Leigh Cuen is a writer, journalist, and blockchain enthusiast based in New York City. She is a reporter for CoinDesk and a columnist for Teen Vogue. Cuen's work has been published in multiple languages including Spanish, Italian, English, Hebrew and Arabic.
Cuen is originally from California. In high school, she was an intern for the Orange County Register. She attended the University of San Francisco and studied Media and Middle Eastern studies. She earned a Bachelors degree in 2011.
Early Work 2010-2012
Early in her career, Cuen was a Reporter for El Tecolote, an Editorial Assistant for Crawdaddy! Magazine, an Editorial Assistant for the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, and a Blogger for New Voices, Green Prophet, and The Rumpus. She also worked for the Palestinian News Network San Francisco Public Press
Time in Israel 2012-2014
In 2012, Cuen moved to Israel to further her career in writing and journalism. While based in Tel Aviv, her articles appeared in several publications including Al Jazeera English, Salon, The Jerusalem Post, Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet), Culture Magazine, and World Literature Today. In addition, her creative writing has been published in the International Museum of Women, Poetica Magazine, Dagda Publishing and War, Literature & the Arts. During her time there, Cuen would stay in the homes of different Palestinian familes as well as an Israeli family. One of the proudest of Cuen's career was her piece on revolutionary Syrian poetry for Al Jazeera English.
Freelance Journalism and Cryptocurrency Coverage 2015-Present
Cuen first heard about Bitcoin in 2015 when she was working at a media company in Tel Aviv with a team of darknet experts who trained in elite military units. Her manager assigned her to write a story on the subject of people buying drugs with cryptocurrency. She would write blockchain related stories for Newsweek Media Group and would join CoinDesk in 2018.