Leoneda Inge – Berlin to Brussels 2014

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Welcome to Berlin!

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Berlin is HOT! Literally. There is a heatwave blanketing the city, or it feels that way to me. I was born in the south and 90F is pretty damn hot. I am making the best of the weather and getting to meet the broadcast journalists on my adventure. The Berlin landscape is easy to identify – even on the side of cars!

Berlin landscape outside my hotel.

Berlin landscape outside my hotel.

There are 13 journalists in the Summer 2014 – RIAS Berlin Kommission program. The RTDNF German/American Journalists Exchange began in 1993 to bridge understanding of how each country runs, especially after the fall of the Berlin Wall. RIAS stands for “Radio in the American Sector.” It was the first American radio station founded in Berlin and serves as a public radio station today (NPR operated).

Two of the public radio journalists traveling with me are NPR’s Marilyn Geewax and Rob Schaefer. Thanks Rob for the baseball cap!

Our first full day of work included a visit and tour of the historic Reichstag Building, where parliament meets. It suffered heavy damage during Word War II bombings. The last of its renovations was completed in 1999. Loads of school children and tourists visit the site, especially the glass, rooftop terrace and dome.

New Friend, Yang, Yang, took this photo of me near famous Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

New Friend, Yang Yang, took this photo of me near famous Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

But even more dramatic was the walk to Reichstag. When you look up, there is no way to miss the mighty Brandenburg Gate! I was one of hundreds of people getting their picture taken! This huge landmark symbolizes the division of Germany and its reunification. It shut off access for East and West Germans. Ronald Reagan stood near the gate when he gave his famous “tear down this wall” speech.

I look forward to more adventures – Thanks to Rainer Hasters, Isabell Hoffmann and Lisa Ziss for organizing our adventure! Hope I get to see that David Bowie exhibit!

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Author: leonedainge2014

Leoneda Inge is the Changing Economy Reporter at North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC. She has spent the past decade tracking job loss, gain and innovation in major North Carolina industries including Food and Agriculture, Tobacco, Furniture, Textiles and Biotechnology. Leoneda is honored to be the recipient of a prestigious Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University. She and a team of journalists won for the series – North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty. Leoneda has won several other first place awards – including three Gracie Awards from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, four Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and numerous Associated Press (AP) Awards. Leoneda is a graduate of Florida A&M University (B.S) and Columbia University (M.S) where she was a Knight-Bagehot Journalism Fellow in Business and Economics. Leoneda has also been a Journalism fellow at the University of Michigan, The Institute for Justice and Journalism and the Foreign Press Center (Japan). Leoneda enjoys covering stories that link North Carolina to the global economy. Her work has been recently heard on National Public Radio (NPR) and WBUR’s “Here & Now.” When Leoneda is not reporting, she loves training future Journalists. She has served as a mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio project, and taught at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC.

One thought on “Welcome to Berlin!

  1. I hope you’re able to taste some nice cold German beer in all that heat! Enjoy Germany!

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