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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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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Industry analysts say consumers spent just over $74 billion on coffee in 2015. The average amount people spend on cups of coffee is around $21 per week.

Three men from Atlanta are working to get a piece of this lucrative industry and put the city on the map as a coffee mecca.

 

GPB’s Leah Fleming traveled to Rosie’s Coffee Cafe to meet the entrepreneurs who created the Historic Noir Coffee Group.

 


The Atlanta City Council has unanimously approved new parking rules to regulate the booting industry.

 

The push to reform Atlanta's booting practices was kickstarted last month, when a driver was shot in the leg by a booting company employee after an argument.

 

GPB's Leah Fleming spoke with the AJC's Chris Joyner before Monday's vote to learn more about the incident.

 

 

 

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Elton John, one of the most prolific musicians and composers of the past 50 years, will perform in Atlanta for the last time this weekend.

 

 


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This week, the Atlanta City Council held a ceremony to honor the late Ivory Lee Young Jr., who died last week at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer.  

 

In the council chambers on Monday, Young’s seat was draped in black with the straw hat he used to wear sitting on the desk.

 

He served four terms as a councilman for West Atlanta, starting in 2002.  

 

 


November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time where people across the world remember those who were killed because of their gender identity.

 

 


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The Singing Brothers of Stilwell are a collection of students from the Martha E. Stilwell School of the Arts in Jonesboro.  

 

 


Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political experts to give listeners a better idea about the elections that could shape their lives.

Today's episode offers some helpful reminders for Georgians voting today:

If you've already voted early in Georgia, you might have noticed that Republican candidates are listed first on the ballot, even in races without an incumbent.  

 

During the 2016 presidential election, Georgia’s ballots also listed Republican candidates above all others.

 

Even if you've never considered it, researchers say candidate order can still have an unconscious effect on the way we vote.

 

 


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Baba Oje, the spiritual elder to the Atlanta based hip-hop group Arrested Development, has died at the age of 86.

 

Oje was lovingly referred to as the oldest man in hip hop.

 

 


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This summer, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian came under fire for using the 'R-word' during an Instagram live stream.  

 

Although she quickly apologized for the incident, Khloe is just of one of several celebs who have found themselves in trouble for using outdated terms that were once widely used.

 

From gay, queer, the 'R-word' and the 'N-word', what words are off limits and which words are taking on a new meaning?

 

 


With seven days remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the issues on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote on these topics. 

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming examines some of the offices and issues surrounding the November elections. 

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People across Georgia are continuing to grieve after a gunman walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, opening fire on the congregation, killing 11 and wounding others.

For members of Atlanta’s Jewish community, this is especially hard because several have ties to Pittsburgh.

 

That includes Eric Robbins, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

 

 


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With just weeks remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the midterm elections why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political experts to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

 

Today's episode deals with provisional ballots, how they're used, and what difference they can make in a tight race.

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On Tuesday, the American Association of University Women released a new report on the state of the gender pay gap.

The group says women miss out on roughly 500 billion dollars each year and are paid only 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts.

 

 


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The upcoming midterm elections are causing stress for many people in Georgia, especially people of color.

 

Last week, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus called for more training of elections staff in Gwinnett County after the county rejected more than 500 absentee ballots.  

 

 

 


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This month, schools in Gwinnett county started a girls flag football league, in partnership with the Atlanta Falcons.  

 

It’s the first such program in the state, and organizers hope to grow the program to other Georgia counties.

Besides the high school students who are looking forward to the new opportunity, one woman excited about the league is Jen Welter.

 

 


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With just weeks remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

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On Sunday, thousands of people will march in the 48th annual Pride Parade in Atlanta.

 

Pride has come a long way over the years in Atlanta and across the country.

 

Nowadays, there’s no shortage of TV shows and entertainment that focuses on LGBT life, shows like "Queer Eye," "Ru Paul’s Drag Race" and "The L Word."

 

But before all those shows, back in 1999, there was "Out TV Atlanta."

 

 


With less than a month remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

 


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As Georgia's November midterm elections steadily approach, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB-Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

This week, we examine the role of the Lieutenant Governor in Georgia, a seperate election from the nationally scrutinized Governor's race. 

As Georgia's November midterm elections steadily approach, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB-Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.


This weekend, thousands of music fans will gather at Central Park in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward to attend ONE Musicfest.

 

Organizers say it’s the Southeast’s largest two-day, urban progressive music festival.

 

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Earlier this week, prisoners in Georgia and 16 other states went on strike to protest what they call modern day slavery within the prison system.

Back in the 1970s, another prison movement started in the month of August.

It became known as Black August, a time to acknowledge the political struggles of African American prisoners.

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Orchestras in America are continuing to struggle with the issue of diversity.

 

According to an industry-wide study in 2016, black musicians make up less than two percent of orchestras across the country. For hispanic performers, that number is less than three percent.

 

And many leadership positions, like conductors and board members, remain predominantly white.

 

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program is hoping to reverse this trend.


For years, Ryan Cameron was one of the signature voices of Atlanta.

 

Born and bred in the city, Ryan enjoyed a long career in radio. He hosted morning shows on several local stations, including V-103.

 

 


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President Trump's ongoing war with the media was amplified in several ways last week.

 

Trump’s staff banned a CNN reporter from a Rose Garden event because she asked the president tough questions during a press gaggle.

The President also attacked the media during a speech to veterans, where he told them not to trust negative news about him.


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Today’s music minute features the man who’s been performing for more than 60 years under the name Tony Bennett.  

 

‘Stepping Out With My Baby’ is one of many signature hits written by the 19-time Grammy Award winning artist.


Today, we’ll hear from three artists who have addressed the issue of mental illness in their music.

 

Many rap musicians have been reluctant to speak out due to the stigma, but these artists broke the silence.


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Stigma can be one of the main reasons people with mental illness might not seek treatment or take their medication.

In communities of color, that stigma can be worse. In a race conscious society, many say they don’t want to be perceived as having yet another deficit.

 


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