Strategic Communications and Journalism
Director of Communications, Office of Communication Services
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina – November 2004 to present
At Duke University, I direct the award-winning print and online news publications for 38,000 employees as Director of Communications for the Office of Communication Services. As part of my role, I also develop strategic communication plans, oversees social media and serve on Duke's emergency management steering committee. I serve as the editor-in-chief of the print publication, Working@Duke, and the digital publication, Duke Today Working@Duke, both of which have received national recognition:
- Gold award, Circle of Excellence, Print Internal Newsletter from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Working@Duke, 2017, 2014; Silver award, 2015 and 2013; Bronze award, 2016, 2009 and 2007
- Gold award, Circle of Excellence, Periodical Staff Writing for Internal Audiences from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Working@Duke: 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007
- Bronze award, Circle of Excellence, Web-Based Internal Audience Periodicals from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Duke Today: 2012
- Best Employee Newsletter (Print Publication), Ragan Recognition Awards (Lawrence Ragan Communications), Working@Duke: 2014, 2011, 2008
- Best Employee Newsletter (Electronic Publication), Ragan Recognition Awards (Lawrence Ragan Communications), Working@Duke section on Duke Today: 2011
In addition to my full-time work, I am a master's degree student in Liberal Studies at Duke University. In 2012, I created my first short documentary, The Mothers. I have presented at several conferences about internal communications and corporate storytelling.
Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Petersburg Times), St. Petersburg, Florida – April 1994 to October 2004
I wrote more than 2,000 stories as a reporter for the Pulitzer Prize winning Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) in Florida. I covered city and county government and a metropolitan police agency, writing about everything from high-profile crimes to hurricanes. I was part of a team that won the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting.
"Good journalism shines a light in a dark corner, holding public officials accountable. As a reporter at the St. Petersburg Times, Leanora Minai at turns covered city and county governments and a major metro police department," said Kevin McGeever, a former editor and now senior editor for VISITFLORIDA.com. "She broke news at every stop. Her reporting made citizens smarter."
The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – October 1990 to April 1994
I got my start in journalism as a general assignment reporter at The Times Leader in Pennsylvania.