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.


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12:11 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Protests Call For Police Accountability

Durham Police at Jesus Huerta protest in December 2013

  Across the nation, protestors have taken to the street to call for reforms in police action. The protests come in the wake of  two grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown. From the coast to the mountains, activists in North Carolina have joined the movement calling for greater police accountability.

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12:32 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Movies on the Radio: Filmed in North Carolina

The original poster for Dirty Dancing, one of the many successful movies filmed in North Carolina.

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 9:06 am

From The Last of the Mohicans to Dirty Dancing and Days of Thunder, movies made in North Carolina have gone on to great box office success. 

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11:37 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Preserving Forbidden Music

Musicologist Michael Haas helped uncover compositions by Jewish musicians who had been persecuted by the Nazis.

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:32 pm

As a young classical music producer in the 1980s, Michael Haas was digging through East German archives researching the works of Kurt Weill.

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12:27 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Immigration, Budget And Shutdown: Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:14 pm

  Governor Pat McCrory joined 16 other state leaders in a lawsuit against the President over his executive action on immigration. The group contents Obama overstepped his authority. Republicans in Congress have threatened to shutdown the government over the policies.
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12:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Changes In Governor’s Cabinet And Abortion Rules Revisited

Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 3:13 pm

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11:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Telling Stories Of Family Traditions

Family eating meal


During the holiday season, perhaps more than any other part of the year, families embrace or reject traditions.

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12:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

State Of Things News Roundup


Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:53 pm


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11:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

A Muse And A Maze: The Mysteries Of Fiction Writing

A Muse & A Maze by Peter Turchi

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:10 pm


Here's a riddle: What does the craft of writing fiction have to do with mystery, magic, and puzzles?

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11:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Global Food Crisis

Oxfam distribution in East Africa, 2011

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:31 pm

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12:21 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 3:26 pm


The dust has settled from last week’s elections and both parties are looking to the future. State house members gear up for their internal contest to fill the Speaker seat vacated by Senator-elect Thom Tillis.

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