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.


NPR Story
12:15 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

70 Years After Liberation, A North Carolina Holocaust Survivor Tells His Story

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:40 pm

In 1944, Nazi soldiers sent Zev Harel and his family to the Auschwitz concentration camp. He was 14 years old.

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NPR Story
12:12 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

The Suffers Bring Gulf Coast Soul To North Carolina

The Suffers are a Gulf Coast soul band out of Houston, Tx.

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 9:10 am

The Suffers, a 10-piece band out of Houston, Tx., features a horn line, rhythm section and the gigantic soulful voice of front woman Kam Franklin.

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NPR Story
11:51 am
Tue March 24, 2015

StutterTalk: Coming Out As A Stutterer

Speech-language pathologist Peter Reitzes produces the StutterTalk podcast.

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 4:04 pm

The stigma of stuttering forces many people who have the speech disorder to avoid talking at all costs.

And for millions of people, the act of trying to suppress stuttering simply amplifies it, so the idea of stuttering on purpose in public seems out of the question.

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NPR Story
12:08 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Crowning The Pun Master

Need we say more?

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 2:35 pm

Since ancient Greece, rhetoric has been a powerful form of speech used to persuade and impress an audience.

Today, the wittiest among us sometimes exchange the most chuckle-inducing form of rhetoric: the pun. That battle of wits is now a competition in the Triangle where 24 contestants will fight for the title of Pun Master of Durham. A champion will be crowned at Motorco in Durham on Monday at 7 p.m.

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NPR Story
12:10 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Transparency In North Carolina's Local Governments

During Sunshine Week the media celebrates open government and transparency in public records.

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:13 pm

Media outlets mark Sunshine Week as a time to celebrate and promote open government laws and free access to public records.

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

New Classics Of The Fire Pink Trio

Fire Pink Trio recently released their first album, "Poetry in Motion."

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:07 pm

The classical music group Fire Pink Trio gets its name from the vibrant mountain wildflower that grows throughout North America.

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NPR Story
12:26 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Duke Energy Faces $171 Million In Penalties This Week

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 3:02 pm


This week, Duke Energy has paid $171 million to shareholders and the state of North Carolina.

The first bill was for $146 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company misled shareholders when it agreed to a merger with Progress Energy in 2012. The other $25 million was a fine from the state for spilling coal ash at a power plant in Wilmington.

Meanwhile, the conversation continues about how to dispose of the coal ash sitting at 14 sites across the state.

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NPR Story
12:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Governor McCrory Amends Financial Statements

Gov. Pat McCrory is facing criticism over previously undisclosed travel expenses.

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 4:14 pm


Gov. Pat McCrory filed new forms with the State Ethics Commission that show previously undisclosed travel expenses. 

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NPR Story
12:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

'The Last Barn Dance:' Innovation At A North Carolina Dairy Farm

Randy Lewis examines a newborn calf on his farm in Alamance County
Ted Richardson and Jason Arthurs

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 4:03 pm


Randy Lewis' dairy farm has been a gathering place for the people of Eli Whitney, N.C., for more than 50 years.

His family's annual barn dances are living relics of simpler times in North Carolina's agricultural industry.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

50 Years Of Solidarity: Rev. Clark Olsen Remembers Brutality And Unity In Selma

Martin Luther King, Jr. marches in Selma, Ala., a week after Bloody Sunday

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 4:41 pm


Rev. Clark Olsen still remembers every detail of the incident that killed a fellow white minister in Selma, Alabama 50 years ago.

Rev. Olsen was one of many clergy members that arrived in Selma on this day in 1965 to show solidarity with black voting rights protestors, and he was at the side of Rev. James Reeb when four segregationists attacked them on the night of March 9, 1965.

Rev. Reeb died two days later. Rev. Olsen now lives in Asheville and still works to keep the memory of Selma and Rev. Reeb alive.

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