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
7:35 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Report: NC Manufacturing Jobs, New And Modern

President Obama visited Vacon in RTP earlier this year. Vacon is a global leader in developing AC drives.
Credit White House

Manufacturing jobs across the state are holding steady in some regions.  A report released Thursday takes a look at modern manufacturing and how it can help North Carolina thrive.

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) says the formula for creating a new manufacturing platform in the state is re-branding, networking and training youth, as young as possible.

Anita Brown-Graham is director of the Institute.  She says you can also let people know how much money they can make.

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Business & Economy
9:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Credit Union Merger: Generations And Self-Help

Generations Community Credit Union is located on Main Street in downtown Durham.
Credit Generations Community Credit Union

The credit union landscape has changed a little across North Carolina.  Durham-based Generations Community Credit Union has merged with Self-Help Credit Union.

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Education
7:37 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Chuck Stone, UNC Professor And Pioneering Journalist, Dies

Former UNC Journalism Professor Chuck Stone died Sunday. He was 89.
Credit University of North Carolina

A much-admired former journalism professor at UNC-Chapel Hill died Sunday. 

Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone, Jr. taught at the university from 1991 until he retired in 2005.

Stone was one of the founding members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and he was the first African American columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News.

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Business & Economy
7:34 am
Mon April 7, 2014

High Point Market Open For Furniture Business

High Point Market kicked off with Stanley Furniture announcing it would halt production of its 'Young America' line.
Credit Stanley Furniture

Fashion designers and innovators in the home furnishings world are in High Point this week for the bi-annual market.

More than 2,000 exhibitors fill the furniture and home furnishing showrooms of High Point. 

Kelly Edwards has produced High Point Market videos for the web.  Buyers tell her, “There’s always brass and vintage brass is really hot right now.  Anything antique to brass." 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Takes Over Durham

The Full Frame Theater at Durham's American Tobacco Historic District is where some of this year's documentaries will be seen.
Credit Gurnal Scott

Documentary film enthusiasts are in downtown Durham today through Sunday for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  City leaders like the business. 

There could easily be an extra 12,000 to 13,000 people packed in a few city blocks because of Full Frame.

“And they’ll be laughing and smiling and talking about the films that they’ve seen.  It’s really a great, great event.”

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Business & Economy
8:47 am
Wed March 26, 2014

"Clearing The Pathway For Business" At Executive Networking Conference For Minorities

Willie Deese, Executive VP and President, Merck Manufacturing, will host the Annual Willie Deese CEO Dinner at the "Executive Networking Conference."
Credit www.merck.com

Hundreds of people in business, government, and the non-profit sector are meeting in Durham this week to discuss ways to grow minority and women-owned businesses.

This year’s Executive Networking Conference at the Washington-Duke Inn and Golf Club will include congressmen and leaders in supplier diversity.

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Business & Economy
7:46 am
Mon March 24, 2014

What's In Your Virtual Wallet? Durham Bakery Accepts 'Bitcoin'

Brad Wheeler helped start the "Triangle Bitcoin Meetup."
Credit Leoneda Inge

If you have never heard of a “Bitcoin,” you are not alone.  Even though the digital currency continues to get a lot of attention around the world, it’s been slow to catch on in most pockets of the US, including North Carolina.

But that may be about to change in the Triangle.

There is one brick and mortar business in the Triangle that accepts Bitcoin., and that’s Rise Biscuits and Donuts in Durham.

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Business & Economy
7:37 am
Fri March 21, 2014

"Recruit Military" Job Fair A Hit In Raleigh

Matthew Morrow of Merck talks with veterans at "Recruit Military" job fair.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Hundreds of military veterans from across the Triangle region and beyond packed a special job fair Thursday in Raleigh. 

This job fair at Carter-Finley Stadium was for veterans like Jimmy Hicks of Cameron, near Ft. Bragg.

“Usually I get at least one or two calls back when I attend a job fair," said Hicks.  “Hey, if you get one, I think that’s a good thing."

Hicks retired from the Army in 2000.  He's looking for a career in telecommunications.  His job with Verizon was outsourced some years ago.

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Politics & Government
8:08 am
Sat March 15, 2014

NC Says Good-Bye To Earned Income Tax Credit, Only State To Do So In 30 Years

Close to one million North Carolina families help make ends meet with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Credit Community Action Partnership of Riverside County

There are just a few more weeks before tax season wraps up.  And many low to moderate income North Carolina families are being reminded this is the last tax season they can claim the state Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC.

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Business & Economy
7:59 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Survey: Companies Don't Like $10 Hour Minimum Wage

Duke-CFO Magazine surveys Chief Financial Officers about raising the minimum wage.
Credit bestclipartblog.com

Chief Financial Officers say increasing the national minimum wage to $10 an hour could have negative consequences.

The latest survey by Duke University and CFO Magazine shows companies would cut jobs or reduce hiring if the minimum wage rose to $10 an hour. 

Duke Finance Professor John Graham says nearly half of retail firms and one-third of service and manufacturing companies said they would decrease hiring plans.

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