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

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

No injuries reported during explosion at Plaquemine chemical plant

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

Gumbo beer? You’ll soon get a chance to try it for yourself

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

Police report, surveillance video indicate couple involved in camel-biting incident may not have been entirely truthful

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

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

Complaint from 2014 says Salamoni showed ‘no regard’ for dying shooting victim, delayed medical assistance

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

Waitr to start delivering alcohol in Louisiana

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

Louisiana state parks to hire people with special needs for summer jobs

Lock design delays launch of Gotcha bike sharing program in Baton Rouge

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

Yelp adds health scores for Louisiana restaurants

GB Sciences approved to grow medical marijuana at LSU facility

Pillsbury flour recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Business summit speakers: Better infrastructure, maintaining fiscal equilibrium and public trust among priorities

Waitr estimates its revenue grew 200% in 2018

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

DCFS reports early issuance of Feb. food stamps for La. recipients complete

Person killed during attempted robbery of LSU athletes identified

Parrot uses Alexa to order items, play music while owner is away

83-year-old Vietnam War veteran receives Ph. D. from LSU despite setbacks

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Amazon delivery van rolls down driveway, hits light pole