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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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.


Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr in Atlanta.
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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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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. 

The Temple

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.

 

 


Project Vote

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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