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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NPR correspondant Sam Sanders is bringing his show 'It's Been A Minute' To GPB's Saturday afternoon lineup. 


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As Hurricane Dorian moves toward the Carolinas and away from the Georgia coast, it seems the state was spared the worst of the storm.

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It's been 64 years since 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi.

 

Till 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 1960s.

 


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For generations, Forsyth County, which is north of Atlanta, was a predominantly white area that actively sought to keep other races away. 

 

One of the most infamous incidents in 1912, when over 1,000 black residents were driven out of the county after an unsolved crime was blamed on a black man named Rob Edwards, who was lynched. 

 

But, these days, Forsyth is growing more diverse.

 

 


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The daily news cycle can be incredibly draining, with shootings, political drama, and social upheaval bombarding our social media timelines. 

 

From time to time, the best solution may be to take a step back and enjoy a laugh, whether it be watching a comedian’s special or going down to your local comedy club.

 

 


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Churches, synagogues, temples and mosques are all places of worship where people go to pray and find peace.  

But as we’ve seen in places like Charleston and Pittsburgh, even those spaces are not safe from gunfire and hatred.

Greenforest Community Baptist Church in East Atlanta is just one of the places preparing for a potential mass shooting. 


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Five Democratic presidential candidates, 5,000 black millennials, and church leaders from around the country are in Atlanta this week for the Young Leaders Conference.

 

They’ll cover everything from diversity in politics to gun violence, mass incarceration and immigration. 

 

 


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Originally aired on August 21, 2018:

 

This Saturday, thousands of Muslims across Georgia will begin observing one of the most holy days in the religion of Islam.

 

Eid al-Adha is known as the "Festival of Sacrifice" in Islam, commemorating the prophet Abraham and the sacrifice he promised to God.

 

 


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In today’s music minute, we’re looking back to 1979, when Charlie Daniel's hit song “The Devil Came Down To Georgia” was playing on car radios and at family barbecues around the country.  

 

 


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Atlanta native Zac Brown of the critically acclaimed Zac Brown Band is celebrating his 41st birthday on Wednesday while his group continues its current tour.

 

The song, “Leaving Love Behind", will be featured on the group’s upcoming album, The Owl

 

 


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For many kids, summer reading has taken up a big chunk of their vacation.

 

But for second-grader Nicholas Buamah of Snellville, people all across the country are busy reading his book.

 

Nicholas, who is 8 years old, is the author of "Kayla & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries: Election Day," which came out last year.

 

 

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The state’s economy has grown to be the ninth largest in the country. 

 

But not everyone in Georgia is enjoying economic prosperity.  

 

Take Athens-Clarke County, where 1 in 4 children live in poverty and over 28% of the population is poor. 

 

 


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Originally aired on August 29, 2018:

 

Afua Richardson is an artist, musician, and performer who is working on several high profile projects.

She's one of the artists behind the World of Wakanda comic book series.

 

Afua is also working on a graphic novel that details the early life and work of civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Atlanta, titled 'RUN.'

 

 


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The U.S. economy is being celebrated as healthy, with many people working.

 

State economists say Georgia continues to show consistent year-over-year revenue growth, an indicator of a good economy.

 

And according to the Georgia Department of Labor, 2,600 jobs were created in May with unemployment hovering around 3.9%.   

 

But things aren’t as positive for black workers. 

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Originally aired on July 27, 2018:

 

For Latinos, living through current events in modern-day America can be incredibly stressful.

 

Sources of stress include the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border and the ever-looming threat of deportation for many undocumented migrants.

 

 


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Originally aired in July of 2018:

A study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that African American children under the age of 12 are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts.

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Carolyn Bordeaux, John Eaves, Renee Unterman.

 

These are just a few of the high profile names running for Congress in a red hot part of metro Atlanta.

 

Georgia's 7th Congressional District includes large sections of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.

 

Republican Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) retained the seat last November by a only a few hundred votes, staving off a challenge from Bourdeaux.


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The past year has been a whirlwind for state Sen. Nikema Williams.

 

In November, she was re-elected to her post in Atlanta-based Senate District 39.

 

But later that month, she and 14 others were arrested during a protest in the Capitol rotunda demanding that every vote be counted in the gubernatorial race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams.

 

 


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We are halfway through the year and it has been a busy one in Georgia politics. 

 

So far, many political issues have been highlighted, including a controversial abortion bill, new voting machines and multiple visits from presidential candidates.

 

GPB's Stephen Fowler sat down with Morning Edition host Leah Fleming to recap all the action as we enter the second half of 2019.

 

 


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The month of June is full of festivals, celebrating all kinds of heritage. 

 

Besides Pride, it's also Caribbean Heritage Month.

 

Atlanta has one of the largest contingents of U.S. Virgin Islanders living on the U.S. mainland.

 


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There has been a huge push to end the stigma, the bigotry and intolerance surrounding the LGBT+ community.  

 

But despite that, for many people who identify as LGBT+, there are still  experiences and memories of discrimination, violence and familial rejection which are recognized as significant factors contributing to mental health concerns.

 

This month, communities all across the state are celebrating a holiday known as Juneteenth.

 

On this day in 1865, more than 250,000 slaves in Texas were told about their freedom two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

 

In 2011, Georgia became the 37th state to recognize Juneteenth.

 

 


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A major campaign is underway to stop human trafficking in Georgia.

 

First lady Marty Kemp is the co-chair of the newly formed Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion and Education, or GRACE, commission.

 

It’s been three weeks since Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the toughest abortion laws in the country, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act that outlaws most abortions.

Since that time, there have been calls to boycott Georgia’s film industry, including a recent statement from Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos, who claimed that the streaming giant would fight to oppose the bill and rethink its relationship with the state if the bill becomes law. 

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler spoke with Leah Fleming to recap the latest developments.


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Madam C.J. Walker died 100 years ago this month.

In the early 20th century, she cemented her legacy by creating a hair salve designed for African American women. Her contributions to black beauty products are still felt in Georgia and across the country. 

GPB's Morning Edition host Leah Fleming spoke with Walker's great-granddaughter, A'lelia Bundles. Bundles is also a black hair and journalist. 


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Right now, some of the country’s top schools have a diversity problem.

 

According to recent data, more than 50% of students accepted to Ivy League schools are white, while black students make up just 11% of the student body.

 

 


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This weekend, it's all about the hats, the horses and the bourbon.

On Saturday, the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Lousville will take place.

Whether you'll be at the race itself or here in Atlanta watching on TV, many people will be sipping on a mint julep.


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This weekend, 20 of the world’s best equestrian athletes will compete in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The derby, which is known as ‘the fastest two minutes in sports', will take place in Louisville on Saturday.

 

 


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On the southwest side of Atlanta sits a small, blue house with big dreams. It’s a place that is providing a second chance for people, and now, for felines.

 

The Perkerson House has been offering transitional housing for humans since 2010.

 

 


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On the first Saturday of May, mint juleps will flow, hats will take center stage and the horses will run in the Kentucky Derby, a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Here in Atlanta, people will gather at the Georgia World Congress Center to celebrate the Derby.  

 

 


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