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
8:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

CFO Survey Shows Optimistic Job Market

A global business outlook survey conducted by Duke University shows companies are beginning to hire again.

Leoneda Inge:  The quarterly Duke University, CFO Magazine Survey paints a much rosier jobs picture than in the past several quarters.  John Graham is a Finance professor at Duke and director of the survey.   He says Chief Financial Officers are optimistic in 2012.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

"Walk Raleigh" Campaign Gets Nod from City

In January 2012, Matt Tomasulo made nearly 30 "Walk Raleigh" signs and posted them at night.

The City of Raleigh has agreed to begin a pilot program to focus on the growing “Walk Raleigh” movement.

Leoneda Inge:  Yesterday, the Raleigh City Council “sanctioned” nearly 30 street signs secretly posted by Matt Tomasulo.  Tomasulo and his “Walk Raleigh” campaign was featured last month on a special segment aired on the BBC.

Matt Tomasulo:  The general idea is to help people discover how many minutes it is to walk somewhere by foot as opposed to how many miles it might be for somebody to drive.

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Business & Economy
3:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Supporters of Greater Triangle YWCA Speak-Out

A community meeting will take place tonight to discuss the abrupt closing of the Y-W-C-A of the Greater Triangle.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

First Lady Visits North Carolina

First Lady Michelle Obama greets military families at Raleigh-Durham International Airport
First Lady's Office

The Obamas are spending a lot of time in North Carolina as the Democratic National Convention draws near. 

Leoneda Inge:  First Lady Michelle Obama was in the state for several events yesterday, mixed with Democratic fundraisers. Yesterday, Mrs. Obama met with active military personnel and their families in Raleigh.  The First Lady ended the day in Charlotte meeting with school children to promote her “Let’s Move” fitness campaign.  She also helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CIAA, the oldest African American athletic conference in the country.

Business & Economy
10:50 am
Fri February 24, 2012

State of the Northeast Region Examined

The unemployment rate for the northeast part of the state continues to top 10-percent. But at today’s “Northeast State of the Region” event, economic developers are expected to show there’s positive progress.

Leoneda Inge: Sixteen counties make up Northeast North Carolina. Vann Rogerson is president of the North Carolina Northeast Commission. He says there are several projects underway that will provide a brighter future for the region, like a major grant to connect communities through broadband.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Hundreds at NCCU for Obama HBCU Summit

NCCU Senior Lavonza Holliman waits in line at the Obama HBCU Student Summit.
Leoneda Inge

Young adults came out in droves to support President Barack Obama in 2008. But early poll numbers show the youth vote is not as strong this time around. To help get young voters to the polls, the Obama re-election campaign hosted a national HBCU Student Summit last night at North Carolina Central University in Durham. The “Greater Together” initiative uses social media to try to get young voters to volunteer and register to vote.

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Politics & Government
5:45 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Obama Campaign Holds HBCU Summit

Staff members from President Barak Obama’s re-election campaign are in Durham today. They’re meeting with hundreds of students for a national summit at North Carolina Central University.

Leoneda Inge:  The “Greater Together” National HBCU Student Summit will kick-off like a pep rally. But it will soon get down to business.

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Business & Economy
4:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Caterpillar Chooses Georgia over NC

Caterpillar has decided to build its new plant in Georgia, instead of North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
11:50 am
Wed February 15, 2012

MCNC Honored at the White House

A Triangle non-profit is being honored at the White House today.  MCNC has been named a “Champion of Change” for its work in providing broadband to rural North Carolina.  Joe Freddoso is the President and CEO of MCNC.  He says the first of their two major projects is almost complete.

Science & Technology
11:45 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Life Science Leaders at CED Conference

North Carolina continues to be one of the national hot-beds for the Life Sciences.  Entrepreneurs, scientists and venture capitalists in the field are gathering today and tomorrow in Raleigh.

Leoneda Inge:  The CED Life Science Conference is in its 21st year and is one of the biggest events of its type in the southeast.  The idea is to bring some of the best and brightest Life Science companies face-to-face with investors.  Bob Ingram, a General Partner with Hattaras Venture Partners is one of the events co-chairs.

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