was a spring 2023 photography fellow and is in her sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin where she is studying radio-TV-film and journalism. A Dallas native, Leila has worked as an editorial and photography intern for The Austin Chronicle and produced videos, photos and stories during her mentorship at The Dallas Morning News. She has reported and photographed for Community Impact and has been published in the Austin American-Statesman. At The Daily Texan, UT’s student publication, Leila has worked as associate photo editor, senior reporter and projects reporter. Leila believes a strong photojournalist creates a strong image by communicating as much of a story as a news lede in a fraction of the time.
For one Round Rock teen, getting accepted to Harvard was her ticket out of a state that she says is hostile to trans youth. Now Texas will ensure young people like her no longer have access to gender-affirming care. Full Story