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
5:00 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

NC Jobless Rate Up Slightly In January

North Carolina’s jobless rate inched up a bit during the month of January. The latest numbers were released today.

Business & Economy
7:00 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Agriculture Leaders Head to China

North Carolina’s Commissioner of Agriculture is in China this week. This is the second trip to that country since 2009. 

Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler doesn’t necessarily like the long air plane trip to China.   But he says it’s worth it.  Troxler says after the 2009 trade mission – China increased its purchase of North Carolina tobacco by close to 40-percent.  Sales of soybeans and cotton also increased.

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Business & Economy
7:00 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Census Shows NC Still Growing

The 2010 Census numbers are out for North Carolina.  It’s no surprise – we’re still growing. There are now 9-point-5 million people living in the state – an increase of 18-point-5-percent. Metropolitan areas including Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem and Wilmington witnessed tremendous growth this past decade.  Experts say the latest numbers show North Carolina is becoming increasingly more urban and metropolitan. 

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Business & Economy
5:40 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

US Minority Business Leader at Duke

Durham-area business owners got the chance to have some face-time with the head of the U-S Minority Business Development Agency.

Robin Costello is a Vice President at Piedmont Investment Advisors. The company is 10 years old managing three-and-a-half billion dollars in investments.

Robin Costello:  "The corporate."

David Hinson:  "We’re working on it."

Robin Costello:  "It’s hard."

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Trying to Make Ends Meet in "SPENT"

Reporter Leoneda Inge visited Urban Ministries to try out this new game – appropriately named – SPENT

North Carolina has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation during this recent economic downturn. Families have had to be strategic about paying rent and buying food while looking for work.  It’s almost like a real-life game of chance – one that’s extremely hard to win.  Hard life lessons are what spurred the national advertising agency – McKinney – to create an online game to bring attention to the needy on behalf of Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Science & Technology
9:00 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Biotech Life Science Conference in Raleigh

The Raleigh Convention Center will be packed today and tomorrow for the annual CED Biotech Life Science Conference.  .

The economy is showing signs of improvement – and organizers of the annual Biotech Conference say that’s good for the life sciences. More than one thousand people are expected to attend – emerging biotech companies, policymakers and venture capitalists – looking for the next big thing. Bill Wofford – a partner at Hutchinson Law Group is a conference co-chair.  He says in a promotional video, there will be a lot of partnering going on.

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Business & Economy
4:50 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Borders Bankruptcy Hits Triangle Hard

The Triangle will be hit especially hard when Borders Books closes several of its stores.


By April – the Borders Group will close about 30-percent of what the company calls its under-performing stores.  Borders’ reorganization plan was reveled yesterday when owners announced they are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Arts & Culture
4:50 am
Tue February 15, 2011

MLK Speaks of Dream at Wake Forest

Eric Hodge:  An audience at Wake Forest University was among the first to hear parts of Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech. King delivered the address 10 months before the historic speech in Washington, DC.   Inge reports.

On October 11, 1962 – Martin Luther King Junior spoke at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University.

" This will be the day when all of God’s children, black men and white men…"

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Pauli Murray - Before Her Time

Pauli Murray mural in downtown Durham
Credit Face Up Project, Center for Documentary Studie

Celebrations continue to honor Pauli Murray - author, civil rights activist, poet, lawyer, and priest - during the 100th anniversary year of her birth.

There are murals of a woman in downtown Durham who was obscure to the population until just about a year ago. Her name is Pauli Murray. Murray was raised in Durham and went on to become a civil rights leader, co-founder of the National Organization for Women and the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest. Durham residents have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of Murray’s birth. There is a Pauli Murray Project at Duke University named for her and even a play in her honor. 

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri February 11, 2011

ConAgra Explosion Featured in Safety Video

Credit U.S. Chemical Safety Board

The deadly explosion at the Con-Agra Foods plant near Garner has resulted in a safety video to help prevent future tragedies. 

The video was produced by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. It’s called “Deadly Practices” and begins like this.

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