism policy. Her 2005 cover story on Jennifer Aniston was the best-selling issue in the magazine’s history to date, and the People magazine cover story about Bennetts’ interview with Aniston was the best-selling issue in the history of <em>People</em>.<br />
Prior to joining <em>Vanity Fair</em>, Bennetts spent fifteen years as a newspaper reporter. She started covering so-called “women’s issues” at The <em>Philadelphia Bulletin</em> in the early 1970’s, and has continued to write about women, marriage, families and parenting ever since. After five years at The <em>Bulletin</em>, where she won many awards for writing and reporting, Bennetts moved to The <em>New York Times</em>. During her ten years there, she began as a writer for the Style page and went on to cover national politics, metropolitan news, City Hall, and cultural news. She was the first woman ever to cover a presidential campaign for The <em>Times</em>.<br />
Bennetts has also written for many other magazines, including <em>Town & Country</em>, <em>Columbia Journalism Review</em>, <em>New York Magazine</em>, <em>Vogue</em>, <em>Good Housekeeping</em>, <em>Ladies Home Journal</em>, <em>More</em>, <em>House & Garden</em>, <em>Worth</em>, <em>Family Life</em>, <em>Parents</em>, <em>Child</em>, <em>Parenting</em>, <em>The Nation</em>, <em>Women’s Day</em>, <em>Tango</em>, <em>Modern Bride</em>, and <em>Women’s Health</em>. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, journalist Jeremy Gerard, and their two children.