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
12:09 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

'Off The Books:' A Career As A North Carolina Columnist

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:44 pm

In his 13 years at the Raleigh News and Observer, J. Peder Zane says he tried to perfect the art of the newspaper column. 

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

A Jazz-Bluegrass Jam Session With The Jon Stickley Trio

From left to right: Patrick Armitage, Jon Stickley, and Lyndsay Pruett

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:55 pm

Durham native Jon Stickley has jumped around from Indy rock bands to renowned bluegrass groups like Big Fat Gap and Town Mountain.

But he's found another musical home in Asheville with his newest creation, the Jon Stickley Trio. 

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NPR Story
11:59 am
Thu May 14, 2015

The State Of Investigative Journalism With Veteran Reporter Chuck Lewis

Chuck Lewis

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:51 pm

Chuck Lewis has had a long career as an investigative journalist. He has worked for national news shows, including CBS News' "60 Minutes," and he helped to create the Center for Public Integrity. 

But in the decades since he started digging for the truth, the reporting industry has suffered a serious decline in investigative reporting.

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NPR Story
3:15 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

GSK, UNC And The New Fight Against AIDS

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 3:42 pm

UNC-Chapel Hill announced a partnership this week with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to work on a cure for AIDS.

Scientists say what once was a lofty goal is now more realistic, thanks in part to UNC's already-extensive AIDS research. 

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NPR Story
11:53 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Meet Frances Campbell, A Pioneering Researcher In Early Childhood Education

Frances Campbell, senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
UNC-Chapel Hill

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 3:04 pm

In 1972, Frances Campbell was a mother of two, simply looking for a part-time job in Chapel Hill, when she stumbled upon what would be a groundbreaking study on early childhood education.

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill asked her to examine the benefits of early education on children from poor families. They called it the Abecedarian Project.

(Read a 1974 booklet that describes the project here.)

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NPR Story
12:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

North Carolina's Changing Energy Policy

A view of Duke Energy's Marshall Steam Station from the public entrance off N.C. Highway 150.

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:35 pm

State lawmakers recently negotiated a deal that originally would have weakened North Carolina's requirements for renewables as one source of the state's energy portfolio.

Instead, the House agreed to study the matter further. 

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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 Thu May 21, 2015 11:24 am

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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