Born and raised in the 516 --- also known to many as Long Island, NY, Khaaliq 'Leeky' Crowder is currently a senior at the University of New Haven majoring in communications (with a concentration in journalism) and three minors under his belt: black studies, photography & theatre arts. He just finished up a summer internship at HOT 97 in nearby New York City as well as a remote internship with the online urban outlet Hip-HopDX. Now he is working with VIBE Magazine (now owned by Billboard Music Group) as a paid editorial intern. He is a talk show host on WNHU-2 dishing out the latest black celebrity news and topics of the week. On campus, he is apart of the Black Student Union, the oldest multicultural organization on UNH's campus, where he is the executive assistant. He has previously written for the HerCampus and Odyssey chapters for UNH. He previously served as the staff photographer for the UNH's Yearbook Club and worked as a staff writer for The Charger Bulletin (UNH's student newspaper). He is in planning to charter an NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) chapter on UNH's campus. Off-campus he has contributed to YES! Magazine, Blavity, VIBE (of course!!), Caged Bird Magazine and Holonis.
Leeky has attended his first national conference for NABJ in 2018 where he was able to blog about his experience for his school's newsletter. Long-term speaking, his goal to move to the south or the west coast and pursue his dream as a radio/television personality dishing out black celebrity/pop culture news and hosting red carpet events like the greats -- Wendy Williams, Giuliana Rancic, Perez Hilton, Oprah Winfrey & Charlamagne tha God. (Yes The Shade Room and TheRoot.com is his holy bible.) He is a student member of NABJ (including the New York & Southern New England chapters), Grammy U, African-American Film Critics Association and NLGJA (Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists).