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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12:55 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Gov. McCrory's Financial Disclosures In Dispute

Gov. Pat McCrory

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 3:26 pm

    

An investigation by the Associated Press says Gov. Pat McCrory failed to disclose some his dealings with Tree.com, a licensed mortgage broker in North Carolina.

The governor was a board member of the Charlotte-based company when he took office, and the report says McCrory did not properly fill out financial statements that would have suggested a conflict of interest.

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12:36 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bladenboro Hanging Death Leaves Unanswered Questions

Bladenboro, N.C.

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:28 pm

    

In August, 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found dead in the small town of Bladenboro, N.C, hanging by his neck from a swing set.

Local police say Lacy killed himself, but Lacy's family says suspicious circumstances have raised questions about whether Lacy's death was a suicide or a lynching.

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11:54 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Raleigh Mayor Smedes York Tells Story Of City's Growth

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:35 pm

    

Raleigh native Smedes York has witnessed and facilitated decades of growth in his hometown.

His father developed the iconic Cameron Village in the late 1940s, and he tackled the redevelopment of downtown during his time as mayor from 1979 to 1983.

His memoir, Growing up with Raleigh (Lulu Publishing/2014), documents a life of business, politics and urban planning in North Carolina's capital city.

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11:40 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Bridging The Divide Between Police And The Public

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:00 pm

The decisions not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York have led to calls for reform.

Demonstrations across the country suggest a deep divide between some law enforcement agencies and the people they are charged with protecting.

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12:24 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

What GSK Layoffs Mean For Pharma In North Carolina

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:44 pm

    

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline eliminated 900 jobs yesterday.
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12:09 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Bartender Spins Patrons' Tales

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:39 pm

    

Durham writer Gregg Cusick's day job as a bartender allows him to write about some things he hears from the other side of the bar.

He uses just a few elements of the tales from his patrons to create historical fiction in the form of short stories.

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12:35 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Pat Nathan Hands Down Her Corporate Success

Pat Nathan

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 3:56 pm

  

As a chemist in the 1970s, Pat Nathan was quite often the only woman in the room.

She remained one of the only women in the room as she rose through the rankings at the Dell computer company during the dot-com bubble. She entered the industry at a time when it was grappling with how to dispose of computer waste responsibly.

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12:05 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Unrest In Ferguson Revives Issues Of Race In Justice System

Protesters in Ferguson during demonstrations in August

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:19 pm

A grand jury in St. Louis has decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black man.

In Ferguson, the decision sparked outrage, with several instances of arson and looting overnight. Police have arrested at least 61 people.

In other parts of the country, the decision was met with mixed response and reflection about how race plays into the criminal justice system.

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12:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Alec Baldwin's Return To Public Radio

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:21 pm

  

After a turbulent year in which Alec Baldwin's radio program was suspended due to lack of funding, the podcast Here's the Thing is back on the air.

As a public figure himself, Baldwin uses his conversations with other celebrities like David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld to reveal the intricacies of their work, and how it has changed in recent decades.

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12:24 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

How The President's Executive Order Affects North Carolina Immigrants

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:55 pm

President Obama announced an executive order last night that paves the way for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

The order applies to an estimated four to five million people nationwide. Here in  North Carolina, it applies to more than 100,000 people.

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