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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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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The newly created city of South Fulton is the only one in the U.S. with black women leading every major role of the judicial system.

 

 

 


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Atlanta’s professional womens basketball team, the Atlanta Dream, is competing to return to the WNBA Playoffs after missing the postseason last year.

 

 


 

Coretta Scott King was not just the wife of the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. She was also an accomplished activist in her own right.

 

She traveled the world and advocated for racial and social equality for people of all walks of life.

 

In 1968, the same year her husband was assassinated, Scott-King founded the King Center, which has served as a base of operations for modern day activism.

 

 

 

 

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Writer, actor and comedian Maz Jobrani has been using humor to talk about race and stereotypes in American culture for more than a decade.

Jobrani, who is Iranian-American, has tackled these sensitive subjects through stand up comedy, including last year’s protests surrounding President Trump’s travel ban.

 

 

In Georgia, 91% of non-custodial parents who owe child support are men.

 

For fathers who can’t afford to make those payments, that could mean a drivers license suspension, loss of visitation, or even jail.  

 

 


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Today’s Music Minute features a controversial artist known for always speaking his mind.

On this day in 1977, Kanye West was born in Atlanta.

Kanye’s vocal support for president Trump and recent comments about slavery being a ‘choice’ have garnered a lot of negative reaction on social media.

In the midst of that controversy, Kanye released his eighth studio album, Ye, which includes this song, titled ‘No Mistakes."

 

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Today’s music minute features Atlanta artist Andre 3000, who doesn’t produce much music anymore. But when he does, it’s still special.

The song, titled “Me&My"(To Bury Your Parents), was a suprising release last weekend. It's one of two track dedicated to his deceased parents

André’s mother died one day after his birthday in 2013.  His father died the following year.

 

Turns out Andre doesn’t just do vocals: he also plays bass clarinet.

Colleges and universities across Georgia have wrapped up the semester, but one Morehouse College student has more work to do. Last year, Julien Turner took an extra credit biology assignment and turned it into a viral music video about the differences between mitosis and meiosis. The rising junior's video made it all the way to the people who work on "Sesame Street." Now, Julien and his brother are creating an educational music video for the show. Julien spoke with GPB's Leah Fleming about the project.

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Colleges and universities across Georgia have wrapped up the semester, but one Morehouse College student has more work to do. Last year, Julien Turner took an extra credit biology assignment and turned it into a viral music video about the differences between mitosis and meiosis. The rising junior's video made it all the way to the people who work on "Sesame Street." Now, Julien and his brother are creating an educational music video for the show. Julien spoke with GPB's Leah Fleming about the project.

Atlanta’s Donald Glover has found a new level of success. He’s an actor, the creator of a hit show named after his hometown of Atlanta, and a rapper under the name Childish Gambino. But his most powerful statement might be “This Is America”, a new song and video released over the weekend. Freelance entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker gives us her take on the video and what role musicians should play when it comes to social issues.

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Georgia’s director of Family and Children Services says the opioid crisis is the main reason behind a recent surge in the foster care population.  More than 15,000 children are being cared for by the state, according to DFCS director Virginia Pryor. That’s nearly double what the population was five years ago.

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American women are living longer than ever. The average woman lives to be about 81 years old. But a new study reports that, after working with a lifelong gender pay gap and interrupting their careers to take care of children, spouses or aging parents, women could fall far short of saving what they need to support themselves in retirement.

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As students prepare for college, they have a big concern: the cost.

 

The Institute for Higher Education Policy finds 70 percent of colleges unaffordable for lower-income and middle-income students. That’s if they don’t take out a student loans.

 

Atlanta’s Donald Glover has found a new level of success.

He’s an actor, the creator of a hit show named after his hometown of Atlanta, and a rapper under the name Childish Gambino.

But his most powerful statement might be “This Is America”, a new song and video released over the weekend.

 

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In the United States, school shootings have been one of the most hotly debated topics in 2018.

 

The issue was re-ignited in February, when 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

 

 

In some cases, the people behind these crimes are dealing with a form of mental illness, including one man who attempted a school shooting in Atlanta in 2013.

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Maynard Jackson Jr. was an Atlanta legend. As the first black mayor of a major southern city, Jackson pushed for businesses to adopt affirmative action programs, expanded the Atlanta airport to become the international hub it is today and also led the campaign to bring the 1996 Summer Olympics to Georgia.

 

Jackson's life and legacy are the focus of the new documentary, "Maynard," which was executive produced by his daughter-in-law Wendy Jackson and his son Maynard Jackson III.

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Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are using DNA technology to try and prevent future E. coli outbreaks.

 

The method is called genome sequencing and it could eliminate the guessing game when it comes to finding the source of E. coli outbreaks. With it, scientists can determine the exact food and location in which the contaminated produce originated.

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At least one person has died and more than 100 people have fallen ill from E. coli following a recent outbreak in connection with romaine lettuce from Arizona.

 

"Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona growing region," says a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "This includes any pre-packaged salads or salad mixes.”

 

Dr. Patricia Griffin, chief of the enteric diseases epidemiology branch at the CDC, explains how the recent outbreak happened and what consumers should be aware of when buying produce.

The Carolina Parakeet was a wild bird in lots of senses of the word; it flew throughout the Southeast and Midwest, including along the Georgia coast. Revolutionary War soldiers and Manifest Destiny explorers journaled about their bright green plumage and “disagreeable screams.” And they were thought to be poisonous, because they ate cocklebur seeds that were harmless to them but toxic to cats hoping for a feathered meal. The birds went extinct at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, researcher Kevin Burgio is using their migration patterns and physiology as a means to explore how we can save at-risk species today.

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Across the country, record numbers of women are running for elected office in this year’s midterms — and a lot of them are running for the first time. In Georgia, the highest-profile race is the Democratic race for governor, which is pitting Stacey Abrams against Stacey Evans.

 

Elsewhere in the state, more women are running for legislative seats than in years past. Since 2016, the number of women seeking state Senate seats has increased by 40 percent and the number seeking spots in the state House is up about 20 percent. For Democrats especially, the 2018 midterms are a huge opportunity, with the party vying for spots in 121 spots (the most since 2004). Many of those candidates are first-timers, many are in historically red districts and many are women.

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A group of middle school students from Dacula, Georgia, is preparing for a world championship. This weekend the “Robo Sapiens” will head to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship, where they will present the findings of their latest research on racist robots and bias in artificial intelligence.

 

The term 'implicit bias' might not be something we hear often, but it does have an impact on how we think and act in our everyday lives.

 

 

According to the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University, the term refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our actions and decisions in an unconscious manner.

When it comes to school discipline, implicit bias has been a big issue in Georgia and across the country.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would halt its Legal Orientation Program, which provides legal advice and information to detained immigrants. The DOJ has also suspended a telephone helpline. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says this isn't the only obstacle immigrants face when it comes to legal assistance. In a new lawsuit, the SPLC claims federal immigration officials make it difficult for detainees to communicate with their attorneys. In the lawsuit, the Southern Poverty Law Center calls out two Georgia detention centers as part of the problem. SPLC legal director Lisa Graybill and immigration lawyer Hiba Ghalib talked with us about immigrants' access to legal assistance.  

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Since more than a million people demanded stronger gun control laws in the March for Our Lives, many local governments have proposed tougher restrictions on guns. 

 

But some communities, including a couple in Georgia, actually have laws requiring you to own a gun.

 

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