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

Zachary, La. man drowns during underwater-style marriage proposal

Man dies while trying to cut down tree in Baton Rouge neighborhood

‘No shooting at Walmart’: Person legally armed with gun, one with scissors get into altercation; bystander injured

Artist creates tribute mural for community activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph

Former LSU wideout Drake Davis arrested again for allegedly pushing girlfriend

Social media videos help lead to arrest in night club shooting that injured 7

  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

Waitr to start delivering alcohol in Louisiana

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

New Orleans Police Department debuts rainbow badge to celebrate pride month

'Zoodles’ officially on the Olive Garden menu

Former OLOL foundation president charged with wire fraud and money laundering

Whole Foods to ban plastic straws and use smaller produce bags

Tornado tears roof off Bear Creek Western Store in Montpelier

Air Transat adds non-stop flights between Montreal and New Orleans

Number of cases continues to rise in La. Hepatitis A outbreak

SNAP recipients could order groceries online from Walmart, Amazon

Proposed bill would legalize low-speed electric scooters in Louisiana

Louisiana legislator proposes bill for production of industrial hemp

GB Sciences approved to grow medical marijuana at LSU facility

Pillsbury flour recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Waitr estimates its revenue grew 200% in 2018

LSU student named queen of Zulu Krewe, Tiger Golden Band to play alongside her in Mardi Gras parade

LSU professor refines process to make biodegradable Mardi Gras beads

Man accused of slaying 5, including his parents, arrested in VA; extradition hearing set

New renderings of Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Mardi Gras’ ship released

Edwards: Unemployment claims from furloughed workers won’t be processed once government reopens

Suspect accused in Wayde Sims' shooting death formally indicted

LSU fraternity shut down; university investigation launched