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
6:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

New Report Looks at "Tipped" Workers

The non-profit North Carolina Justice Center is trying to bring attention to sub-minimum wage workers this Valentine’s Day. Most of these workers are in food service relying on tips.

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Business & Economy
7:05 am
Mon February 13, 2012

NC Banking Official to Oversee Mortgage Settlement

Economists and politicians say the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks is perfect for the job of overseeing the new national mortgage settlement, but they say it won’t be easy.

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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Study Shows Decline in "Homegrown" Terrorism

It was feared there would be a dramatic rise in home-grown terrorism in the United States post 9-11.   But a North Carolina-based report shows that didn’t happen. 

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Education
6:20 am
Wed February 8, 2012

"Gen Z" in the Workplace

Generation "Z" college students Enioluwafe Ojo, Andriy Shymonyak, Allyson Brake and Xavier Primus attend the 2012 Emerging Issues Forum at Raleigh Convention Center.
Leoneda Inge

North Carolina’s workforce continues to evolve as the economy evolves and digs its way out of the last recession.  The Institute for Emerging Issues at N-C State says in order to continue this positive trend, it is imperative for the state to begin strategically investing in Generation “Z.”  Most of the young people making up Generation “Z” were born in the 1990s and are approaching college age. Even though this group is the nation’s most diverse and most technologically savvy, how will they fit into the workplace of the future?

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Education
7:15 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Emerging Issues Forum Takes on "Gen Z"

This year’s Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh is taking a close-up look at the so-called Generation “Z.”  The conference sets out to better understand and prepare this age group.

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Education
6:45 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Mary DBT Semans Remembered at Duke Chapel

Funeral Services for Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans at Duke Chapel.
Duke University

The Duke family and hundreds of their closest friends and supporters filled Duke Chapel yesterday in Durham to say good-bye to Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans.   Duke President Richard Brodhead described Semans as the university’s principal link to Duke’s founding generation.  Leoneda Inge produced this audio postcard from Semans’ funeral.

Music performer:  The Ciompi Quartet

The Rev. Dennis Campbell:  When Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was born Duke University was no more than a twinkle in her great uncle’s eye.”

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Education
6:05 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Remembering Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

Mary D.B.T Semans
The Duke Endowment

A well-respected civic and philanthropic leader died yesterday in Durham.  Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was the great grand-daughter of Washington Duke - for which Duke University is named.   Family ties also include The American Tobacco Company and what is known today as Duke Energy.  Semans will be remembered for her role in growing the arts in North Carolina, preserving health care for others and her fight for equality for women and African Americans.

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Education
10:30 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Lenovo Launches Mobile "App" High School Program

Lenovo has helped launch a new program that teaches mobile “app” development to high school students.

Leoneda Inge:  Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation are piloting the mobile “app” development program at five high schools across the country – including Apex High School.  Matthew Wight (white) is principal of Apex High School.  He hopes the program will help steer more students towards math, science and other STEM coursework.  He says they are excited.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Treasury Secretary Visits Siemens

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will be in North Carolina today taking a tour of the new Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub.

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Business & Economy
6:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Keeping the Triangle "Livable"

A leading Smart Growth advocate is visiting the Triangle today to speak on lessons in “Livability” for the 21st Century.  Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Portland says he’s impressed with urban revitalization projects like the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham.  But he says planners and politicians are running out of time if they want to develop mass transit to maintain the Triangle’s current quality of life.

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