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
8:30 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Thousands to Lose Extended Jobless Benefits

Thousands of North Carolina residents have been notified that their extended unemployment benefits will expire by the end of the week.

Leoneda Inge:  Notices were sent out to 17-thousand unemployed workers, informing them of the bad news.  The extended jobless benefits from the state kicked-in four years ago, during the recession.  But because of the steady drop in North Carolina’s unemployment rate, the extended benefits, or E-B trigger has stopped.  Larry Parker is a spokesman for the Commerce Department’s Division of Employment Security.

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Politics & Government
9:15 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Jones Faces GOP Challenger

Frank Palombo is challenging Congressman Walter Jones in the 3rd District GOP Primary.
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Congressman Walter Jones has handily won North Carolina’s Third District since 1995.  Now it’s re-election time again and this may be his biggest fight yet.

Leoneda Inge:  For a while, Congressman Walter Jones had a nick-name on Capitol Hill.

Adam Kokesh:  Welcome back to Adam versus the Man. Joining us tonight is Congressman Walter “Freedom Fries,” formerly known as Walter “Freedom Fries” Jones.

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Politics & Government
6:20 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Community Land Trusts Beat Foreclosure

Shirley Sherrod in Durham at the National CLT Network Conference.
Leoneda Inge

There is still a long way to go to make up for all the home foreclosures that besieged the country during the past five years.  But there is one home delivery model that has beaten the odds.  Reports show Community Land Trusts across the United States continue to have substantially lower delinquency and foreclosure rates than home owners in the conventional market.  A national gathering of community development leaders met in Durham this week to take a closer look at Community Land Trusts. 

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Arts & Culture
7:05 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Full Frame Documentary Film Fest in 15th Year

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival begins today. Lovers of non-fiction cinema travel from all over the world to Durham to view this juried competition.

Leoneda Inge:  This is Full Frame’s 15th year.  As many as 12-hundred documentaries pour in from every corner of the globe.  Just over 100 films will be shown during the festival.  That’s a lot of films, ranging from “The Invisible War,” about rape in the military, to a family’s quest to eat local in Alabama.

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Business & Economy
7:30 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Graham County Jobless Rate Tops 20-percent

More than 80 counties across North Carolina experienced a drop in their unemployment rates.  But communities in the eastern and western corners of the state did not fare as well.

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Science & Technology
8:10 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Nanotech Commercialization Conference

The scientific concept of nano-technology became popular in the 1990s.  A conference this week in Durham focuses on the commercial applications of nano-technology.

Leoneda Inge:  Today kicks off a two-day Nanotech Commercialization Conference at American Tobacco in Durham.   John Hardin heads the office of Science and Technology at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, a sponsor of the conference.   He says there will be many researchers at the conference but also many business developers.

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Business & Economy
7:50 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Elizabeth City Air Park Misses Jobs Mark

Hopes and plans for a thriving Elizabeth City Air Park have not panned out over the past year.  Businesses have not been able to create the jobs they promised in this economy.

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Education
9:55 am
Mon April 2, 2012

NC State Celebrates 125th Birthday

NC State University celebrates 125 years
NCSU

Birthday cake and ice cream will be served on NC State’s campus today.   The Wolf-pack is 125-years-old.

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

NC Low in Per Capita Income Growth

There is another sign economic recovery is moving slower in North Carolina than in a lot of other states.   The rate of per capita income growth is among the smallest in the country.

Leoneda Inge:  The US Bureau of Economic Analysis says per capita income growth in North Carolina was 3.3-percent between 2010 and 2011.   The only states with a smaller income growth rate are Maine and Alaska.  Alexandra Sirota is Director of the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center.  She says the state fared better three to four years ago.

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Environment
7:10 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Chapel Hill Public Meeting on "Fracking"

Hannah Shaw outside East Chapel Hill High School
Leoneda Inge

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources got an earful last night in Chapel Hill as the debate over natural gas exploration heats up.  Scientists and everyday citizens packed East Chapel Hill High School to have their say on DENR’s draft report on hydraulic fracturing, sometimes known as “fracking.”  That’s the controversial process used to extract natural gas from shale rock underground.  An overwhelming number of voices at the hearing were against fracking and the negative impact they worry it could have on the environment here.

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