Leah Fleming

Morning Edition Host

Leah Fleming is an award-winning radio host and correspondent.

You can hear her greet you to each weekday morning on 88.5 GPB Atlanta’s Morning Edition from NPR News.

Leah is a familiar voice on public radio having hosted morning and afternoon programming in Atlanta, Albany, New York, Jacksonville and Miami, Florida.

Leah says her passion for diversity in public radio is what keeps her in the genre.  Her goal for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Morning Edition is to offer the listener a unique experience of news, culture and trends of interest to African Americans and other diverse groups in the greater Atlanta area.  She believes that listeners, no matter what their ethnic make-up, find value in content that explores and celebrates all cultures.   

Leah joined GPB in 2012 following six years at WLRN-Miami Herald News, in Miami, where she served as All Things Considered anchor before being named deputy news director.

Prior to her time in South Florida, Leah worked as Morning Edition host at WABE Public Radio in Atlanta, Georgia. There she was acknowledged for her work including an award from the National Association of Black Journalists for her interview with professional boxer Laila Ali.

Leah has also worked at NPR in Washington, DC as a producer and served as a mentor with NPR’s Next Generation project.

Raised in New York, Leah holds a Master of Science degree in communication arts.

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Museums that hold the history of our collective past are having a renewed moment right now.  

 

As the country and the world grapples with a rise in white supremacy, xenophobia, racist rhetoric, and mass killing, people are flocking to museums for guidance and reassurance.

 

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is one such place.

 

 


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Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta is nearly a distant memory, but the promise of making money during that big week is leaving some businesses wondering how they missed out.

Down the street from Mercedes Benz Stadium, artist and entrepreneur Miya Bailey says he didn’t make any extra money from the big game.

 

But Bailey, who lives in Castleberry Hill,  isn't waiting for anyone else to revitalize his neighborhood.

 

 


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If you have an emergency and need to call 9-1-1, how soon do you want to help to arrive? ASAP is likely your answer.

 

In the city of Dunwoody, ambulance response times were a hotly contested subject last spring after a number of calls were not handled promptly.

 

 


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One of NPR's most popular shows, "Snap Judgment," is coming to Atlanta for a live performance at Atlanta Symphony Hall on March 30.

Glynn Washington has hosted the program since it debuted in 2010. The show's goal is to share "stories with a beat" from around the world.


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When you hear the name Rosa Parks, you probably flash back to your black history month education.

 

She's often credited as the woman who refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, leading to a series of boycotts.

But before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.  

 

 


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This week, GPB's Morning Edition is looking back at the legacy of Rosa Parks and the other women that made her famous act of social defiance possible.

 

But today, we’re highlighting a controversial song that put Parks at odds with one of Atlanta’s most famous music acts.

 

 


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On Sunday, the 2019 Oscars will honor the best films of the past year.

 

Atlanta and Georgia will be well represented in the nominations and on stage, with films like "Black Panther," "The Avengers" and "First Man" all receiving nominations after filming in the state.

 

 


As you look back over the black history education you received in your childhood, you definitely heard about Dr. Martin Luther King and his movement of non-violent protest.  

 

 

But that wasn't case for every freedom fighter during the civil rights movement. Instead of turning the other cheek, some people were hiding guns in the countryside in case they had to literally shoot back.

 

 


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CONTENT WARNING: This audio piece includes a section of a sermon that contains anti-LGBT slurs and  language [from 0:32 to 0:53]. Listener discretion is advised.

 

Across the nation, many in the Christian community are discussing the relationship between the Bible and sexual identity.

 

Here in Atlanta, Jamal Bryant is the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He has compared being gay to drug addiction and referred to homosexuality as a “rebellion” against God.

 

And in Norcross, David Berzins is pastor of Strong Hold Baptist Church. Berzins has repeatedly spoken out against the LGBT community, even saying that homosexuals "deserve the death penalty."

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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is in full swing this month with screenings throughout the city.

One of the films on display is the documentary "93QUEEN," the story of a group of Hasidic women in Brooklyn, New York who defied traditional gender roles and formed a volunteer EMT group.

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Some residents in the North Atlanta suburb of Buckhead are complaining about an increase of crime in their community.

 

It’s one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city. But residents say the area is seeing a rise in violent crime, car thefts, and burglary.

 

 


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This weekend will be full of music celebrations ahead of the Grammys on Sunday, with Atlanta and Georgia being well represented.

But one of Georgia’s most famous sons is up for an award without rapping, singing or producing.

Former President Jimmy Carter is going for his third Grammy win in the Best Spoken Word Album category.


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One night in 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting his family in Mississippi when he was kidnapped by a gang of white men and killed after he whistled at a white woman in a grocery store.

 

The two men behind the crime were eventually acquitted by an all-white jury.

But the pictures of Emmett Till’s body during his open-casket funeral sparked outrage across the country and fueled the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s.

 

 


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The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots are set to do battle in Super Bowl 53 at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sunday.  

It’s been 19 years since the city last hosted the big game, when the Rams (who were still in St. Louis) toppled the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl 34 at the Georgia Dome in 2000.


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Atlanta musicians will shine at next weekend’s Super Bowl.  

 

Gladys Knight is set to sing the National Anthem, Big Boi is performing during the halftime show and a pair of twin sisters from Atlanta will also add their vibe to the big game.


The Pan-African flag has appeared at the center of some of the most painful moments in American history.  

In 2014, an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, protesters waved the Pan-African flag as they marched through the streets.


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As the hometown of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prepares to observe the civil rights leaders birthday, a private company is stepping in to make sure that those who wish to visit his home, closed during the shutdown, can do so.


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On Monday, the nation will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

But today, we remember the woman who inspired one of the most powerful protest anthems of the Civil Rights movement.

  


Simply saying the phrase "American flag" automatically generates a mental image for most Americans. But it may not be of the classic stars and stripes.

We all know what the American flag looks like, but what about the other kinds of flags that have been designed to express a person’s identity in this country.


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Monday will be a very busy day in Georgia politics.

The state legislature will officially begin the 2019 session, which will include tackling the issues of new voting machines, oversight at Atlanta's aiport and medical marijuana.

Marvel’s "Black Panther," which was filmed in Atlanta, was shut out at last Sunday’s Golden Globes, much to the dismay of many fans on social media.

But next month, the movie’s music will get a chance to walk away with Grammy gold.

 

 


Simply saying the phrase "American flag" automatically generates a mental image for most Americans. But it may not be of the classic stars and stripes.

 

We all know what the American flag looks like, but what about the other kinds of flags that have been designed to express a person’s identity in this country.  

 

On GPB's Morning Edition, we'll explore what the power of the flag looks like throughout January.

 

 


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East Atlanta rapper 6LACK is finishing up a 2018 full of musical highs.

 

Ricardo Valentine (6LACK) was born in Baltimore, but moved to Atlanta as a child.

Atlanta rapper Lil Jon just dropped the year's newest holiday song, "All I Really Want for Christmas."

Featuring on the track is none other than the Kool-Aid Man himself.  

 


 

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Full of history and close proximity to downtown Atlanta, East Lake and Grove Park are two communities that are prime areas for revitalization.  

 

2018 is almost in the history books, which means it’s time to look back at the music and artists that moved us over the past year.

 

Georgia, and especially the city of Atlanta, had several artists who had major success this year.

 

 


On Tuesday, governor-elect Brian Kemp will address lawmakers for the first time in a major speech at a conference in Athens.  

But some legislators aren’t ready to accept Kemp as Georgia’s next governor.

 

State representative Renitta Shannon of Decatur, who is also a member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, is part of a small group of lawmakers who will boycott the speech.

 

 


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Grammy nominations are out, and at the top of the list is an Atlanta artist who shocked the consciousness of the country with his song, "This is America."

Childish Gambino (Donald Glover), who hails from Stone Mountain, dropped the single in May.  

It’s now nominated in two of the top categories: Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


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The boxing legend Muhammad Ali only had one way to describe Macon superstar Little Richard: "the King."

Little Richard, who turns 86 years old this week, captivated music fans for years with hits like ‘Long, Tall Sally,' 'Tutti Frutti' and 'Good Golly Miss Molly'

 

 

 


In September, The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics in Hephzibah came under national scrutiny when it decided to reinstate paddling as a punishment.

The practice of paddling is still legal in Georgia and 19 other states, although it hasn’t been used widely for years.

 


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