Will Michaels

Will Michaels is a fan of news, sound and story. He started as an intern at WUNC when he was a student at the University of North Carolina. As a part of his internship, he worked for a semester on the daily national show, The Story with Dick Gordon. Will concentrated on radio while at college, studying under veteran NPR reporter Adam Hochberg. He anchored the student news reports, and then came full-time to WUNC. He was the Morning Edition producer for a couple of years for the station, rising before the sun to help morning host Eric Hodge gather and present the news. He is now working on WUNC's North Carolina Teacher Project.

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NPR Story
12:28 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

NC Law Enforcement Officers Face Federal Drug Charges

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 3:54 pm

Federal prosecutors charged 13 current and former law enforcement officers in connection with a drug shipment network in North Carolina. 

Authorities say seven officers connected to the Northampton County Sheriff's Office conspired to distribute controlled substances from North Carolina to South Carolina and Maryland. Some also face money laundering, extortion and weapons charges.

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NPR Story
12:28 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

The Bills That Passed Or Missed NC's Crossover Deadline

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 4:07 pm

State lawmakers passed nearly 100 bills in two days to meet this session's crossover deadline, the time when non-budgetary measures have to pass at least one chamber of the General Assembly to stay alive.  

Bills about the death penalty, education policy and environmental regulations are among those that still have legs.

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

Attorneys Lack Access To Detained Immigrants

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrest.

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 4:54 pm

Thousands of women and children from Central America are still waiting for decisions about whether they will be granted asylum in the United States. Many came here to escape rising violence in their home countries.

But until their court dates, they are being held at family detention centers along the Southwest border. Advocates and attorneys have reported prison-like conditions at these facilities with limited access to legal representation.

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NPR Story
12:22 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Women Enroll In Army's Toughest Training

Spc. Crisma Albarran, of Orland, Calif., detaches an ammunition case from its mount after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flight over Iraq, March 14, 2010.

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 3:06 pm

This month, 19 women began the course to become Army Rangers at Ft. Benning, Ga.

It marks the first time females have been permitted to train for the special operations team. 

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NPR Story
12:51 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Mad Satta And A New Wave Of Jazz And Soul

Mad Satta is a Neo-Jazz band out of New York City.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:03 pm

The New York band Mad Satta is part of a new generation of jazz and soul musicians.

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NPR Story
12:21 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

DOJ Weighs In On Crime And Policing In Durham

The Durham police department.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:03 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed racial discrepancies when it comes to gun-related violence in Durham. 

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NPR Story
12:14 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

The Civil War Ended In Durham

Historian and Civil War reenactor Philip Brown.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:41 pm

April 9, 1865 is widely known as the day the American Civil War ended.

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee handed his sword over to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, Va.

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NPR Story
12:10 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

State Lawmakers Consider Bills On Iran, Teacher Assault And Research Universities

The North Carolina legislative building.

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 4:38 pm

Lawmakers in the state House have until the end of the day to file any bills they have not yet submitted. 

Hundreds of proposals are already up for debate this session. One plan would require university professors to teach four courses per semester to keep their salaries. 

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Winners And Losers On Tax Day In North Carolina

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:27 pm

Many North Carolinians are spending April 15 finishing up their income tax statements.

But others have already noticed a few surprises on their returns due to changes in the state tax code and subsidies from the Affordable Care Act. The revisions mean higher or lower tax bills for thousands of taxpayers.

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

The Social Science Of Diversity

N.C. State University professor Rupert Nacoste's latest book is "Taking on Diversity."

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:47 pm

Rupert Nacoste served in the U.S. Navy during military race riots in the 1970s.

His commanding officers chose him to facilitate conversations about race relations among his fellow sailors. The experience prompted him to pursue a career as a social psychologist. 

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