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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February is Black History Month here in the United States. Since 1976, every president has set aside the month to honor and remember African American history.

But is designating one month just for Black History appropriate? We tackle that question in the first part of our series about Black History Month.

We discuss this idea with Daniel Black. Black is an award-winning novelist and an African American Studies Professor at Clark Atlanta University. 

 

In today's news:

  • Lawmakers react to the State of the Union
  • Fort Stewart troops head to the Korean peninsula
  • South Fulton searches for new police chief

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The 60th Annual Grammy awards will take place this Sunday.

 

Atlanta will be well represented, with a number of local artists nominated for awards in a variety of categories.

Freelance entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker joins GPB's Leah Fleming to preview this weekend's awards.

 

In today's news:

  • Atlanta sees record employment numbers from last year
  • Stacey Evans campaign removes ad filmed at Ebenezer Baptist church
  • Film featuring a Decatur woman who averted a school shooting debuts this weekend

In today's news:

  • Atlanta schools and government remain closed after another winter storm
  • Delays at HFJ Airport continue
  • Hypothermia claims multiple lives over the past weeks due to the cold

Today's headlines:

  • Winter weather heading to North Georgia and Metro Atlanta
  • David Perdue denies Trump's derogatory comments towards African countries
  • UGA's Roquan Smith declares for the NFL Draft

Today's news:

  • Governor Deal recaps his time in office in the State of the State of address
  • Falcons prepare for second round playoff matchup against Eagles
  • Gwinnett Commissioner Tommy Hunter threatens lawsuit after public reprimand

In today's headlines:

-Governor Deals says Georgia is a top competitor for Amazon's HQ2

-Gwinnett swears in it's first Latino mayor

-APD faces federal allegations of evidence tampering and excessive force

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Gwinnett County is fast becoming one of the most diverse areas in all of Georgia, and even throughout the southeast.

 

The county has been experiencing a cultural shift over the years.  

 

In fact, white residents no longer make up the majority of the county’s registered voters, and last year’s elections are proof of that.

 

In Norcross, councilman Craig Newton became Gwinnett’s first-ever black mayor.

 

 

-Governor Deal speaks at "Eggs and Issue" breakfast this morning

-Agnes Scott College announces new president

-South Fulton will not become "Renaissance" after mayor's veto

In today's headlines:

-Winter weather advisory in Atlanta

-Thousands of fans in town for college football championship

-Georgia's general assembly will meet for the first time this morning

Today's headlines:

  • GDOT announces holiday work stoppage to limit lane closures
  • Plant Vogtle will continue after PSC vote on Thursday
  • Former Roswell city council member indicted on child pornography charges 

In today's news:

  • Mary Norwood officially concedes after recount in Atlanta's mayoral race
  • The Public Service Commission prepares to decide Plant Vogtle's fate
  • Officials at Atlanta's airport apologize for the blackout over the weekend

In today's news: 

  • The remains of the Georgia Dome were imploded early this morning
  • Delta is looking to recoup losses after the Atlanta airport blackout on Sunday
  • South Fulton will not become "Renaissance" after a mayoral veto

In today's headlines:

  • Atlanta's airport tries to get back to normal after an 11 hour outage
  • Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers apologizes for the fire that caused the blackout
  • Falcons top the Buccaneers, closing in on return to playoffs

In today's news:

  • Power has been restored to the Atlanta airport after an 11 hour outage
  • Results have been certified in the Atlanta mayoral race
  • REPORT: CDC officials are not allowed to use certain words on official documents, including "transgender, fetus and science-based." 

In today's headlines

  • Mary Norwood is considering legal action after her loss was confirmed in the mayoral race
  • Sam Olens will soon step down as president of Kennesaw State University
  • Reinhardt University prepares to play in the NAIA national championship on Saturday.

In today's news:

  • A recount will take place today in the Atlanta mayoral race
  • REPORT: Data shows police in DeKalb shoot far more black citizens than whites. 
  • ATL United sets a new MLS transfer record after acquiring US international Darlington Nagbe

In GPB-Atlanta news:

  • Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms selects her transition team 
  • Georgia politicians react to Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Alabama senate race
  • Support for medical marijuana legislation grows, even among Georgia Republicans

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What started off as an extra credit biology assignment for Morehouse student Julien Turner has now become a world of opportunity.

 

Last month, the college sophomore filmed a music video of a song he wrote inspired by Lil Uzi Vert’s hit single “XO Tour Llif3.”

 

Turner’s remix is called “XY Cell Llif3.” It breaks down the differences between mitosis and meiosis:

In today's news:

  • Keisha Lance Bottom increases her lead on Mary Norwood ahead of mayoral recount
  • Kasim Reed alleges that Norwood defamed him, could seek legal action
  • Atlanta students return to school after weekend snow storm

In today's news:

  • Atlanta's mayoral election results will be finalized today
  • Georgia recovers from the past weekend's unexpected snowstorm
  • Actress Jane Fonda raised $1 million dollars for charity on her 80th birthday

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Election officials in DeKalb and Fulton counties have scheduled meetings on Monday to certify their vote tallies from last week’s runoff election.

In the mayor’s race, Keisha Lance Bottom’s bested Mary Norwood by 759 votes.

After the results are certified, Norwood says she will formally request a recount.

  •   Mary Norwood asks for any proof of voter tampering in mayor's race
  •   John Lewis says Trump's invitation to civil right's exhibit is an "insult"

  •  Mayoral results in Atlanta could be finalized next week
  •  The Falcons prepare for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Saints
  •  KSU President Sam Olens faces mounting pressure to step down

In Today's News:

  • Keisha Lance Bottom's claims victory in mayor's race, Norwood demands a recount
  • City council shakeup includes new president and three new councilors
  • NFL and Morehouse partner to teach players how to become advocates

  • Voters go to the polls to elect Atlanta's next mayor
  • Atlanta's Board of Education amends dress code policy after a petition
  • New study finds that the state hasn't done enough to combat the opioid crisis

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A new report by the FBI shows that violence against the LGBT community is on the rise.

The agency found that one out of every six hate crimes last year was based on sexual orientation.

And for transgender people living in the South, the statistics are even more grim.

According to the Human Right’s Campaign, 60 percent of violent incidents against transgender people happen in the South.

That includes four deaths this year in Georgia.

  • UGA advances to the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history
  • Atlanta's mayoral candidates prepare for tomorrow's election
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms receives support from senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris
  • 20 new Bitcoin ATM's are now operational throughout in Atlanta and Athens

In today's headlines:

  • World AIDS Day 2017 brings more awareness to Atlanta's HIV problem
  • UGA and Auburn prepare to face off in Saturday's SEC championship game
  • Kamala Harris travels to Atlanta to support Mary Norwood in next week's mayoral election

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