Leoneda Inge

Changing Economy Reporter

Leoneda Inge is WUNC's Changing Economy Reporter. She came to North Carolina in 2001 and has spent most of that time tracking job loss and other major changes in the state's Tobacco, Furniture, and Textile industries. In 2006, Leoneda and a team of journalists won an Alfred I. DuPont Award from Columbia University for the series - North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty.  

Leoneda has won several other first place awards - including three Gracie Awards from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, several Associated Press Awards and a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.  

Leoneda has worked in commercial and public radio for many years and has produced reports for news magazines on NPR, Marketplace, and Voice of America.  Leoneda is a graduate of Florida A&M University.  In 1995, Leoneda was named a Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.  In 2008, she received her Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University where she was a Knight-Bagehot Journalism Fellow in Business and Economics.  In 2009, Leoneda traveled to Tokyo, Japan as a fellow with the Foreign Press Center.

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Business & Economy
7:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

SAS Tops "World's Best" List

Cary-based SAS has topped the grand-daddy of Best Places to Work lists.  SAS is number one on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list.  To make the top 25 list – a company has to have more than five-thousand employees, with at least 40-percent of them working outside the company’s home country.  Lisa Pappas is a Customer Experience Tester at SAS.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Research Triangle Park Bus Hits the Road

The RTP tour bus
Credit Leoneda Inge

Business, education and political leaders have given the Research Triangle Foundation a “thumbs-up” on its new, long-awaited master plan for the park.  Now the folks in RTP are selling the new vision across the state.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Fighting Bank Walk-Aways In Durham

Protest signs on abandoned house on East Geer Street in Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

There are neighborhoods in many urban areas across the country with empty, dilapidated houses. Chances are the down economy got the best of the owner resulting in foreclosure.  But in thousands of cases foreclosures have gone wrong like at a house on East Geer (gear) Street in Durham.   For years no one took responsibility for the defaulted mortgage.  That means, the foreclosure was not completed, the structure could not be sold, resulting in blight.  It’s called a “bank walk away.”

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Politics & Government
3:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Brisk Election Day Voting In NC

A steady stream of voters are making their way to the polls this election day across North Carolina.   Elections officials predict as many as two million people will vote today.

Leoneda Inge:  More than two-point-five million people voted early in North Carolina. But not Latarcha Lee of Durham.

Latarcha Lee:  It’s just kind of special like, wait til the last minute, you know.

Leah Tedrick-Moutz isn’t that much of a traditionalist.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Tue November 6, 2012

"Election Protection" Hotline At UNC Law

There’s a toll-free, non-partisan election hotline available for voters with Election Day questions or problems.

Leoneda Inge:  Faculty and staff at UNC’s law school will be fielding calls as part of the national advocacy protection initiative called “Election Protection.” The number to call is – 1-866-OUR-VOTE.  Elizabeth Haddix is senior staff attorney at the UNC Law Center for Civil Rights.  She expects a lot of calls.

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Law
5:45 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Two Plead Guilty In Terror/Murder Plot

Two people, one a former Raleigh school teacher, have pleaded guilty to plotting a murder-for-hire scheme in the Triangle. 

Two defendants in this case have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for hire.  This was not your average shoot to kill murder. Nevine Elshiekh and Shukumbin Sherifi allegedly paid someone five-thousand-dollars to be-head witnesses from a terrorism trial in Raleigh.  Turns out they were paying an FBI informant. 

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Politics & Government
7:35 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Voters In Caswell County

Gordon Bendall assists voter Carolyn Foster in Caswell County
Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina Early Voters have been going to the polls in record numbers.  And political analysts predict the outcome in this state could look a lot like four years ago when the winner of the presidential race won by a hair.

In 2008, most of the 100 counties across North Carolina were definitively for Barack Obama or John McCain.  But there were a handful of counties where the electorate was split right down the middle.   President Obama won Caswell County, for example, by 337 votes.  

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Business & Economy
9:55 am
Mon October 29, 2012

NC Economic Forecast Brings Optimism

The mood was a bit more up-beat at this year’s Economic Forecast Forum in Research Triangle Park.  In recent years, the gatherings have been more about the recession than the recovery.  But, yesterday’s annual forecast forum and luncheon brought out a mix of “optimism” and “reality” that seemed easier for state leaders in politics, banking and business to swallow.

Hundreds of people sipped on iced tea and nibbled on carrot cake as the speeches began  beginning with Governor Bev Perdue.

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Science & Technology
8:30 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Fern Named For Lady Gaga

New Fern Species at Duke -
Credit Leoneda Inge

A group of biologists and researchers at Duke University have discovered a new group of ferns that have DNA they could not ignore. The DNA of this flat-leaved species consistently read, GaGa. So they named their discovery after pop icon Lady GaGa. 

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Early Voting Packs NC Polling Places

NCCU students Johnae Stoutamire and Lateria Watts text friends after early voting.
Leoneda Inge

Thousands of people packed polling places across the state yesterday as early voting began.

North Carolina Central University’s drum-line led a parade of voters in Durham to the student union where they could vote early.  Leotrice Pegues is a senior at NCCU.  She was excited about casting her vote early.   Pegues didn’t get to vote in 2008 because she forgot to switch her registration.

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