Danae Leake

Danae Leake

WAFB Digital Content Producer

Baton Rouge, La

Danae hails from Jacksonville, located in the world's famous county (Duuuval), and moved to Baton Rouge to work as a digital content producer for WAFB.

As a child, she always loved stories and how they can provide glimpses into other worlds.

While studying English and Mass Communication at the University of North Florida, Danae was very active in the university's student media, the UNF Spinnaker, and worked multiple positions at the publication. She started out as a reporter, writing anything from feature pieces to breaking news stories. Danae was later promoted to leadership roles by becoming the Spinnaker’s news assistant editor and WSKR’s first radio news producer. During her final year at UNF, she was the features editor. In that position, she led a talented team of writers and managed community-oriented content for the UNF population.

Danae had fallen in love with the newswriting process and how journalism serves and empowers the community.

The Duval native took her passion beyond the classroom and campus setting through editorial internships at WJCT, the National Public Radio affiliate in Jacksonville, and Jacksonville Magazine.

After graduating in 2016, Danae landed a position as a Digital Content Producer at Action News Jax, WJAX-TV, where she produced local breaking news and managed the station's website and social media pages. In addition, she wrote community-focused stories for Void magazine.

Danae left her hometown of Jacksonville in 2017 to work as a digital news reporter at WAFB News in Baton Rouge, the No. 1 station in the Gray TV company.

In Baton Rouge, Danae produces local news stories while managing and chasing leads for the station’s inaugural business news section.

Contact Danae via email at dleake@wafb.com.

Education:

  • University of North Florida: English and Mass Communications

Recent Articles by Danae

  Police: 7-year-old brings unloaded gun on school bus heading to Baker Heights Elementary

Army Corps mat sinking work along levee likely the source of ‘explosion’-like booms in St. Gabriel

Former Capital One branch on Government Street sells for $1.1M

  Baton Rouge civil rights activist Betty Claiborne laid to rest

First CBD shop in Denham Springs opens for business

  Landry: LSU fans should be wary of ticket scammers

  Dr. Rebekah Gee resigns as secretary of Louisiana’s health department

Gotcha launches new app to better experience for riders

Top 2019 business headlines in the Red Stick

  La. sports reporter among 5 killed in Lafayette plane crash

  High-ranking ex-deputy and his wife indicted on 150 counts, including sexual abuse of children, animal

Knock Knock Children’s Museum Learning Zones now adapted for children with disabilities

3rd suspect arrested in 2013 fatal shooting involving former Tulane, NFL player

Plant studio opens in downtown Baton Rouge

  RECALL: Retail stores recall MR. STEAK gas grills sold nationwide because of fire hazard

  Louisiana health department announces free hepatitis C screenings at Walmart stores

Community holds candlelight vigil a year after teen killed by drunk driver in Gonzales

Ascension Parish council agrees to pay criminal defense fees of departing president Kenny Matassa

  Former employee claims VooDoo BBQ management fell behind on mortgage, forcing closure weeks before Christmas

  Denham Springs student leads fundraiser for track coach battling rare cancer

Technicians to work over the weekend to resolve issues after statewide cyber-attack

  LWCC purchases, plans to demolish LaQuinta near I-10 in Baton Rouge

HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS: Community asked to donate bikes, toys ahead of Kid’s Christmas event

Tony Chachere’s gumbo beer has hit the shelves

  Torchy’s Tacos to open Baton Rouge restaurant on LSU campus

  Free flu shot clinics across Louisiana scheduled during November

Emerge Center students help create new mural in time for arts festival

  Mississippi man wanted for sexual assault arrested on I-12, briefly causing traffic delays

  No injuries reported during explosion at Plaquemine chemical plant

Louisiana Department of Education taking applications for high school fifth-year pilot program