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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Science & Technology
8:20 am
Wed September 12, 2012

RTI Boasts New Solar Energy Technology

A North Carolina research firm says it's taken a significant step toward making solar energy a widely-marketable source of electricity. RTI International says its new solar cells use an ink-like material produced at much lower cost than traditional silicon panels. Jay Lewis is a senior research scientist with the RTP nonprofit.

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Economy
7:09 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Positive Employment Outlook For NC

Numbers released today by the employment firm Manpower show a favorable job market for North Carolina.  Leoneda Inge reports.

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Politics & Government
6:20 am
Fri September 7, 2012

NC Democrats Leave DNC Ready To Work

Stella Adams of Durham
Leoneda Inge

The North Carolina Democratic delegation says it’s pumped up and ready to return home and motivate voters.

William Flyth of Brunswick County says since retirement he’s been busy working to register voters. The retired chemist says he’s ready to work even harder.

William Flyth:  I started get out the vote campaign among African American churches before I arrived and I plan to double down on that when I return home.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Democrats Working For African American Vote

T-shirts for sale in downtown Charlotte during the DNC
Leoneda Inge

President Barack Obama is preparing to address the nation tonight and make his plea for “Four More Years.”  In 2008 – many analysts say it was the African American vote that put the president over the top in battleground states like North Carolina.  But is this constituency as “fired up” and “ready to go” in 2012?  Leoneda Inge reports from the Democratic convention in Charlotte.

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Politics & Government
1:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Duke Student DNC Delegate

The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte is especially exciting for a growing group of youth delegates.  Elena Botella says she’s pumped up!  The Duke University senior helped campaign for President Obama as a senior in high school but was too young to vote for him. Botella says there are a lot of students like her still involved.

Politics & Government
6:35 am
Thu September 6, 2012

North Carolina DNC Delegates Front and Center

Denise Adams is a DNC Delegate from Winston-Salem.
Leoneda Inge

Tonight in Charlotte is the night President Obama accepts his nomination for a second term in the White House.  State Senator Floyd McKissick of Durham attended his first Democratic National Convention in 1988.  He says this convention is the most exciting and the most important.

Health
11:44 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Olympian Gabby Douglas Visits Charlotte

Olympian Gabby Douglas was in Charlotte for a "Kids' Health Goes Gold" event

A new children’s health initiative is using the London Olympics and the Democratic National Convention to promote better health on the ground. 

Children of all ages were pretty giddy.  They were meeting Olympic Gold medal Gymnist Gabby Douglas.

Jailiah Zanders:  "I was really excited to see the fab five and I was more excited about coming to see Gabby Douglas because she is one of my role models."

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Politics & Government
9:20 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Street Party Kicks Off DNC Week

Dr. Scott Poppen with Doctors for America greets "patients" at Carolina Fest in Charlotte
Leoneda Inge

Downtown Charlotte was packed yesterday with locals and thousands of guests in town for the Democratic National Convention.

The Johnson C. Smith University Marching Band kicked off the massive Carolina Fest street party. Dawne McCain lives in Charlotte. She enjoyed all the foot traffic coming by her jewelry booth during the festival.

Politics & Government
8:15 am
Mon September 3, 2012

State DNC Delegates Head To Charlotte

UNC Freshman Vibhav Kollu is the youngest North Carolina Delegate
Leoneda Inge

The 2012 Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte tomorrow.  And the North Carolina delegation will be one of the state’s most diverse ever.  There are more delegates of color, and for the first time there is an auxiliary group for Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Sexual and Trans-gendered delegates. 

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It’s the beginning of the school year and college students are everywhere on the U-N-C Chapel Hill campus.   And it’s clearly campaign season.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Mortgage Settlement Oversight Board

A former North Carolina governor is one of five people selected to serve on the board overseeing the national mortgage settlement.

Leoneda Inge: James Holshouser is joined by Keith Pigues (pig-gees), Dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University and Bonnie Hancock, with the N-C State Poole College of Management. Joseph Smith is national mortgage settlement monitor and former North Carolina Commissioner of Banks. He says the oversight office is like a small company.

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