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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The foster care population in Georgia has spiked over the past three years. Last month, The New York Times reported that the number of kids in protective care has nearly doubled since 2013. To date, Georgia has the fastest growing foster care population in the country.  

GPB's Leah Fleming speaks with Bobby Cagle, Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, about the growing number of kids in Georgia's foster care system. 

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Soul-singer Otis Redding is known for a number of unforgettable tracks. But one song is considered to be his biggest hit: "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."    

This month, the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest returned from a 20 year hiatus with their new album "We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service."

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and features the late rapper Phife Dawg, who passed away earlier this year.

GPB SPORTS

 The high school football playoffs are currently underway across the state. And GPB has you covered on all the big matchups. GPB Sports host Jackie Brittain joins us to talk about the upcoming playoff matchups and why Georgia is such a hotbed for high school football. 

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Fans of the popular Pokemon series are rejoicing today. Nintendo has released the latest pair of games in the series, "Pokemon Sun" and "Pokemon Moon." And if you can't get enough of the collectible pocket monsters, there's a musical event this weekend that you'll definitely want to check out.  

Georgia voters will decide on November 8 whether the state can take over failing schools. Amendment 1 is a plan by Republican Governor Nathan Deal, in which an appointed superintendent accountable to the governor could add up to 20 low performing schools to an opportunity school district each year and either convert them into charter schools, overhaul management or close them.

The majority of schools that could be taken over are in high-poverty areas with minority students.

So, how will you vote on Amendment 1? 

Latinos make up the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, and their concerns are playing a major part in this year’s presidential election.

Between 2012 and 2016 just over 3 million more eligible U.S.-born Hispanic voters are now qualified to go to the polls. That’s according to new Pew Research Center data. 

Add to that another 1.2 million people who’ve become citizens since the last general election and the impact of the Latino vote could be enough to turn some traditionally red states, like Georgia, blue or purple.

This late August is hot and we don't just mean the temperature!  There are several events happening all over Macon and Middle Georgia that will have you loving this last bit of summer.  

Local harpist Betsy Fitzgerald and the Huffington Post's film critic Jackie K. Cooper have a list of fun ideas.

Listen to the studio conversation below!

Here are Betsy’s items for this week:

Russian to the Finnish

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Middle Georgia is popping this weekend with "Mary Poppins" and the one night music festival that is Bragg Jam!

Huffington Post film critic Jackie K. Cooper and local harpist Betsy Fitzgerald are here with their lists of things to do this weekend.

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Throughout his tenure, Governor Nathan Deal has pushed for criminal justice reform, including education and occupational training behind bars. That has more felons going from cell block to firehouse.

In the middle of Chester, a rural town about an hour from Macon sits the Dodge State Prison. Ride through the open gate and you see the typical looking prison surrounded by barbed wire.

But to the left is a firehouse complete with two bays where shiny red trucks sit pointed towards the road.

Gordon’s Mayor Mary Ann Whipple Lue is still on the job after a tumultuous two years as the town’s first woman and African American mayor.  Also, a new law in Georgia is changing the way police appear before a grand jury.  Each week journalists Charles Richardon of The Telegraph and I talk about the hot topics on the minds of Middle Georgians. 

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Summertime fun has arrived in Middle Georgia!  Huffington Post film critic Jackie K. Cooper and local harpist Betsy Fitzgerald stopped by the GPB Macon studios this week to share some events to get you out this month.  Listen to the conversation above.

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Dozens of new laws go into effect in Georgia on July 1. Among them are laws dealing with stun guns on college campuses, new procedures for the criminal justice system, and changes in the privileges granted to law enforcement officers involved in grand jury proceedings related to the use of deadly force.

Design, Wine and Dine is back along with fireworks and Tinsley Ellis….It’s time to talk about all the fun things you can get out and do and with some ideas, we have Jackie K. Cooper, a film critic with the Huffington Post and local harpist Betsy Fitzgerald.

It's a hot summer so far and I'm not just talking about the weather. In Middle Georgia there are two dramas that are heating up. Each week journalists Charles Richardson, editorial page editor for The Telegraph and GPB Macon's Leah Fleming talk about the topics on the minds of Middle Georgians. 

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No Federal Charges In Gym Mat Death Case

Jun 20, 2016
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The Department of Justice will not file charges in the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson. He’s the Valdosta teenager who was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat inside Lowndes High School. 

Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office met in Macon on Monday with Johnson’s parents to inform them of the findings and the conclusion of the investigation.

Muhammad Ali, three-time world heavyweight boxing champion and one of the most famous sports personalities of this century visited Fort Valley State College’s homecoming festivities in 1989.  Charles Richardson, editorial page editor for the Telegraph was there and shares his memories. This is the hot topic on Macon&Eggs this week. 

This weekend you can go back to the 90s, and head on over to Perry for some fabulous wine! It’s time to talk about all the fun things you can get out and do and with some ideas, we have Jackie K. Cooper, a film critic with the Huffington Post and local harpist Betsy Fitzgerald.

Here are Betsy’s items for this week's show: Library Ballroom '90s Extravaganza!

Would you vote for Mickey Mouse for mayor or sheriff of your city?  Turns out some voters in Georgia did just that. What motivates a voter to do such a thing? People are people, says Charles Richardson, editorial page editor at The Telegraph of Macon. This is one of the two hot topics we talk about on Macon&Eggs this week. Listen to the conversation below.

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Voter turnout was decent and many Republican voters asked for a Democratic ballot as election Tuesday went down in Middle Georgia this week. Journalists Charles Richardson of the Telegraph and GPB Macon's Leah Fleming are breaking down some key races this week on Macon&Eggs. 

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Elections were held in Georgia this week. 

Voter turnout would be the deciding factor is what the Telegraph's Charles Richardson said. Did that ring true? 

Food can be very stylish, from fried chicken - which has gone pretty high style and trendy - to even grits!   

That's good news for several high profile TV chefs and restaurateurs who love Southern cuisine. But for many creators of some celebrated foods they have not received the attention or money that others have. 

So, at what point does food appreciation become appropriation?

Elections in Georgia are just days away and some voters in Macon will cast their ballots at a church property.  This after their precinct was shut down for renovations and moved to a police station. But that move caused an uproar.  Each week Charles Richardson, editorial page editor at the Telegraph and GPB Macon's Leah Fleming talk about the issues on the minds of Middle Georgians.  Listen to the studio conversation here.

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We’ve got jazz and Star Wars in Middle Georgia this weekend!  It’s time to talk about all the fun things you can get out and do and with some ideas, we have Jackie K. Cooper, a film critic with the Huffington Post and local harpist Betsy Fitzgerald. Listen to the studio conversation below!

Here are Betsy’s items for this week's show:

Macon Jazz Association Presents “Swinging at the Stetson”

Each week journalists Charles Richardson of the Telegraph of Macon and GPB Macon's Leah Fleming talk about the hot topics on the minds of Middle Georgians. 

This week Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert rolled out the third full year budget of the consolidated government.  It hits the twenty percent budget reduction demanded by the city/county consolidation process. The hitch? The mark was hit in no small part by funds from the Special one penny sales tax, or SPLOST.

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One in 68 children are born with autism in the United States. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Georgia the rate is even higher.

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Spring is here and with it some beautiful fashion! 

There is a unique flair to southern fashion, says Molly McWilliams Wilkins, editor in chief of Southern Bon Vivant, a style and culture website.  She joins GPB Macon's Leah Fleming in a new segment taking a closer look at what makes "a look" so southern.  Listen to the conversation here:

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The state Department of Education has begun the process of closing Macon Charter Academy. Since it opened last fall the school has been plagued with numerous problems. Is there any way you see this school staying open at this point or is it better to cut the losses and get the kids into a more stable environment?

Each week journalists Leah Fleming of GPB Macon and Charles Richardson, editorial page editor at The Telegraph talk about the issues on the minds of Middle Georgians. 

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We've got music, Frankenstein and an imaginary rabbit all in Middle Georgia this month. 

Local harpist Betsy Fitzgerald and Jackie K. Cooper, film critic for the Huffington Post share their lists of what to do this month!

Here are Betsy’s items for this week's show:

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Communities in Georgia often spend public dollars on sports facilities with economic development in mind. Think a new major league baseball stadium in Cobb County. But not every sports-centric development is that large. In Macon, for example, money was poured into a new tennis complex.

Macon-Bibb County has taken the adage spend money to make money to the tennis court. About $1 million  from a 1 cent sales tax increase for special project went to renovate the county’s John Drew Tennis Center.  

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