During 2008, as a reporter for ACA she looked into increasing gang problems, drug issues, and extensively reported on the controversial Gordon Wood trial. It was also on A Current Affair that McKinnon told off party-boy Corey Worthington, an interview that went viral and became a YouTube sensation.
In 2007 she was a foreign correspondent for the Nine Network in North America. Based in Los Angeles, Leila was the first reporter to track down and confront Jayant Patel; the doctor who’s since been extradited to Australia to face charges of negligence related to the deaths of patients in a Mackay hospital. She also spent time at Guantanamo Bay covering the trial of accused terrorist David Hicks.
Whilst abroad, Leila reported for the first two seasons of the smash hit prime time show “What’s Good for You”. An avid cook, Leila released the best-selling cookbook ‘Australia’s Favourite Recipes’ in 2012.
Throughout her career, Leila has interviewed dozens of major international stars and many prominent Australians. Outside of the news, Leila McKinnon loves spending time with her family, husband , CEO of the Nine Network, David Gyngell and two children Ted and Gwendolen born only last year.