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
9:15 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Veteran CEO Tapped To Lead NC Commerce Privatization Plan

Richard Lindenmuth, new Interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Credit NC Commerce

The state Commerce Department has hired a new leader to re-vamp and privatize economic development across the state.  Richard Lindenmuth is the new Interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

Lindenmuth has served as CEO of more than ten companies, and was president of ITT's Business and Consumer Communications Group in Raleigh.

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker promised a total re-organization of her department.  So, today, she and Governor Pat McCrory announced their choice for head of the new state partnership.

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Business & Economy
7:48 am
Tue January 7, 2014

North Carolina And The Extended Unemployment Debate

Gov. Pat McCrory says his unemployment policy has contributed to NC's economic recovery.
Credit Governor's Office

North Carolina lawmakers, business leaders and economists are touting a positive economic outlook for 2014.

Governor Pat McCrory gives a lot of credit for the state’s economic comeback to his administration’s overhaul of unemployment policy. 

In Washington, lawmakers continue to debate whether to approve a federal unemployment extension for more than one million jobless workers.  It’s an extension many in North Carolina had to do without several months ago.

During a speech in Research Triangle Park, McCrory said he likes what he sees.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Annual Economic Forecast Forum In RTP Looks At Financial Future Of NC

Sen. Richard Burr is one of the scheduled speakers at the 12th Annual Economic Forecast Forum.
Credit US Senate

More than 1,000 leaders in business, government, education and non-profits are gathering this morning in Research Triangle Park for the 12th annual Economic Forecast Forum.

This year’s speakers will include Kelly King, the head of BB&T; Senator Richard Burr and Governor Pat McCrory.

The North Carolina Chamber is one of the event’s program sponsors. Chamber President and CEO Lew Ebert says the year ahead looks bright.

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Education
5:31 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

'The Color Purple' Remains on Brunswick County Reading Lists

"The Color Purple" first edition cover, 1982.
Credit Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

The School Board in Brunswick County has voted to uphold an earlier decision and keep the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Color Purple” on advanced placement reading lists.

The Brunswick County School board voted 3 to 2 in favor of upholding Superintendent Edward Pruden’s decision to keep Alice Walker's “The Color Purple” on school reading lists.  But Pruden says the debate is still not completely resolved.

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Sales Tax Jumps For Manufactured Homes

The T-Ranch manufactured home from Royal Homes starts in the low $100s.
Credit Royal Homes in Raleigh

Mobile and modular homes have traditionally been a top choice for lower-income home buyers.  But the New Year has brought higher taxes for these properties.

The sales tax will jump about two-fold for those buying a modular home.   Sonny Bannister is president of Royal Homes in Raleigh.

"We've been aware of the pending increase for about 90 days and we've been warning our customers of the potential of an increase since that time," said Bannister.

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Law
2:15 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Durham Mayor Pushes Report In Jesus Huerta Death

Durham Mayor is pressing for answers in the death of Jesus Huerta.
Credit Durham Police Department

The mayor of Durham is putting the pressure on law enforcement officials to release the findings of an internal investigation into the death of a teenager while in police custody.

It’s been six weeks since 17-year-old Jesus Huerta died in the backseat of a police car, while handcuffed. Police say he shot himself in the head.

“It’s been out there too long and that is unacceptable for me," said Bell from his office Monday.

Durham Mayor Bill Bell says it’s time to know the details leading to the mysterious shooting of Huerta.

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Business & Economy
1:17 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

'Tag-Team' Parents Better Than 9 To 5 Parents

NC State researchers take a closer look at the down side of having two "9 to 5" working parents.
Credit hellobeautiful.com

“Tag-Team” parenting with non-traditional work schedules can be best for raising teenagers, according to new research out of North Carolina State University.

Joshua Hendrix is a doctoral student in Sociology at NC State and lead author of the article "Parental Nonstandard Work, Family Processes and Delinquency During Adolescence," published online in the Journal of Family Issues.

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Politics & Government
10:43 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

NC Commerce Talks Privatization

NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker.
Credit NC Commerce

North Carolina’s Economic Development Board is reviewing strategies and making suggestions on how to help re-vamp the state Commerce Department.

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says she’s pretty positive the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina will be a reality.

“It’s a total re-organization, it is indeed.  Redesign, I guess is a better way to say it," said Decker.

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Business & Economy
7:58 am
Fri December 6, 2013

A True Cost Analysis Of '12 Days Of Christmas'

Pear Tree, a Partridge, Calling Birds and more at PNC Christmas Price Index event at North Hills in Raleigh.
Credit Leoneda Inge

How much would you pay for Six Geese-a-Laying?  What about a Partridge in a Pear Tree?

An economic analysis by PNC’s Wealth Management Division crunches the numbers and highlights just how much a loved one could end up spending this holiday season.

“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree," sang members of the North Carolina Master Chorale Chamber Choir.

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Environment
7:56 am
Thu December 5, 2013

North Carolina's Energy Jobs, Energy Future

A "Strata Solar" solar farm in Cleveland County, NC.
Credit Strata Solar

Policy-makers and business leaders say North Carolina’s economic future relies on energy.

Governor Pat McCrory was one of many speakers and panelists at the North Carolina Chamber's Energy Conference at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham.  McCrory said it’s time to follow the economic recoveries of Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Dakotas.

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