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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Transportation
5:40 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Amtrak Corridor Between Raleigh And Charlotte Growing Quickly

Mercedes Alexander prepares to board the "Carolinian" Amtrak train in Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The state Department of Transportation says the latest numbers show Amtrak train service between Raleigh and Charlotte is among the fastest growing corridors in the country.

The “Piedmont” and “Carolinian” trains transported about 480,000 riders in the past year.

Amtrak passengers with suitcases, pillows and smart devices started gathering their items as the attendant in the downtown Durham station made this announcement.

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Politics & Government
7:45 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Kay Hagan Wants To Extend "Obama Care" Signup Period

Sen Kay Hagan wants sign-up extension for Americans who want "Affordable Care."
Credit politico.com

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan can be added to the list of Obama allies who is also critical of healthcare.gov, the federal government's health care exchange website.

Senator Kay Hagan has not been afraid to speak her mind about the rocky roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.  She’s voiced her concerns on Twitter and during a visit to N.C. State yesterday.

“You know, I’m just as frustrated as my constituents are.  We’ve got to be assured that we get a website that works," said Hagan.

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Business & Economy
6:41 am
Tue October 22, 2013

State Jobless Numbers Delayed

NC jobless figures delayed because of government shut down.
Credit NC Policy Watch

The state Commerce Department was scheduled to release North Carolina’s September jobless rate today.  But figures are on hold because of the federal government shut down.

Just like every other state across the country, North Carolina’s jobless numbers are crunched by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  But the 16-day government shutdown has resulted in a delay to the states.  Most of the people responsible for analyzing the data were furloughed.

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Arts & Culture
6:31 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Durham School Of The Arts Joins Fisk Jubilee Singers

Nigia Hunt rehearses with other soloists at Durham School of the Arts, preparing to sing with The Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are known world-wide for their flawless voices and performance of Negro Spirituals.  Paul Kwami is the choir’s musical director and is on a five city, high school southern tour to personally help young voices hone and preserve the songs that have inspired people of all cultures.

Kwami’s first stop: The Durham School of the Arts.

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Arts & Culture
7:07 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Slave Dwelling Project Comes To Historic Stagville

Joseph McGill spends the night in a slave cabin at Historic Stagville in Durham County. He founded The Slave Dwelling Project.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Today, almost 150 years since the end of slavery, two-story slave cabins still stand prominently on the Stagville grounds in Durham County, but that is not the case for hundreds of former slave structures across the U.S.

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Science & Technology
6:56 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Ag Biotech Showcase Presents Top NC Talent

Sunflowers grown at new lab at Syngenta in RTP.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Some of the top, fast-emerging Ag Biotech companies in North Carolina pitched their goods before investors yesterday in RTP.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center hosted its first Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase.  The competition was fierce since the state is known world-wide as a top spot for Ag Biotech.   

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Politics & Government
10:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

NAACP Convention Welcomes "Moral Monday Arrestees"

Dale Herman is one of the more than 900 people arrested during "Moral Monday" demonstrations earlier this year.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The people who were arrested at the Moral Monday protests at the state legislature will be recognized Thursday at the annual NAACP state convention.

More than 900 people were arrested during the Moral Monday protests against Republican policy in Raleigh.  One of them was Gann Herman.

“We are part of a growing coalition.  We come from a lot of different organizations and churches," said Gann Herman.

Her husband Dale Herman was also arrested.  He only demonstrated in anti-war demonstrations before this.

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Science & Technology
5:27 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Google Glass Chooses Durham For First Stop

Reporter Leoneda Inge tests a tangerine pair of Google Glass.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Durham is the first stop on the national Google Glass tour.

No, these titanium framed wearable computers are not for sale yet.  The Google X Team says it will be sometime next year. These science fiction-like frames come in several colors – including Sky, which looks a lot like Carolina Blue.

“To talk to your Google Glass, you have to say Okay Glass," Reporter Leoneda Inge said while trying on a pair.

She'll need several more lessons.  Wilson White is Public Policy Counsel for Google Glass.  

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Business & Economy
8:17 am
Fri October 4, 2013

PNC Survey Shows Weak Business Optimism

Credit PNC Bank

A PNC survey shows small to mid-sized business owners across the state are less optimistic about doing business than they were six months ago.  The PNC Economic Outlook survey shows 8 percent of business owners intend to add full-time employees.  Nationwide, it’s 16 pecent.

PNC Economist Mekael Teshome says  North Carolina business owners continue to report weak sales and are being extremely cautious.

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Politics & Government
6:21 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Furloughed EPA Workers Opt For Public Service

EPA workers Kathy Kaufman and Carla Oldham help clean Herndon Park in Durham during furlough.
Credit Leoneda Inge

One of the largest EPA offices outside of Washington DC is in Research Triangle Park.  That means some 2,000 employees are at home and not working during the government shut-down.  But on Tuesday, a few dozen EPA workers could be found spending their un-wanted time off doing community service. 

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