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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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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Business & Economy
6:35 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Duke-Progress File "Market Power" Plan

Duke and Progress Energy have filed an updated merger plan with federal regulators.  The companies filed a “market power” mitigation plan they hope will move the process along.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Raleigh Canadian Trade Office May Close

The United States is home to 21 Canadian consular and trade offices. That doesn’t include the embassy in Washington, DC.  But budget talks are underway in Ottawa to trim that number.  And the casualties could be the smaller, satellite trade offices in cities like Raleigh.  North Carolina officials and business leaders are frowning at the idea of losing the Raleigh office at a time when federal and state governments are pushing to expand exports and create jobs. 

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Business & Economy
6:35 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Support for Export-Import Bank

A North Carolina business is calling on the U-S Senate to stop its partisan bickering and re-authorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

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Environment
7:25 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Public Meeting on "Fracking" Report

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is ready to present its draft report on hydraulic fracturing.   This is the controversial process used to extract natural gas from shale rock underground.

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Arts & Culture
6:05 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

El Anatsui Exhibit at Museum of Art

El Anatsui's "Sacred Moon," 2007, aluminum and copper wire.
NCMA

A new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art offers visitors an unprecedented chance to follow the 40 year career of one of Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

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Sports
2:50 am
Fri March 16, 2012

March Madness for College Start-Ups

Tom Giedgowd and UVA placed fourth with "Tee Gee" at Startup Madness
Leoneda Inge

It’s March Madness for college basketball fans.  But teams of student entrepreneurs gathered in Durham this week for Start-up Madness.

Niki Kohari:  Can you guys feel the March Madness in the air!

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Wed March 14, 2012

NC Job Growth in Business Services

North Carolina’s unemployment rate has remained over 10-percent for the past year.   Despite the high rate, one sector continues to experience growth.

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Law
9:20 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban Fails

The Chapel Hill town council failed to approve a cell phone ban on motorists at last night’s meeting.

Leoneda Inge:  The vote was four-to-four, one council member was absent.  This was the first reading of the controversial ordinance that would ban motorists from talking on cell phones except in an emergency.  Councilwoman Penny Rich introduced the ordinance.  She says she’s glad there will be another vote.

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Law
9:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Chapel Hill to Vote on Cell Phone Ban

Town of Chapel Hill officials are scheduled to vote tonight on banning the use of cell phones while driving.

Leoneda Inge:  Members of the Chapel Hill town council have heard all sides of the cell-phone-while-driving debate.   An emotional Karen Turner came down from Asheville to speak at last month’s public hearing.   Her brother Joel Severson was killed on I-40 in an accident triggered by a driver who was texting.

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