About Leanora Minai

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I was born in Africa to Italian-American parents and grew up in Singapore, Indonesia, Nigeria and Cameroon. My dad was a petroleum geologist whose explorations took my family all over the world. I attended The Masters School just outside New York City, where I discovered my love for writing.

After an adventurous childhood, my first real job was at McDonald’s in Plano, Texas, where I managed to win McDonald’s “Outstanding Service Person” during a Founder’s Day celebration. 

Repeated nights of begging my parents to let me stay up for the late news only confirmed my passion for journalism. I graduated from Texas Christian University’s journalism program, now the Schieffer School of Journalism.

I covered crime and city and county government as a staff writer for the Pulitzer Prize winning St. Petersburg Times, now The Tampa Bay Times.

I am now the Communications Director for the Office of Communication Services at Duke University, where I serve as editor for the award-winning Working@Duke magazine and co-editor for Duke Today. I'm also pursuing a master's degree in liberal studies at Duke University and serve on the board of directors at the Museum of Durham History.

I'm always looking to tell a story that can make a difference and affect positive change. I received a certificate in documentary arts from Duke's Center for Documentary Studies after producing "The Mothers," a short documentary film about mothers in Durham, North Carolina, who support each other through grief after losing a child to murder.

I count among my passions looking at old buildings, exploring cities near and far on foot and enjoying life in the great city of Durham, North Carolina, with my family, which includes our mischievous labrador, Vinny.

You can get in touch with me at LeanoraMinai@gmail.com.