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
9:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

NC Jobless Rate Drops in November

The unemployment rate in North Carolina now sits at 10-percent.   It’s almost a half point lower than the month before but still a lot higher than the national rate.

Arts & Culture
7:05 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Special Donation in Wake Red Kettle

The Salvation Army staff in Wake County is celebrating a successful year.  But it was another close one.   Gifts and donations from the last couple of weeks made the difference, including a special donation over the weekend. 

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Duke - CFO Magazine Sees Optimism

A survey by Duke University shows Chief Financial Officers from across the country were more optimistic the last quarter of the year than in earlier months.

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Business & Economy
6:35 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Careful Holiday Spending

Holiday spending cash – or the lack of it – is on the minds of many people this time of year.  There is a group of North Carolina state employees whose job is to make sure budgets are balanced and audits are perfect.  More than 300 of these fiscal agents gathered in Raleigh this week and were asked how they were planning on spending their holiday cash this season.

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Business & Economy
7:05 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Fiscal Agents Discuss State's Financial Outlook

Fiscal agents throughout North Carolina government and the university and community college system gathered in Raleigh yesterday to address fiscal challenges facing the state. 

Scott Ralls is President of the state community college system.  The recession hit around the time he took the helm.

Scott Ralls:  "It certainly has been a challenge, not just because the loss of revenue that has been challenging to budget and prioritize, but also the very significant increase in demand that we simultaneously faced during that timeframe."

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Business & Economy
9:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Martin Marietta Seeks to Take Over Rival

Raleigh-based Martin Marietta wants to merge with its main competitor.  What started out as a private negotiation is now a hostile takeover.

Martin Marietta wants to merge with Birmingham, Alabama-based Vulcan Materials.  The two companies are the U-S leaders in the production of rock, gravel, sand and other building materials.   Ward Nye is the C-E-O of Martin Marietta.

Ward Nye:  "As is well know, these last few years have been challenging for our industry given economic recession and reduction in infrastructure, commercial and residential construction projects."

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Arts & Culture
6:25 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Looking for Black Santa

Black Santa figurine sits on a mantel at the Matory Home in Durham, NC.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Durham, North Carolina is one of the most diverse communities in the state. Mayor Bill Bell likes to say it’s the city with NO racial majority. Then why is it so hard to find an African American Santa Claus?

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Law
9:02 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

NC Lawyers Get Training in Mineral Rights

There are a lot of legal questions surrounding the potential for shale gas drilling and exploration in North Carolina.  A workshop is set for tomorrow to help bring lawyers up to speed.

The half-day workshop is to give North Carolina attorneys an introduction to natural gas drilling, mineral rights and leasing land to conduct drilling.  Ted Feitshans is an extension associate professor at N-C State and will help conduct the workshop.  He says property owners need help before negotiating with natural gas companies.

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Business & Economy
7:55 am
Thu December 1, 2011

"Occupy" Protestors Face Wells Fargo CEO

The head of Wells Fargo Bank addressed a crowd at N-C State University yesterday.   But there was a break in the script once protesters from the “occupy” movement interrupted the speech and were eventually escorted out.

It was no secret – the scheduled speech by Wells Fargo C-E-O John Stumpf would definitely be interrupted.  The only question was WHEN.  Stumpf opened his speech at N-C State’s Poole College of Management joking about the emails he received from students inviting him out after the talk.

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Business & Economy
8:15 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Raleigh Grows Despite Recession

The recession that began four years ago is still holding many communities across the country hostage.  Homes continue to fall into foreclosure and long-term employees are again looking for work.  But there are some areas in the United States that are recovering quite well during this down-turn.   And one of those metropolitan areas includes Raleigh.

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