Carol Jackson

Digital News Editor

Carol Jackson has been with WUNC since 2006. As Digital News Editor, she writes stories for wunc.org, 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.

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Year-End
11:13 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The 10 Most Popular Stories On WUNC’s Website In 2014

People who visit the WUNC website tend to like science and education. You click on stories that give context to the news and you also like the occasional quirky story.

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Listener Request
9:56 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New Year In North Carolina: Tell Us About Your Traditions

Glen Van Etten's family makes a wish each New Years Day prior to releasing balloons.
Credit Glen Van Etten / Flickr/Creative Commons

My fire pit is standing by, waiting for its annual New Year's Eve workout.

During the day final day of the calendar year, we clean the yard and place pretty much every branch we find into the fire pit. My 13-year-old son takes great pleasure in crinkling up old homework assignments for kindling.

We light the blaze at dusk. As the fire gets going, we jot down sentiments on a piece of paper; we include things that bother us, or that we want to let go of.

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8:00 am
Sun December 14, 2014

NPR Music: Songs We Love, 2014

We made you a mixtape. A really long mixtape. In the past, we've kept this list, of our favorite songs of the year, to 100 songs. Not this year. Instead, we turned our tidy list of songs into a massive, party-starting player in which you can actually listen to every single one of the 302 songs we loved this year, from every genre we cover.
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Put on your headphones and listen to more than 300 of NPR Music's favorite songs from 2014. The best songs of the year.
9:38 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ingenious New Way To Catch Those Who Text And Drive

Now this is surprising:
ASHEBORO - You might be surprised by who's driving by you in a yellow N.C. Department of Transportation pickup truck. If you're texting while driving, another vehicle may suddenly appear - an unmarked N.C. Highway Patrol car with flashing lights. That's because there was a trooper in plain clothes in the NCDOT truck and he observed you texting.
Education
5:50 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Durham Program Ignites Passion For Science, Technology, Engineering And Math [VIDEO]

Students in Neal Magnet Middle's STEM Academy building robots.
Credit Carol Jackson

There's a school program in Durham North Carolina that is preparing low-income African American boys for science, technology and engineering careers. The program is not focused on those who are failing, but rather those who have been chosen for their potential to succeed. WUNC's Carol Jackson has this profile:

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Business & Economy
5:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Charlotte, NC: Take A Virtual Ride On The World's Tallest, Fastest Giga Rollercoaster (Video)

Artist rendering
Credit carowinds.com

Parts of the Fury-325 rollercoaster stand 20-feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. It took 400 trucks to haul the pieces to Carowinds in Charlotte, NC, and the critical "hill" was completed this week.

When the coaster opens this spring it will be the tallest and fastest of its kind in the world, reaching speeds of an astonishing 95 mph. What will the ride be like? Take a look:

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Law
2:36 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

North Carolina Enacts Venus Flytrap Theft Laws: How Big Is The Problem, Really?

Venus flytrap.
Credit David McAdoo / Flickr/Creative Commons

Did you know that picking a Venus Flytrap in North Carolina can now land you two years in prison? The law, enacted earlier this week,  is meant to protect the Venus Flytrap, a rare carnivorous plant that only grows in the wild in swamps near Wilmington.

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Sports
1:44 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Former Tarheel Reaches Final Phase Of LPGA Qualifying School

Katherine Perry
Credit UNC Women's Golf

Katherine Perry never won a tournament when she was on scholarship for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's women's golf team. But she's made it through the first two phases of the LPGA Qualifying School. Today is the start of the third and final phase. If Perry is one of the top 20 women, she will earn a spot on the LPGA Tour.

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9:49 am
Wed December 3, 2014

NPR's 'Book Concierge' - A Guide To 2014's Great Reads

What would you like to read? This multimedia list is an easy way to find great books for the holidays. (Add your suggestions in the comment section!)
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Visit the #bookconcierge, NPR's guide to 2014's great reads. http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2014/
Military
5:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

'Walking Off The War' On North Carolina's Mountain To Sea Trail

Sharon Smith, aka Mama Goose, in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Sharon Smith is taking two months to walk North Carolina's Mountain to the Sea Trail, which is more than 1,000 miles long and crosses the entire state.

Smith served as an Air Force combat medic during the Gulf War - and she is helping to prep the trail for a larger contingent of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who will cross the state next year as a part of the Warrior Hike: Walk off the War program. 

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