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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Environment
12:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Winter Weather Advisory Still In Effect

The National Weather Service's preliminary snowfall map, based on reports they've received from the public so far. 9 a.m., 1/29/14
Credit National Weather Service, Raleigh via Facbook

From the National Weather Service in Raleigh:

A winter weather advisory continues through noon Thursday for all of central North Carolina:

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Environment
11:37 am
Wed January 29, 2014

On The Road Today? Remember *47 (And Three More Tips For Drivers)

Photographer Rick Anderson took this image on the Outer Banks.
Credit Rick Anderson @OBXPhotos via Twitter

Crews have been out all night, plowing and salting roads in the areas affected by last night's snowstorm. Roads and bridges are open, but many secondary roads still have snow and ice. The NC Department of Transportation reports that high winds on N.C. 12 in Dare County have blown sand on the road through the night. The road is open, but may be down to one lane in some places.

Most of us know the tips for driving on snow and ice: drive cautiously, leave extra room between you and the car in front of you. Here are some tips you may not know:

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Environment
10:55 am
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Drifting Snow On The Outer Banks

Caption from Twitter: Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, beautiful even when surrounded by snow. 9:32 a.m. 1/29/14
Credit Seaside Vacations @SeasideVacation via Twitter / www.OuterBanksVacations.com

Photographers and videographers have been out on the Outer Banks this morning, taking stock of the snow.

Rick Anderson plies his trade in Kill Devil Hills, NC. He has been busy documenting the precipitation near his home.

He's out on the roads, taking pictures. He headed to the beach to look at the accumulation.

Earlier this morning Rick Anderson posted this to Twitter:

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Environment
10:20 am
Wed January 29, 2014

All NC Ferry Routes Are Currently Not In Service

Environment
10:12 am
Wed January 29, 2014

#ShowYourCans - How Do You Measure Snow?

Measuring the snow fall via a fence?
Credit @VisitNC via Twitter

Updated 4:26 p.m. with new images.

Lots of us measure the snow by looking at our patio furniture. That's fun and easy, for sure.

Do you have a different way to measure the snow near you? Share your shots!

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Environment
8:37 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Social Media: Follow The Snow Here, There, And Most Everywhere

North Raleigh 8:36 a.m. 1/29/14
Credit WRAL's Stephanie Beck via Twitter

Those white flakes accumulated all around the state. More fell on the coast than around the Triangle area and Piedmont.

Here are some images and tweets from Twitter - people who tagged images "ncwx".

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

For Real Time Updates On Road Conditions, Launch App

The ReadyNC app is for Android and iPhone
Credit State of NC

There's a new app for Iphone and Android that could help North Carolinians in this week's winter weather. It's called ReadyNC.

This app does not replace 9-1-1. Rather, it's a place to look for local weather or road conditions, or to find a local shelter if needed.  The app is even designed to offer real-time flood conditions on local waterways.

The app launched not long ago, so this will be its first big test.

If you search for the app on iTunes or the Apple App Sotre, look for "ReadyNC" (No space.)

Links:

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Environment
1:39 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Social Media And Snow - Where To Be Online When It's Snowy Outside

Look for NCDOT on Twitter
Credit Dave DeWitt

Looking to follow news about the storm on Twitter? Look for the hashtags #ncwx or #ncsnow. Also, as the storm revs up on the outer banks, search for #snOBX.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is @NCDOT.  They have 16,340 followers. They live tweet information, even videos. Here's one, hosted by a snowplow driver, about when they decide to start plowing the roads:

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

PopUp Chorus: 'The Best Damn Thing To Do On A Monday Night'

A chorus of teens sings Everybody Hurts by REM. this was another one of Lauren Hodge's chorus projects.
Credit Still from YouTube video

Beginning tonight, a new musical endeavor begins at Motorco Music Hall in Durham. The "PopUp Chorus" is a chance for anyone to be a part of a musical chorus, with no commitment and no auditions.

The program organizer is Lauren Hodge. (And yes, that name is familiar, Lauren is married to WUNC Morning Edition host, Eric Hodge.) The chorus will be directed by Seamus Kenney. Kenney says that the ad-hoc chorus will build on the skills of the participants. "If you can sing this harmony, huzzah, huzzah, we'll add a harmony to this. I just love leading people and music."

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Some With Developmental Disabilities Find Entrepreneurial Success In Triangle

A laundry business is one of the many successful entrepreneurial companies incubated by Extraordinary Ventures
Credit Courtesy of Extraordinary Ventures

In a traditional labor market, Ewan Toscano might be considered "hard to employ." But he's part of group of young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities who have a proven track record -- not only of employment -- but of entrepreneurship in the Triangle. 

Toscano really likes his job, saying, "I work at EV for two hours four days a week.I make twelve candles.  I love my job.  I see my friends."

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