Leo Sands


Breaking-news reporting

Education: Trinity College, Cambridge University, BA in History; Trinity College, Cambridge University, MPhil in American History

Leo Sands is a breaking-news reporter in The Washington Post’s London Hub who reports on stories from around the world in the European day. He previously worked at BBC News as a senior journalist across digital and TV news.
Latest from Leo Sands

Judge denies Missouri teenager’s plea to witness father’s execution

Missouri state law mandates death penalty witnesses to be at least 21 years old.

November 27, 2022

Kim Jong Un’s daughter emerges from secrecy for second time in days

New photos released by North Korean state media show the leader with his young daughter at a missile launch event, fueling speculation over his succession plans.

November 27, 2022

Meet John McFall, the world’s first astronaut with a disability

The bronze medal-winning British paralympian joins a European Space Agency program to test how people with disabilities can live and work in outer orbit.

November 24, 2022

Rainbow-wearing soccer fans confronted at Qatar World Cup

World Cup fans say stadium officials at the Wales game requested they remove LGBTQ symbols like a rainbow bucket hat, appearing to contradict FIFA's guidance.

November 22, 2022

What should LGBTQ soccer fans expect at the Qatar World Cup? A guide.

FIFA, the tournament's organizer, says everyone is welcome at the event, but LGBTQ people are criminalized in the conservative Persian Gulf state.

November 22, 2022

Officials identify five killed in Colorado shooting

A shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub, killed at least five people. The suspect is hospitalized, and officials said they would seek murder charges.

November 21, 2022

Suspect in deadly LGBTQ club shooting was subdued by patrons, Colorado police say

Colorado Springs police said five people were killed and at least 25 were injured in the shooting at the Club Q nightclub. The suspect was hospitalized.

November 21, 2022

Europe teams won’t use LGBTQ armbands at World Cup after FIFA threats

Captains from England, Wales, Belgium, Germany and other teams planned to wear rainbow armbands to support the LGBTQ community until FIFA threatened yellow cards.

November 21, 2022

Chinese panda, gifted to Taiwan as a symbol of friendship, dies

Tuan Tuan, 18, had lived in the Taipei Zoo since 2008. Relations between China and the island soured significantly in the 14 years since the diplomatic gift.

November 20, 2022

Loud music may be damaging ears of 1 billion young people, study says

Music played on headphones and at venues is often too loud, causing hearing loss in young people that can be permanent, research suggests.

November 16, 2022