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.


Politics & Government
7:42 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Should Firefighters Wear 'Google Glass'?

Rocky Mount firefighter Patrick Jackson
Credit Screenshot from his Google Glass video

A Rocky Mount, NC firefighter is thinking about ways that the latest in new technology  can be applied to firefighting. He talked with CNN:

Patrick Jackson has developed an app for Google Glass, Google's experimental head-mounted computer, which feeds important information directly to the eye-line of firefighters in an emergency.

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The State of Things
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Acclaimed Conductor/Musician On The State Of Things Tuesday

Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Credit Greensboro Symphony

The State of Things will be Live at Triad Stage in Greensboro on January 21.

Frank Stasio will have a number of guests including the Azerbaijani violinist who has led the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade.

Musician, arranger and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky has performed across the globe: from Azerbaijan to Moscow and Los Angeles to New York.

For the last decade, he has served as music director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Sikovetsky will perform live on the Triad Stage.

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Arts & Culture
8:01 am
Sun January 19, 2014

[Photos] Janis Joplin's Custom-Painted Porsche At NC Museum of Art

Porsche Type 356C Cabriolet, 1965, Collection of the Joplin Family
© 2013 Peter Harholdt Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio

There aren't many cars in the world as cool as Janis Joplin's Porsche. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reports that she paid about $3500 for it in 1968.  It was white when she bought it, but her friend Dave Richards made it a work of art.

Howard Kramer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

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Arts & Culture
7:49 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Film With Local Ties Gets Prolonged Standing Ovation At Sundance This Weekend

The film The Case Against 8 gets a standing ovation at Sundance
Credit Southern Documentary Fund via Facebook

The Case Against 8 premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The film is directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White, and was supported by the Southern Documentary Fund. The film received an emotional response from the audience, with a standing ovation that lasted through the credits, SDF and other media outlets report.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Ditching Tater Tots For Kale: The 'Cafeteria Man' Transforms School Menus

Tony Geraci
Credit Tony Geraci


Tony Geraci is best known as "Cafeteria Man." He is on a mission to transform menus at school cafeterias and give students healthier options. He launched a farm-to-school program in Contoocook N.H. Then he went on to make changes in larger school systems in Baltimore and Memphis.

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Politics & Government
9:59 am
Thu January 16, 2014

'How New Manufacturing Hub Could Spur Industry' And 8 More Stories From Around NC

Our own Leoneda Inge reported on President Obama's visit Wednesday.
Credit Matt Shipman

Good morning. Here are some top stories from around the state:

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The State Of Things
5:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field


In the early morning hours of November 19, Durham  youth Jesus Huerta left home. His family called 911, reported him as a troubled runaway and noted his drug problem. A Durham police officer located Huerta, frisked him, cuffed him, and put him in the back of a cruiser. Moments later, the 17 year-old was dead from a gunshot to the head. His family questions the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Politics & Government
11:26 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Obama On New Innovation Institute: 'There Are A Lot Of Folks Down In North Carolina Who Are Excited'

NC State's Pep Band warms up the crowd of people waiting to hear President Obama speak today at the University.
Credit Jessica Jones

Updated 2:55 p.m. Big news today - the President announced a new public-private manufacturing institute that will be headquartered in our state. (Full text of his speech below.)

From the announcement:

The new manufacturing innovation institute announced today in North Carolina is focused on enabling the next generation of energy-efficient, high-power electronic chips and devices by making wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with current silicon-based power electronics in the next five years. 

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Politics & Government
10:09 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Have You Heard? The President Is Coming To Raleigh (And Nine More Headlines of Interest)

President Obama speaking in Mooresville, NC on a previous trip.
Credit The White House

Good morning. Here are some of the top headlines from around the state that we're keeping an eye on.

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Arts & Culture
2:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

She's North Carolina's Own 'Lady Mary'

Katharine Smith Reynolds
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

She was a young woman who took charge of a large estate. She was determined, smart, willing to break some of the social bounds of the time. She didn't much care what people thought of her.

She is not Lady Mary, daughter of the Earl of Grantham in the PBS blockbuster, Downton Abbey. She is Katharine Smith Reynolds, wife of R. J. Reynolds.

Katharine Smith Reynolds and R.J. Reynolds married when Katharine was 24 and R.J. was 54. Despite the thirty year age different, by all accounts they had a marriage based on mutual respect.

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