Laura Lee

Laura Lee is WUNC’s Assistant News Director for Talk. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.

Laura briefly strayed from her Tarheel allegiance in 2011 to obtain a masters degree in journalism from the University of Maryland where she was an Eleanor Merrill Fellow.  Prior to WUNC, Laura worked for NPR on the Washington desk, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation.


NPR Story
12:30 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

After Snowden: The Role Of The Press In National Security

Edward Snowden

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:54 pm


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NPR Story
12:14 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Fracking Halted And House Takes Up Budget Proposal


Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:27 pm

  A superior court judge in Wake County today halted fracking in the state. The court order prohibits the Mining and Energy Commission from accepting or processing fracking permits.
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NPR Story
12:08 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

News Roundup: Guns Bill And Duke Energy Plea

Grand Power K100

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 3:05 pm

A bill in the North Carolina House could change gun regulations in the state. Proponents say the measure would give more consistency to licensing. Opponents, including some law enforcement agencies, say the changes would allow private sellers to skip registration processes.

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NPR Story
12:32 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Missing Black Men In America

Missing Men

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:20 am

As a teenager in Maryland, Dwayne Betts showed promise. The high school student made the honor roll and demonstrated sharp wit.

But Betts grew up in an environment not conducive to success. He recalls three of his classmates being killed. Others went to prison.

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NPR Story
12:16 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Movies On The Radio: Funniest Scenes In Cinema


Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 12:42 pm

From silent film to slapstick comedy, humor has been a staple of the silver screen since the dawn of modern cinema.

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NPR Story
12:21 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Pottery In North Carolina

Potter Ben Owen, III, in his element.
Ben Owen Pottery

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 2:40 pm

Pottery is one of the signature art forms of the Tar Heel State.

From the mountains to the coast, the unique clays of the Carolinas give potters creative materials to create exceptional work. 

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NPR Story
12:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Rise of the Rest: Entrepreneurship In North Carolina

AOL founder Steve Case

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:37 pm

Nearly two-thirds of the nation's venture capital goes to three states: New York, Massachusetts and California. 

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NPR Story
11:58 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Meet Al Buehler

Members of the men's track team pose with Coach Al Buehler.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:31 pm

Today's show is a rebroadcast of an interview with Duke University coach 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Domestic Garden

John Hoppenthaler's new book of poems is an exploration of age and marriage.

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 4:58 pm

When John Hoppenthaler wrote his newest book of poetry, Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon University Press/2015), he was experiencing change in his personal life.

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NPR Story
12:14 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Born To Run And Natural Born Heroes

Author Christopher McDougall

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 5:17 pm

The myth of the modern hero is someone with exceptional abilities and extraordinary strength.

But author Christopher McDougall says becoming a hero is just a matter of tapping into the body's capability for natural movement. 

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