Jeremy Loeb

Reporter & Morning Edition Host

Jeremy Loeb is a reporter and host of Morning Edition on WCQS. He joined the station in December 2014.

Jeremy grew up in Durham, North Carolina. He got his start in radio as an intern at WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington, NC while attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was an operations assistant, host of All Things Considered, and was one of a rotating roster of hosts for an eclectic half-hour music program during his six years there. He then spent two years back near his hometown, living in Carrboro, NC while working for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC. He was a reporter, a Morning Edition producer, and backup host for All Things Considered.

After two years, Jeremy moved to Washington D.C. and drove a pedicab on the National Mall and volunteered on various political campaigns. He returned to WHQR briefly after a year to be their All Things Considered host. He then joined Alabama Public Radio in Tuscaloosa as a reporter and Morning Edition host. He was there until moving to downtown Asheville and beginning work at WCQS.

Jeremy was also a producer for two years on A Season’s Griot, out of Wilmington, the only nationally-syndicated Kwanzaa program in the country, and filled in for a short time as a producer on WUNC’s local affairs program The State of Things, which is now aired on WCQS weekdays at noon. He likes reading and drinking coffee at Battery Park Book Exchange, and he’s happiest when he’s riding his bike and blasting indie music in his headphones.

Ways to Connect

Haywood County Schools

The Haywood County School board has voted to close Central Elementary School in Waynesville on a 6-to-2 vote.  Board Chairman Chuck Francis, who as Chair did not vote, called it a "heartbreaking decision," and a day he hoped would never come.  He cited funding cuts and declining enrollment, partly due to the opening of a charter school nearby, as reasons for the action.  He spoke with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb. 

Central Elementary Principal Jean Ann Yates e-mailed a statement to WCQS: 

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Residents of western North Carolina had an opportunity to weigh in on Congressional maps this morning in a public hearing at UNC Asheville.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb reports.

Ed Bowser

On Friday, 86-year-old Asheville resident Reba Miller Bowser got a visit at her apartment from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.  They were there to fix what they admit was a mistake: turning her down for a voter ID.  A day later, her son Ed Bowser welcome me into their home for a chat with Reba and himself.  Reba seemed in an upbeat, jocular mood.

Reba Miller Bowser: "Do I have to watch my language?"

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The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is apologizing to an 86-year-old Asheville woman who was turned away trying to get photo ID to vote.  DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell told WCQS's Jeremy Loeb it's likely the employee at the Asheville DMV who turned away Reba Miller Bowser wasn't adequately trained.  Bowser was denied ID because DMV wasn't satisfied that the 'M' on her licenses stood for Miller.  Her 1929 birth certificated indicated Miller as her last name.  She later took her husband's surname Bowser.  Howell says DMV has apologized to Bowser's family and have vowed to make it r

As the city of Flint, Michigan deals with the aftermath of its water crisis, WCQS checked in with Asheville Water Resources Director Jade Dundas to see whether Asheville was in any danger of the same problems.  Dundas said Asheville's water is tested routinely for lead, most recently in the fall.  He says Asheville's water is in excellent quality.  Dundas adds that while workers are on heightened alert because of the contamination in Flint, that hasn't changed any of what they're doing.  He describes how Asheville's water is tested, what it's tested for, and how often in the conversation ab

Christina Hallingse/Asheville Police Dept.

In light of the recent killing of a black man by a white officer in Asheville, as well as separate tragedies involving police in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas, we are highlighting an interview conducted in February with Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper that touched on body cameras and other high-profile shootings that were being hotly debated at the time, and still are to this day.  The Asheville incident is under investigation.  Police say the man was wielding an AR-15 rifle and was a threat to the officer.  The victim's family has called the killing unjustified.

Snow Pounding Western North Carolina

Jan 19, 2016
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Snow is continuing to fall in western North Carolina.  Forecasters are calling for as much as 14 inches in some parts of the mountains. 

Thousands are without power as snow blankets the region.  For the latest, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Duke Energy spokesman Tom Williams, who spoke with us from his home in Fairview.  We asked him what conditions were like there.

Henderson County is under a state of emergency as snow amounts are averaging around 6 inches.  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Major Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff's office.

The 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast will be held Saturday morning at the Crown Plaza Resort in Asheville.  More than 1,000 people are expected to attend. 

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Early voting is underway in the election for Asheville's city council.  The primary election whittled the race down to six candidates.  They're now vying for three open seats on the council in the November 3rd general election.  WCQS reporters David Hurand and Jeremy Loeb interviewed all six.  Their full comments are posted below in the order in which they aired.