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.


2:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

North Carolina Podcast Poised To Hit National Stage

Criminal's episode art is by Julienne Alexander
Credit Julienne Alexander

Criminal is a new podcast that's gaining some buzz. In August, the Huffington Post called it the Best New Radio Show In America. A couple of months later, it was included in Buzzfeed's list of "12 Podcasts That Will Make You A Better Human."

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12:41 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

1,400 Tweets About Teaching In NC: Education Leaders Respond

WUNC ran a month-long project where we asked teachers to give us a snapshot of their lives.

Many teachers shared photos of exciting things happening inside their classrooms. But many also shared frustrations. Teacher pay and workload topped the list:

We asked a variety of educational leaders in the state to review all of the responses to #TeachingInNC. We asked a simple question: what do you see? 

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10:02 am
Fri October 31, 2014

What Teaching Looks Like In North Carolina

The caption to this tweet: "#teachinginNC Water's Edge Village School in Corolla, NC (NC's smallest public school); our motto: We got this!"

At the beginning of this school year, WUNC ran an experiment. We asked teachers a simple question: "Give us a snapshot of your life, in words or pictures."

By the end of the month we had 1,400 responses, mostly on Twitter.

Teachers talked about their pay, their frustrations, their surprising moments, their working weekends, their plugged up classroom toilets. They took photos of t-shirts kids wore and notes students left. We saw a remarkable number of ways teachers are using technology. In short, we received just what we asked for, a window into the teaching profession in North Carolina today.

>> Look at the archive of responses here. Look at how educational leaders across the state responded to the project here.

Nancy Gardner is one of the teachers who contributed to the project. Gardner is National Board Certified Teacher with over 26 years of experience in grades 7-12. She currently teaches senior English at Mooresville High School in Mooresville, N.C. where she chairs the English Department. We asked Nancy to review the tweets and Instagram contributions and tell us what she saw:

"I am inspired, and yes, a little weepy, when I read and view all of these at one time," writes Gardner. "Although some of these mention the salaries and frustrations with all of the issues facing NC teachers, the 'narrative' continues to reinforce the dedication our teachers have to helping all students become successful, in spite of the challenges."

Gardner then provided this list, something she calls "broad takeaways":

"No longer do we have rows of traditional teaching with the teacher in the front of the room," writes Gardner.  "All levels, K-12 are in small groups-and the lessons are teacher facilitated or coached."

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4:09 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

New York Times: 'A Visit To Madison Bumgarner Country, And A Proud Father's Home'

Madison Bumgarner grew up in North Carolina. He was drafted into the major leagues in 2007 out of high school. This week he led the San Francisco Giants to a World Series win. It's Bumgarner's third such title. This is an interview with his dad.
HUDSON, N.C. - Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung opened the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl. "Wooooooooooo." The man, Kevin Bumgarner, trundled backed into his living room, waving at me to follow.
Science & Technology
2:53 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Meet The North Carolina Boy With A 3D Printed Hand

Holden Mora shows his new hand (and a pumpkin spice cookie) at the WUNC studios.
Credit Carol Jackson

Seven-year-old Holden Mora's hand is something that Iron Man might envy. It's bright red, and appears indestructible. Holden was born with something called Symbrachydactyly, and his hand didn't develop properly in the womb.

The 3D hand was created specially for Holden by a UNC  biomedical engineering student, Jeffrey Powell. Powell didn't use high-tech prosthetic engineering tools to create the hand. He used a 3D printer.

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WUNC Updates
11:29 am
Tue October 28, 2014

RadioLab's Jad Abumrad In Durham Tonight; Get 50 Percent Off Tickets

Jad Abumrad
Credit the artist

Jad Abumrad, MacArthur "Genius Grant" award-winner, and host of RadioLab is coming to Durham, NC, this Sunday Nov. 2. The title of his talk at the Carolina Theatre is "Gut Churn."

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Politics & Government
4:18 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Check Out This Handy NC 'Ballot-Builder'

Credit NC Center for Voter Education/UNC-TV

U.S. House, State Senate, District Attorney, Board of Commissioners, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, N.C. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, N.C. District Court...there will be a lot more names on your ballot than those running for U.S. Senate.

In my county, there are 22 choices to be made.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

3 Things To Know About Voting In NC

Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014
Credit Ludovic Bertron / Flickr/Creative Commons

Here are the top three questions the volunteers at are currently being asked:

1. Is it too late to register to vote?

Yes, it is too late to register. If you didn't register, you can't vote.

2. Do I need any identification to vote?

You do not need any identification to vote. That is due to change in 2016, but for now, just show up.

3. Where do I vote?

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Arts & Culture
11:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Story Update: Money Raised To Protect Civil War Land

This is the Unity Monument at Bennett Place. The vulnerable tract of land is across the street from this monument.
Credit NC Department of Cultural Resources

Update 10/23/14:

North Carolina has raised the more than $300,000 needed to protect land near Bennett Place Historic Site in Durham. The site witnessed the largest Confederate troop surrender of the Civil War.

The money will be used to buy 1.9 acres located near Bennett Place and the "Unity Monument" which symbolically marks the reunification of the country.

The state received two grants of $150,000 each. $13,000 more came in through smaller donations.

Original story:

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10:08 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Academic Fraud At UNC: Athletes Directed Toward Bogus Classes

Kenan Memorial Stadium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Credit William Yeung / Flickr/Creative Commons

Update Thursday 9:04 a.m.:

Kenneth Wainstein says academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill began more than 20 years ago. The former federal prosecutor detailed the findings of his eight-month investigation Wednesday. It’s the latest in a series of investigations that marks one of the worst scandals in the school’s 225-year history.

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