Fort Wayne journalist retires


Veteran News-Sentinel writer Kevin Leininger retired from the Fort Wayne newspaper after 36 years.

He broke stories on political corruption and government malfeasance, covered a devastating flood as part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team and interviewed celebrities, according to the newspaper.

Leininger, a lifelong Luth­eran, accepted a pos­ition as vice president for communications at Con­cordia Theological Seminary.

The 60-year-old graduated from Ball State Uni­ver­­sity in 1977 with a journalism degree.

He started as an intern at the News-Sentinel in 1976. When he graduated there weren’t any openings in Fort Wayne, so he took a job at the Val­paraiso Vidette-Mes­senger until returning to the News-Sentinel in 1979.

Leininger spent several years on the News-Sentinel’s editorial board before going back to writing a column and reporting.

– Fort Wayne News-Sentinel