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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Arts & Culture
7:05 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Turning To Baking In A Tough Economy

Lavinia "Big Boss" Hensley
Leoneda Inge

The current state of the economy has shaken up countless careers, especially if you were in the housing construction business. But in a neighborhood outside High Point, one woman who used to build homes now uses her own home as a bakery. She said it was time to do the one thing she knew best and Big Boss Baking Company was born. Leoneda Inge has this report for our series, “Breaking into the Food Biz.”

Lavinia Hensley:  Hey come on in, how are you. You found us. See you weren’t too far.
Leoneda Inge: I know. I found it.

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Health
7:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

HIV/AIDS Conference In Raleigh

A network of health experts, policymakers and advocates in the fight against AIDS are gathering for a conference today near the state capitol.

Leoneda Inge: The rate of new HIV cases in North Carolina is 41-percent higher than the national rate. Lisa Hazirjian is the Executive Director of North Carolina AIDS Action Network.

Lisa Hazirjian: It is very scary and it’s part of a southern situation where throughout the southeast we see disproportionately high incidents of new HIV infections.

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Education
7:10 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Praise For "The Walking Classroom"

Fifth Grader Amelia Fenn holds her "walk-kit."
Walking Classroom

A Chapel Hill non-profit has been recognized nationally for developing a program that targets childhood obesity while helping students learn.  The program is called “The Walking Classroom.”

Leoneda Inge:  The Walking Classroom Institute is about one year old and was started by former 5th grade teacher Laura Fenn.

Laura Fenn:  What I did is one day, when I was home after school, I went out for a walk and I was listening to a podcast while I was walking and I thought to myself, my students can do this.

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Arts & Culture
6:45 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Farmers' Market On Wheels

LoMo Market Founder/CEO Guenevere Abernathy inside the mobile unit with customers.
Leoneda Inge

Durham has a pretty tasty reputation when it comes to food.  Nationally ranked restaurants and a burgeoning food truck scene keeps food-types buzzing.  But moving in between the ice cream and burger trucks is a fresh food truck called LoMo Market.  The idea is to bring fresh food to busy residents who can afford it but may not have time to get to the store.  Leoneda Inge has the first report for our series, “Breaking into the Food Biz.”

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Environment
6:05 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Global North Carolina "Heat-Map"

UNC’s Center for International Understanding has partnered with SAS to develop a new tool to better understand the state’s “global” footprint.

Leoneda Inge:  The Global North Carolina Heat Map is believed to be the first of its kind.  Adam Hartzell is executive director of The Center for International Understanding.   He says the idea is to find out how global we really are.  

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Business & Economy
3:20 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

State Of Research Triangle Region

Charles Hayes speaks at State of Research Triangle Region 2012.
Gerry Collins Photography

Business Leaders, economic developers and other stakeholders came out in the hundreds to hear yesterday’s State of the Research Triangle Region address.

Leoneda Inge: Charles Hayes is President and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. He says in 2011 the region’s population grew by nearly two percent and wages grew by almost five-percent. But job growth is still slow. Hayes says since their economic plan was implemented in 2009 the 13 county region has added only 22,400 jobs.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Survey Looks At Women Business Leaders

A new survey released by UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School shows significant managerial and gender gaps on the perception of how women business leaders are developed.

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Business & Economy
6:55 am
Tue May 15, 2012

North Carolina Exports Hit Record Level

North Carolina is manufacturing, selling and shipping a record number of goods according to latest numbers.  

Leoneda Inge:  Governor Bev Perdue’s office says North Carolina shipped 27-billion dollars in merchandise last year, a record.   It’s eight-percent higher than the year before.  And it’s 60 percent higher than a decade ago.  Derek Chen is the Director of Foreign Operations for the state Commerce Department.  He says the growth is phenomenal.

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Politics & Government
9:35 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Canadian Consulate To Close In Raleigh

The rumors were correct.  The Canadian government has decided to close its consulate in Raleigh in the next couple of months. Some other Canadian trade offices will close as well.

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Politics & Government
8:45 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Republican Run-Offs Expected

In the Council of State races, Republicans appear headed for several run offs.

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