Carol Jackson

Digital News Editor

Carol Jackson has been with WUNC since 2006. As Digital News Editor, she writes stories for, and helps reporters and hosts make digital versions of their radio stories. She is also responsible for sharing stories on social media. Previously, Carol spent eight years with WUNC's nationally syndicated show The Story with Dick Gordon, serving as Managing Editor and Interim Senior Producer.

During her career in media, she has won a number of awards for producing innovative media projects, including numerous EMMY citations and a WEBBY (commonly called The Oscars of the Internet). Previously, Carol served as Director of Educational Production for Maryland Public Television. She grew up in Epsom, NH and attended Emerson College in Boston.  Carol and her family are happy to be in North Carolina – near to her husband's extended family in Smithfield and Apex.


10:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

[VIDEO] One-Of-A-Kind NC Camp Teaches Basics Of Wildlife Field Research

Campers at the NC Zoo in Asheboro learn to use radio telemetry
Credit NC Zoo

A dozen lucky kids tented overnight on the grounds of the NC Zoo recently. They were taking part in a one-of-a-kind summer camp. Carol Jackson tagged along with a video camera.

Usually when kids camp overnight at a zoo they look closely at the animals and learn from the keepers, or maybe the veterinarians.

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Arts & Culture
7:57 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Be Loud! Chapel Hill's Pressure Boys Reunite For Special Reason

Sophie Steiner, self portrait
Credit Sophie Steiner

When Sophie Steiner was 13, she wrote a poem. The title was “Be Loud.”

Here's an excerpt:

… Be loud
And move with grace
Explode with light
Have no fear…

Those words would become a metaphor for her life. When she was 14, Sophie was diagnosed with cancer. It was the fall of her freshman year at East Chapel Hill High. She did six rounds of chemotherapy, and spent months in a pediatric cancer ward before succumbing to her illness. She died one year ago, August 30, 2013.

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12:50 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

[VIDEO] Newborn Lion Cubs At NC Zoo

On July 30,2014 the North Carolina Zoo’s female lion Mekita and male lion Reilly welcomed four cubs.
Credit NC Zoo

July 30, a lion gave birth to four cubs at The North Carolina Zoo. It's the first birth since October 2006. The four cubs are not on exhibit now, but the zoo has made a behind-the-scenes video of them available. They are with mother Mekita:

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

[VIDEO] 'Superman Doesn't Come To Brooklyn' - He Created NC's First Black Superhero

Howard Craft, creator of the Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Carol Jackson

Howard Craft created The Jade City Pharaoh. The superhero guards Concrete Falls, a place not unlike Durham, North Carolina.  The Jade City Pharaoh has been the subject of a stage play, a comic book, and a series of WUNC radio shorts.

The Jade City Pharaoh is one of the few African American superheroes in the world, and he's the only one to have his own radio show.

WUNC's Carol Jackson interviewed Howard Craft and other members of the cast and crew for this feature:

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11:54 am
Mon August 4, 2014

[VIDEO] Would You Be A Foster Family For Bees? 45 Said Yes So Far

This little girl is posing at her grandmother's home in Chapel Hill. She made the sign behind her to welcome the bees.
Credit Carol Jackson

Marty Hanks loves everything about bees. He manages colonies in several counties around the state. If bees are bugging you, he will  remove them for free. But what makes Marty's business unique is not just that he removes the bees -- many beekeepers do that.

It's  that he finds foster families for them.

WUNC's Carol Jackson reports:

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5:00 am
Sat August 2, 2014

UNC Professor's Death: What We Know [Timeline]

Feng Liu
Credit UNC

Dr. Feng Liu died in Chapel Hill recently. He was attacked on a street-corner in a residential neighborhood adjacent to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. On a typical day, that corner serves as a bus stop for area kids.

Two men, Derick Davis of Durham and Troy Arrington of Chapel Hill, are now charged with Dr. Liu's death.

This timeline is a compilation of information that we have thus far about the people and the events.

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Summer Camp
10:06 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Baby 'Controls' 500 Boys At NC's Camp Rockmont

A 15-month-old baby leads the crowd at Camp Rockmont.

This could be the cutest thing you see today. A 15-month-old baby leads the crowd at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.

We saw the post first on Buzzfeed.

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2:38 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Camp Lejeune Barracks Apartment Posted On Craigslist

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Someone has posted an apartment on Craigslist that looks suspiciously like the Camp Lejeune barracks. The "lovely" space is located in a "gated community with 24-hour private security." The ad also touts the "active community with running trails" and "motivation specialists to encourage you along your way." Other amenities include a courtesy wake-up service at or around 0530. "Extremely short commute to work!!!," the ad notes. Read the listing:
July 29th, 2014 | Battle Rattle Camp Lejeune | Posted by Gina Harkins Marines who are preparing for a permanent change of station to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, might be trolling Craigslist for housing. Well, this listing might have everything you're looking for - or perhaps everything you're hoping to escape.
Business & Economy
11:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

[VIDEO] Innovative Assistance For Raleigh’s 'Food Deserts'

Mr. Zelb Hunter (center) started Grocers on Wheels. His soon Demetrius runs it now, with Anita Woodley.
Carol Jackson

Willie Latimore has a really hard time getting fresh food. He lost much of his right leg to diabetes a few years ago, and he uses a wheelchair to get around. He lives at Carriage House Apartments in Raleigh, where the rent is based on income.

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Science & Technology
4:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

National Geographic Report, 'Rising Seas: Will The Outer Banks Survive?'

A Dare County sheriff's deputy walks down damaged Route 12 after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
Credit Steve Earley / Virginian-Pilot/AP

A new report from begins this way: "Development and climate change are causing the islands to slowly vanish, scientists say."

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