She Just Wants the News
In 1978, one year after Leslie’s painting 7 am News was first published in American Painting: From the Colonial Period to the Present, Leslie added a small landscape and cartoon series to the inside pages of his subject’s newspaper. The finished painting was later published in the October 1980 issue of LIFE Magazine, accompanying an article about new American realism. Two years later, in 1982, the first version of 7 am News appeared once again, this time in The Wilson Quarterly to accompany an article about video versus print news with this poignant caption, “If this pensive young woman in Alfred Leslie’s Seven A.M. News is an average American consumer of news, she does not favor ‘news as entertainment,’ or TV news over print, or newspapers that strain to cater only to her whims. Surveys indicate that she just wants the news”.