Elisabeth Leamy

Consumer Correspondent
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Elisabeth "Eli" Leamy is the Consumer Correspondent for ABC News' "Good Morning America" and also contributes consumer stories to World News and other ABC programs. Her... Read More »

Elisabeth "Eli" Leamy is the Consumer Correspondent for ABC News' "Good Morning America" and also contributes consumer stories to World News and other ABC programs. Her specialties are stories on how to save money, keep your family safe, and avoid scams and rip-offs. Her most popular stories are on how to find unclaimed money that is out there waiting for you. She loves her beat because it's not theoretical; Her stories matter to people and their pocketbooks.

Since joining ABC in 2005, Elisabeth has reported and investigated a wide range of topics. In 2001 she started the "Show Me the Money" series on Good Morning America where she helps reunite people with their own unclaimed money. In February 2012, Elisabeth and her producer actually managed to return more than $1.1 million dollars to viewers –all in the course of one show! When the economy faltered, she looked for signs of how the downturn was impacting real people. One example: a hidden camera investigation into whether the numerous going out of business sales were actually bargains. (They weren't.) For another story, Elisabeth went shopping for a used car with a hidden camera –not to uncover wrongdoing but to show, step by step, how to save thousands by being a skillful haggler. She has also investigated whether gold buying services really give you a fair price for your gold.

Eli is known for finding visually arresting ways to impart important consumer information. To show which hand washing techniques work best, she put E Coli bacteria on her hands then washed with different products. To demonstrate the dangers of leaving children in cars in the summertime, she locked herself in a hot car and monitored her deteriorating vital signs. For a story on how flooding damages cars, Eli sank a car in the Baltimore harbor, then analyzed the corrosion.

Before joining "Good Morning America," Elisabeth was the senior investigative reporter for WTTG-TV Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 2005. From 1994 to 1997, she worked as a consumer reporter at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. Prior to that she was the weekend anchor at KERO in Bakersfield, CA. Many of Elisabeth's local news investigations resulted in new laws and congressional inquiries.

Elisabeth published her first book, "The Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Rip-offs That Cost You Time and Money" in April 2004. Her second book, "SAVE BIG: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands" came out in January 2010. Instead of harping on small savings like giving up your daily latte, SAVE BIG shows readers how to save tens of thousands on houses, cars, credit, groceries and healthcare.

Elisabeth has been nominated three times for Business and Financial Reporting Emmys for stories on the internet underworld of identity theft and also the going out business and gold buying investigations mentioned above. Regionally, she has received 13 Emmy Awards and four Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Eli received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Eli tries to practice what she preaches, doing the homework required to be a savvy consumer and looking for ways to save BIG. She grew up in the San Francisco area and now lives and works in Washington, D.C.

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5 Steps to Get Your Grocery Budget Under Control
in this column are solely those of the author. Elisabeth Leamy is a 20-year consumer advocate for programs
Apr 21, 2014 08:57 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
Try Multiple Accounts to Stick to Savings Goals
of the author. Elisabeth Leamy is a 20-year consumer advocate for programs such as "Good Morning
Apr 08, 2014 08:57 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
5 Reasons Receiving a Tax Refund Actually Stinks
is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News. Elisabeth Leamy
Mar 11, 2014 08:57 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
3 E-Tools to Make Shopping Easier and Cheaper
are solely those of the author. Elisabeth Leamy is a 20-year consumer advocate for programs
Mar 18, 2014 08:57 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
10 Websites That Can Save You Money on Healthcare
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Jan 07, 2013 07:05 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
Sidestep the Top 5 Scams of 2012
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Jan 14, 2013 07:05 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
How to Score Luxury Hotel Rooms for Less
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Apr 01, 2013 08:05 AM Story from Travel/BusinessTravel ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
Price Matching Brings Savings --and Headaches
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May 27, 2013 08:05 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
Fed Up With Your Bank? Consider a Credit Union
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Jun 10, 2013 08:05 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
What To Know Before You Visit An Auto Repair Shop
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Jun 19, 2013 05:34 PM Story from Business Elisabeth Leamy, ABC News
New Fuel Economy Standards: Cars Will Cost More to Buy, Less to Drive
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Jun 18, 2013 08:12 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
10 Reasons Why Applying for A Store Credit Card to Get '10 Percent Off Your Purchase' is a Bad Deal
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Sep 10, 2013 08:12 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
Don't Ignore Debt Collectors -- But Don't Pay Them, Either (If You Don't Owe)
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Aug 12, 2013 08:12 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
Survey Shows Only A Third of Renters Have Insurance
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Mar 11, 2013 08:05 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
7 Sites to Save on Back to School and Raise Your IQ
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Aug 19, 2013 08:12 AM Story from Business ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC News
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