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
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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Military
11:07 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Cutting Edge Treatment Of Traumatic Brain Injury Will Soon Be Done In North Carolina

Credit U.S. Army

Ground was broken this week on a new center at Fort Bragg that will focus on the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. According to the latest estimates from the Defense Department, there have been hundreds of thousands of these cases diagnosed - and perhaps as many that have not yet been diagnosed.

Nine of these new centers are planned for different communities in the United States. They are known as the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers. 

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Business & Economy
11:05 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Durham Vet: 'I Can Kill Myself, I Can Run Away, Or I Can Push Through And Make It A Success'

Matt Victoriano and Robin Young in front of Matt's new business, Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits
Credit Robin Young via Twitter / Here & Now

A Marine Corps vet is receiving national attention for his attempts to open a small business in Durham, North Carolina.

The radio show Here & Now has been following Matt Victoriano's story since last October. The program's host, Robin Young, met Victoriano at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Victoriano had served in Iraq and had been a sniper team leader. Since then he's been coping with post traumatic stress while trying to open a small business.

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Arts & Culture
10:17 am
Sat January 25, 2014

It's 'A Marriage Of Concert, Puppet Show, Music Video And Live Film.’ Give Up?

James Phillips of the band Bombadil poses with the puppet made in his likeness for the show
Credit Bombadil

What is ‘a marriage of concert, puppet show, music video and live film?’ It's a brand new show, premiering under the Duke Performances umbrella, called ‘Love’s Infrastructure.’

This weekend Durham hosts the world premiere.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Live By The Coast? Insurers Want Permission To Raise Rates Dramatically

Calabash is a small fishing town in Brunswick County, North Carolina
Credit Town of Calabash

Aaah, the coast. Those salt breezes. The tasty fresh seafood. The high insurance rates? Not if some mayors and business owners across North Carolina's coastal region have their say. The groups are banding together to contest a proposal to increase home insurance rates in counties that line the coast of North Carolina.

The industry group for insurance companies in North Carolina has requested the state's permission to increase rates up to 35 percent in coastal counties. In other parts of the state, the rise in rates would average 25 percent.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Indigo Girls' Amy Ray: Her New Album Is A Little Bit Country, And A Lot North Carolina

Amy Ray, art from her new album
Credit Amy Ray

Amy Ray is likely best known as a member of the duo the Indigo Girls. She has a solo career as well and this week the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter released her first country record.  It's called "Goodnight Tender" and it has tons of North Carolina connections. It was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville.  There are local musicians involved, like the brothers from Megafaun.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Raleigh Musician: 'It’s Amazing How These Poems Brought My Own Memories Back'

Musician Yuri Yamamoto has documented stories of ordinary Japanese people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. This is a farmer from Iterate. His entire village has evacuated, including his family, but he stays to take care of his horses.
Yuri Yamamoto

When the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, Yuri Yamamoto was living far from home.  She was born in Tokyo, but has lived in North Carolina since the '80s. Even so, she felt a need to help. And, she's done about as much as anyone here.

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

'La boheme Has A Very Special Place In My Heart'- Acclaimed Director In Triangle

North Carolina Opera dress rehearsal.
Credit Curtis Brown Photography

Crystal Manich is known for the magic she works with plywood, duct tape, stage levels, lights, and costumes. She's a theater director, with a passion for opera.

In opera, the stories are big, and the staging matters. One time she directed a production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman." "It is an amazing and complicated opera to put together," she says. In one scene, the Dutchman is singing an aria while a ghost crew works on the ship.

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