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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Arts & Culture
6:40 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Younger's Furniture Shines At High Point Market

Meredith Younger Spell in Younger Showroom in High Point
Leoneda Inge

Tens of thousands of furniture retailers, buyers and journalists from more than 100 countries are in High Point this week for the bi-annual High Point Market.  Those in the furniture industry say business is up this year across the country.   That is good news for a state like North Carolina that has been tied to the industry for generations.  Changing Economy Reporter Leoneda Inge visited a showroom in High Point that’s getting a lot of attention this year.

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Business & Economy
6:35 am
Fri October 12, 2012

What's the Status Of North Carolina Women?

Women in North Carolina vote more and have higher levels of education than men, but a new report shows there are still major struggles.

Numbers from the latest “Status of Women in North Carolina” report were presented yesterday in a Nursing Assistants clinical lab at Wake Tech, where most of the students are women.  This is Hope Marr’s second week in the program. The 24-year-old single mom was in Business Management at NC-State, but had to drop out.

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Science & Technology
6:55 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Ag Biotech Summit In Raleigh

An “Ag-Biotech Summit” gets underway in Raleigh today.  It’s the first gathering of its kind in the state.  It will focus on shaping a new “bio-economy.”

Leoneda Inge:  Gwyn Riddick is the Vice-President of Ag-Biotech at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.  He says Agriculture and Biotechnology are the state’s biggest industries.

Gwyn Riddick:  Agriculture which is considered to be around $71-billion dollars, that’s with a “B.” And then Biotechnology, at $64-billion.

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Business & Economy
4:03 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

NC Fish House Inventory Shows Promise

Workers head shrimp at O'Neal's Sea Harvest in Wanchese, NC.
Leoneda Inge

The past decade has been especially hard on one of North Carolina’s most treasured industries.  Since 2000,  the coast has lost 36-percent of its fish houses. That’s where fishermen sell and deliver their catch for wholesale distribution.  A new fish house inventory funded by North Carolina Sea Grant shows the rate of closings has slowed.  Changing Economy Reporter Leoneda Inge visited a fish house on the Outer Banks that has worked to turn its business around.

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Business & Economy
7:20 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Lenovo To Build Computers In NC

Most of the computers sold in the United States are made somewhere else in the world.  That includes computers made by Lenovo.  But yesterday, the computer giant announced it will soon open its first U.S. based manufacturing plant.  And that plant will be in North Carolina.

Lenovo has been moving like lightening during the past 18 months.  The company has gone from 400 retail stores to four-thousand.  And it’s paid off quarter after quarter.  David Schmook is President of Lenovo for North America. 

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Politics & Government
6:25 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Group Urges Reforms Of Sales Tax

A new report from the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center says it’s time for the state to collect a more reliable revenue source than the sales tax.

The sales tax is 30-percent of North Carolina’s total tax revenue – that’s about six billion dollars.  But – the non-profit Budget and Tax Center says the state needs to broaden its tax structure.  Alexandra Sirota is director of the Budget and Tax Center. She says it’s time to tax services to help raise revenue instead of counting so heavily on material goods.

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Business & Economy
7:15 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Data Center Boom In North Carolina

The rise in data centers across the state is the topic of discussion today in Winston-Salem.  Leoneda Inge reports.

Most of the biggest data centers are in the western part of the state and in Research Triangle Park.  Big data storage warehouses as in IBM, SAS, Google, Apple and Facebook.  Brooks Raiford is CEO of the North Carolina Technology Association.  NCTA is hosting today’s panel discussion on data centers and why they’re good for the state – even though he admits, they don’t produce a lot of jobs.

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Environment
6:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Environmental Justice Anniversary In Warren County

Community members, activists and friends will meet near Warrenton - northeast of Raleigh - this weekend to mark a historic milestone in the nation’s environmental justice movement.

The Environmental Justice movement was born in Warren County.  The mostly black community of Afton stood up – and laid down in the streets – to try to stop the state from digging a P-C-B contaminated landfill where they lived – as seen on WBTV in 1982.

Voice One:  I don’t want this stuff throwed in my water!

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Business & Economy
7:25 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Roanoke Rapids Theatre Re-Opens

Roanoke Rapids officials are hoping they’ve found the right mix of games and entertainment to create an economic engine for the city near I-95 on the Virginia border.  Roanoke Rapids spent millions of dollars on a theatre named after Dolly Parton’s brother – it failed.  And that was tough for a community that has already been hit hard.  Mayor Emery Doughtie.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Duke CFO Survey Shows Pessimism

The latest Duke University CFO Magazine survey shows rising pessimism among companies in the US and abroad.

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