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
9:20 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Urban Ministries Grateful for "SPENT"

An online game developed to help bring awareness to the needy at Urban Ministries of Durham is helping keep the organization afloat.


McKinney advertising agency developed and launched the online game SPENT earlier this year.  Players live close to the edge of joblessness and homelessness.  And at the end – they’re prompted to donate to Urban Ministries of Durham.  Patrice Nelson is Executive Director of the non-profit.  She says SPENT has brought in 41-thousand dollars so far.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Wed October 26, 2011

SAS Grows Despite Economy

Cary-based SAS has hired nearly 450 US workers this year.

The latest numbers show an increase in unemployment across the state.  But private sector jobs are growing and SAS is an example of that growth. 

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Environment
10:00 am
Mon October 24, 2011

"Fracking" Review Team in Raleigh

The state of North Carolina is undergoing an outside review of its oil and gas regulatory programs.

The state of North Carolina is undergoing an outside review of its oil and gas regulatory programs.  Questions surrounding “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing for natural gas led to the review.

The non-profit reviewing body is called STRONGER – State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc.  It’s made up of state agencies, the oil and gas industry and environmental groups. Wilma Subra is chairwoman of the STRONGER board.  She says they’ve reviewed several states so far, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana and now North Carolina.

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Environment
10:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

North Carolina Studies "Fracking"

The debate over hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is heating up in North Carolina.   The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has the task of preparing a study for lawmakers as they consider whether to allow the controversial drilling technique.  A final report is due in less than a year. Critics of “fracking” want the state to slow down. 

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

B of A Meets With Troubled Mortgage Customers

Bank of America has set up shop in the Raleigh Convention Center to help homeowners teetering on foreclosure. 

Craig Willis says he’s had a lot of sleepless nights worrying about his house in Burlington.

Craig Willis: " I would just hate to give all that up and have to start over doing it again."

Willis got behind on his house payments in 2008, after losing his job and then a divorce.  Jessica Garcia is a Bank of America events manager.  She says they contacted 19-thousand customers within 150 miles of Raleigh inviting them to talk with specialists.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Banking Act Would Give Consumers "Freedom"

Eric Hodge:  North Carolina Congressman Brad Miller has introduced a bill he says will give consumers the power to switch banks if they’re disgruntled over fees. Leoneda Inge reports.

Recent announcements about rising fees from big banks like Bank of America have some consumers mad.  Democrat Brad Miller of Raleigh says that’s why he introduced the “Freedom and Mobility in Banking Act.”

Brad Miller:  "Banks should send money by electronically from one bank to another when you decide you want to transfer your accounts because you weren’t happy with your first bank."

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

NC-Based PPD Sold

North Carolina’s clinical trials industry is seeing a major shift.  The latest example is the purchase of Wilmington-based P-P-D.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

A Celebration of Furniture & Music

More than 200 furniture companies in North Carolina have closed over the past decade. This weekend in High Point – there is a festival to celebrate the region’s unique history. 

The High Point Theatre is hosting the first annual – “Carolina Crossroads – A Celebration of Music and Furniture.”  Tonight the theatre will show the film – “With These Hands.”  It captures the last days of the Hooker Furniture Plant in Martinsville, Virginia.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

SBA Visits Raleigh Denim

The Small Business Administration visited Raleigh to kick-off a new national program to help businesses grow internationally.

Karen Mills is the Administrator for the S-B-A.  She visited "Raleigh Denim" to announce the new State Trade and Export Promotion program.

Karen Mills:  "American manufacturers can still produce world class products, even in textiles."

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Business & Economy
7:35 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Raleigh Gets Another Look at High Speed Rail

The State Department of Transportation has been working on a high speed rail proposal for downtown Raleigh for several years.  Today the public is invited to see an updated plan at the Raleigh convention Center. 

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