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.


3:57 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

NC's Coal Ash Disaster, By The Numbers

Sample screen of the Dan River coal ash spill timeline
Credit NC Health News

Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal for energy. The ash, which is filled with toxins, is collected in ponds around the state. A pipe running under one of a ponds run by Duke Energy in Eden NC ruptured in February of 2014. The coal ash spilled, affecting the Dan River. The spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.

How much coal ash was disbursed into the Dan River?

Between 30,0000 tons and 39,000 tons

How much will it cost to clean up the ash per river mile?

1 million dollars per mile

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Ari Picker, Lost in the Trees: The Eric Hodge Interview

Lost in the Trees
Credit the artist

The folk/pop group Lost in the Trees has a new album out this month. The group has been praised for its instrumental mastery, ethereal sound  and passionate performances. This album is a new direction for them. Front man Ari Picker says that new direction was carefully planned: "Well, I didn't want to do the same thing that I had been doing. I needed to switch it up or not make another record, so I decided to switch it up."

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Arts & Culture
1:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Raleigh's Kat Robichaud: The Voice Finalist Winds Down Kickstarter, Ramps Up Plans

Kat Robichaud crowd surfed while singing during one of her standout 'The Voice' performances
Credit NBC

Raleigh glam rocker Kat Robichaud finished in the top ten of NBC's program The Voice last season. Robichaud says that she never could have imagined the kind of success she found on television: "I was an awkward little girl, I just didn't fit in anywhere. High school sucked. College, honestly wasn't too much better. And it wasn't until I joined my band that I started finding my voice. When my band broke up I was devastated. I didn't know what to do.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Jade City Pharaoh - Sanctuary (Season 2, Ep. 4)

Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Luis Franco /

As a crime fighter, Herald Jones knows not every moment of a heroes life is filled with adventure. Sometimes he has to run errands just like the rest of us -- except he can fly and we can't. But even a simple trip to the bank can turn to danger for the Jade City Pharaoh.

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Coal Ash
1:43 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Talks Coal Ash With MSNBC's Rachel Maddow

Jeff Tiberii reports on coal ash spill on MSNBC 2/19/14

"Behold the frog that I am more worried than any other frog in any other place in the world."

Last night, Rachel Maddow began a segment on her MSNBC television program focusing on a little frog that can be seen in a pipe. (Officials have fed a camera into a pipe under a coal ash dump in Eden North Carolina to see if it was leaking.)

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5:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Sochi Olympics: 3 North Carolina Connections

Charleston Forge table featured on Sochi Olympic set
Credit Charleston Forge

Do the Olympics seem far away? N0t many North Carolinians are competing. (Before the games, we told you about speed skater Heather Richardson, but her games were a bust.) And with no hometown heroes to cheer on, well, humph.

But then, with the swell of the Olympic theme...seemingly from nowhere....we find these three local connections to the world-wide games.

1. Handmade in Boone, NC-Made Table Dresses Up Set

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Politics & Government
2:02 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

What's It Like To Have Internet 100 Times Faster Than Broadband?

Yesterday we wrote about the possibility that Google Fiber might come to the Triangle. Google Fiber is new technology that delivers high speed Internet, 100 times faster than basic broadband. (Read our original story below for more about the announcement.)

Google Fiber first deployed in Kansas City. So we decided to call a resident and find out what it's like.

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7:39 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Rebuilding A Slave Cabin: 'Proud Of The Work We’ve Done'

WUNC's Leoneda Inge has been working to rebuild a slave cabin on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier estate

Updated 2/21/14: 

All this week, WUNC's Leoneda Inge is working with a team to re-construct a slave cabin that dates back to the early 1800s. The cabin is on the grounds at James Madison’s Montpelier in the Piedmont region of Virginia. The remains of the original slave cabin was discovered and excavated in 2010.  Leoneda and the team will be helping to rebuild the slave quarter at the actual site where it stood generations ago. She'll be blogging all week. We will excerpt her blog here and link to each day's entry.

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Re-Mixing The News
7:25 am
Mon February 17, 2014

[VIDEO] Teens Remix The News In Projects In North Carolina And Beyond

Pierce Freelon (left) and Apple Juice Kid with students from the community
Credit Beat Making Lab

In an after-school project called "Re-Mixing the News" a group of middle and high school students from Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC, take WUNC news reports and add inspiration: beats, sound effects, and music. They create a fresh, new take on traditional journalism in the Beat Making Lab.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Jade City Pharaoh - Last Call (Season 2, Ep. 3)

The Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Luis Franco /

In our last episode, you might remember, our hero chased The Beef Cooka and his driver to a fiery crash at a police roadblock. But somehow, the wily Beef Cooka escaped.

This week, the search for the sinister fiend must wait as the green-caped avenger, the Jade City Pharaoh,  embarks on a personal crusade to save his detective friend from destroying herself. It's a quest that threatens a budding romance.

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