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
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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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Two Duke Energy Board Members Resign

Duke Energy is looking for new board members since the resignation of two former Progress Energy directors. 

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Raleigh Metro Shines in Economic Recovery

The latest unemployment numbers released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce show an increase in most of the state's 100 counties. And when you cross county lines and combine cities into metro areas, the jobless rate still seems to be on the rise again. But there is one area of the state that continues to out-perform all others, the Raleigh - Cary metropolitan area.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Watchdog Continues Duke Progress Merger Fight

The watch-dog group NC Warn continues to fight against the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy.  Yesterday the group filed motions with state regulators to try to re-open the merger hearings.

Leoneda Inge:  One claim NC Warn is making involves more than two-billion dollars Duke Energy plans to spend repairing and upgrading Progress Energy’s nuclear plants.   Jim Warren is executive director of NC Warn. He says Duke Power never disclosed that figure during the merger hearings. Warren fears customers will end up paying in the end.

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Arts & Culture
6:10 am
Wed July 25, 2012

DPAC Ticket Sales #2 in the World

The Durham Performing Arts Center finished the first half of 2012 in grand style.   New numbers put DPAC ticket sales higher than New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Nokia Theatre in LA. 

Leoneda Inge:  One of the shows that likely put DPAC over the top was you guess it “Wicked.”

Wicked:  I hope you’re happy! I hope you’re happy now!

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Business & Economy
5:50 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Duke Energy Board Members Testify

There were signs early in the Duke-Progress Energy merger process that Bill Johnson would not have a long tenure at the combined company.  Ann Gray is the lead director on the Duke Energy board of directors.   She told the North Carolina Utilities Commission today the board did not have a good impression of Johnson at one of their first meetings in 2010.

Ann Gray:  He did describe himself as being an individual who likes to learn but not be taught. That was an expression that stayed with our board and we watched for that to develop.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Ousted Duke Energy CEO Bill Johnson Speaks

The North Carolina Utilities Commission spent hours yesterday questioning ousted Duke Energy CEO Bill Johnson.  The former Progress Energy leader says he was stunned by the controversial turn of events that transpired once the two companies merged.

Edward Finley:  There were no issues with respect to who would be the president and who would be the CEO.

Bill Johnson:  No, there were a lot of interesting questions and issues in the hearings, but that was not one of them.

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Arts & Culture
6:35 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Saint Pauli Murray Celebrated

Pauli Murray quilt by African American Quilt Circle on display at St. Titus' Episcopal Church.
Leoneda Inge

The Durham community celebrated the life of Pauli Murray last evening. But this year the celebration marked the Episcopal Priest’s sainthood.

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Business & Economy
6:25 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Durham Revitalization Project on Southside

The City of Durham has struggled for decades to revitalize a section downtown near the Durham Freeway.  Today there is a groundbreaking to celebrate new plans for the area. 

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Arts & Culture
5:45 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Krispy Kreme Celebrates 75 Years

Ron and Kim Schields are spending the year crossing the country in the Krispy Kreme Cruiser.
Leoneda Inge

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is celebrating its 75th birthday today. That perfectly round original glazed doughnut was born in Winston-Salem and that's where its headquarters remains. Leoneda Inge visited Krispy Kreme workers and fans who say the company's longevity is directly related to its family atmosphere and dedication to the Krispy Kreme brand.

Leoneda Inge: Krispy Kreme has been serenaded, mocked, and adored by people all over the world - just check out YouTube.

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