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 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

@KeishaBottoms

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

GPB: Taylor Gantt

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

In today's headlines:

  • Cathy Woolard endorses Mary Norwood in Atlanta's mayoral race
  • Several Georgia artists are nominated for the 2018 Grammy Awards
  • NSA leaker Reality Winner is denied bail

Today's headlines include:

  • Atlanta's mayoral candidates discuss race and affordability in a GPB debate.
  • Betsy DeVos visits GSU to discuss college costs with students
  • Thousands of banks team up to sue Atlanta based Equifax

In today's headlines:

  • Shirley Franklin endorses Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral race
  • The candidates face off in two debates, including a 2 p.m. discussion on GPB's "Political Rewind"
  • #GivingTuesday raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity

In today's headlines:

  • UGA looks ahead to a rematch against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game
  • Early voting starts today for runoffs across the state
  • Shoppers are searching for deals during Cyber Monday

The 'Sweet Auburn' Neighborhood in Atlanta

As cities like Atlanta grapple with Confederate history and what to do with symbols like America’s largest Confederate memorial atop Stone Mountain, there’s a push to recognize places of cultural significance for African-Americans.

The National Trust, in partnership with The Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation and Open Society Foundation, announced the creation of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.  

Today's headlines include:

  • The Falcons get back in playoff position after beating Seattle on Monday Night Football
  • Atlanta prepares to make key decisions on Confederate monuments and streets
  • Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood releases nine years worth of tax returns
  • Atlanta is set to receive a number of new police officers thanks to the DOJ

In today's headlines:

  • Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms square off in their first debate
  • A bump stock ban in Georgia could be on the horizon
  • Preparations for Monday's implosion of the Georgia Dome are moving forward

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Today's headlines include:

  • Atlanta's first mayoral runoff debate between Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance-Bottoms
  • A recount is scheduled for Michael Julien Bond's city council seat
  • An event in Lawrenceville invites white people to "Come Meet A Black Person"
  • Mercedes Benz Stadium is recognized as one of the world's most sustainable venues
     

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For over a century, baseball has been known as America’s pastime.

But not everyone has been able to play organized baseball, especially those with special needs.

That’s where the Alternative Baseball Organization wants to make a difference.

It’s a nonprofit program for teens and adults with autism and special needs who want to showcase their talents on the baseball diamond.

MGR Foundation

 

Studies suggest U.S.-born and foreign-born black donors give about $12 billion to U.S. charities and $11 billion overseas.

 

Altogether, the U.S. black giving economy is about $23 billion each year.

 

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy is a traveling exhibit that has just opened in Atlanta at The Auburn Avenue Research Library.

 

Canine Cellmates

 

 

Over the summer, bikers, walkers and runners were treated to some art as they enjoyed Atlanta’s Beltine.  

Included in the display was a group of photos of black men incarcerated at the Fulton County jail.

The four photos feature men in their prison jumpsuits posing with dogs that they trained as part of the Canine Cellmates program.

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