Leitner has received a journalism award for her work as a reporter in suburban Phoenix.
The Associated Press Managing Editors of Arizona honored her Saturday for her work as a police reporter for the East Valley Tribune. Leitner left her job in October.
Leitner was on a reporting team that won first place in APME's public service reporting category for a series on a rash of swimming pool drownings involving children. Other reporters on the project were Garin Groff, Toni Laxson and Justin Schmid.
The series looked at the impact of drownings on families and the problems facing those who survive near-drownings, and one community's decision on whether to require pool fences.
The fourth version of the CBS Survivor show is set in the South Pacific. Leitner was one of nine contestants remaining after Thursday's episode.