Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is the CEO, Editor-in-chief, and majority owner of Star News Digital Media, which owns and operates a family of state focused conservative news sites, including The Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star, The Michigan Star, The Minnesota Sun, The Virginia Star, The Georgia Star News, The Arizona Sun Times, The Florida Capital Star, The Wisconsin Daily Star, The Pennsylvania Daily Star, The Connecticut Star, and The Star News Network. He is also the host of The Michael Patrick Leahy Show, broadcast weekday mornings from 11 am to 2 pm on AM760 WENO in Nashville.

Leahy was a Breitbart News contributor from 2012 to 2022, and is the author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement, published by Harper Collins’ Broadside Books imprint in 2012, and is co-author of The Star News Digital Media Guide to the Constitution and Bill of Rights for Secondary School Students, published in 2019.

He is also the creator of The National Constitution Bee program, which is operated by the Star News Education Foundation, which he founded. Since 2017 this program has provided educational scholarships to secondary school students in Tennessee and several other states.

An early innovator in social media, Leahy founded Top Conservatives on Twitter in 2008 and organized and hosted the February 20, 2009 conference call of a handful of activists, including Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots, radio host Dana Loesch, and Star News Digital Media co-founder Christina Botteri, that launched the Tea Party Movement one week later.

A native of upstate New York, he is a graduate of Harvard College, has an MBA from Stanford University, and has lived in the Nashville area since 1991.