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
6:35 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Report Shows Women Have Advanced

A new report shows the education and economic status of women in North Carolina has improved dramatically in recent decades.

Leoneda Inge: Preliminary findings in the 2012 “Status of Women in North Carolina” report show women have more Associate Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees and graduate degrees than men. Beth Briggs is executive director of the North Carolina Council for Women.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

GOP's Paul Ryan Stumps In Raleigh

Congressman Paul Ryan is back in North Carolina this week. Today he’s scheduled to take part in a defense industry round-table discussion in Fayetteville.  But yesterday in Raleigh – it was all about raising money and rallying the troops.

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Big Test At DNC For "Extraordinary Event" Ordinance

Thousands of political activists, journalists and delegates soon will convene on Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.  Charlotte’s “Extraordinary Event” ordinance remains a hot topic.

Leoneda Inge:  The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union and the City of Charlotte have never been able to agree on all of the rules listed in the relatively new “Extraordinary Event” Ordinance.  Chris Brook, legal director of the state ACLU, is least fond of the rule prohibiting back-packs.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

NC Exports Grow Towards South America

North Carolina’s list of top international trading partners is showing growth from Central and South America.

Leoneda Inge:  The country with the largest percentage of growth is Brazil.  Since last year, North Carolina exports there increased by 37-percent from the year before.  Brazil ranks number 10 on the state’s list of top business partners.  Jean Davis heads international trade for the state Commerce Department.   She just returned from a meeting in San Juan and says Central and South America is a real target.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

BB&T Expands Banking to South Florida

Winston-Salem-based BB&T is moving forward with plans to expand its banking operations in southeast Florida.

Leoneda Inge:  BB&T is one of the oldest and largest banks under the state’s banking supervision.   Ray Grace is North Carolina’s Acting Commissioner of Banks.  He says acquiring Bank Atlantic restores the luster to BB&T’s image as a growing institution after PNC’s acquisition of RBC.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

"Dreamer Loan" for Young Illegal Immigrants

The Latino Community Credit Union is offering a special “Dreamer Loan” for undocumented youth applying for the government initiative called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”

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Sports
7:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Duke Olympians Return With Medals

Coach "K" greets fellow Duke Olympians Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory at RDU
Leoneda Inge

A crowd gathered at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last night to greet members of the Duke University family returning with medals from the London Olympics.

Leoneda Inge:  Duke University is celebrating a bronze, a silver, and a gold medal from the Olympics.  Abby Johnston showed off her silver medal in synchronized diving.  She says the experience was better than she could have ever imagined.

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Sports
9:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Junior Nationals Groomed Duke Olympic Divers

Medals await Junior Diving Champion
Leoneda Inge

The Olympic Games in London are wrapping up but not before more diving.  Nick McCrory of Chapel Hill is one of the top divers in the world and will be competing in the individual 10-meter platform competition today.  He has already captured a bronze medal at the games in synchronized diving.  McCrory is a student and trains at Duke University.  But before Duke and the Olympics,  McCrory competed in swimming competitions like the Junior Nationals which have been underway this week in Greensboro.

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Health
9:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

AIDS Drugs for Low-Income Patients

Federal money will help get HIV and AIDS drugs to North Carolinians waiting for financial help.

Leoneda Inge: There are about 280 HIV and AIDS patients in the state on a waiting list to help pay for life-sustaining drugs. The state received three-million-dollars from the Health Resources and Service Administration to go toward funding the Aids Drug Assistance Program. Lisa Hazirjian heads the North Carolina Aids Action Network.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Duke Energy Announces Rate Cuts

Duke Energy announced its first in a series of rate cuts.

Leoneda Inge:  Duke Energy and Progress Energy promised if the companies were allowed to merge they would implement millions of dollars in utility rate cuts one month after the merger was approved.  The first round of cuts comes to about 89-million dollars.

Inge:  Yeah, I was just about to say, it’s about a dollar a month, hugh?

Tom Williams: It’s about a dollar month, but you know we have just begun this process

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