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

Louisiana man arrested after woman found shot to death in her home

Police chase ends in death on Chippewa Street

  EmployBR hosting job fair Friday for school staff positions

  Tenant behind on rent accused of murdering ‘Miss Sadie’, founder of African American history museum

Authorities looking for man who stole 31 boxes of Red Bull

  Family displaced after fire destroys home in Ascension Parish

EBR residents who reported damage from June severe weather won’t get FEMA assistance, city says

  GOHSEP crisis action team activated due to tropical threat

Waitr to start delivering alcohol in Louisiana

  Walton and Johnson radio show host, John Walton, passes away

  Ascension Public Schools to hire support workers at job fair

  Fire at commercial building on Airline Highway causes estimated $1M of dollars worth in damages

  Police: 7 injured in shooting at Florida Boulevard night club

Metro council deletes controversial resolution as LGBTQ+ community calls for civil rights ordinance

New Orleans Police Department debuts rainbow badge to celebrate pride month

Picture time! Sunflower season came early at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

  Top Box Foods launch the latest effort to provide healthy food in neighborhoods lacking grocery options

Playa Bowls entering Louisiana market with Baton Rouge shop

Jason’s Deli to open third Baton Rouge restaurant in bustling Burbank corridor

American Heart Association in Baton Rouge hosting free art therapy classes for stroke survivors

  IBM launches apprenticeship program at Baton Rouge center

Louisiana’s first Golden Chick to open in Baton Rouge

'Zoodles’ officially on the Olive Garden menu

  Former OLOL foundation president charged with wire fraud and money laundering

CVS to remodel 1,500 stores into ‘Health Hubs’ by 2021

Transportation department announces program to help veterans, reservists find trucking jobs

Realtors purchase two Sammy’s Grill restaurants

  Kripsy Kreme closed until winter 2019 for renovations

High waters of Mississippi River halting projects in downtown Baton Rouge

  Residents displaced after crews battle early morning fires in Baton Rouge