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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Business & Economy
5:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Charlotte, NC: Take A Virtual Ride On The World's Tallest, Fastest Giga Rollercoaster (Video)

Artist rendering
Credit carowinds.com

Parts of the Fury-325 rollercoaster stand 20-feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. It took 400 trucks to haul the pieces to Carowinds in Charlotte, NC, and the critical "hill" was completed this week.

When the coaster opens this spring it will be the tallest and fastest of its kind in the world, reaching speeds of an astonishing 95 mph. What will the ride be like? Take a look:

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Law
2:36 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

North Carolina Enacts Venus Flytrap Theft Laws: How Big Is The Problem, Really?

Venus flytrap.
Credit David McAdoo / Flickr/Creative Commons

Did you know that picking a Venus Flytrap in North Carolina can now land you two years in prison? The law, enacted earlier this week,  is meant to protect the Venus Flytrap, a rare carnivorous plant that only grows in the wild in swamps near Wilmington.

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Sports
1:44 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Former Tarheel Reaches Final Phase Of LPGA Qualifying School

Katherine Perry
Credit UNC Women's Golf

Katherine Perry never won a tournament when she was on scholarship for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's women's golf team. But she's made it through the first two phases of the LPGA Qualifying School. Today is the start of the third and final phase. If Perry is one of the top 20 women, she will earn a spot on the LPGA Tour.

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9:49 am
Wed December 3, 2014

NPR's 'Book Concierge' - A Guide To 2014's Great Reads

What would you like to read? This multimedia list is an easy way to find great books for the holidays. (Add your suggestions in the comment section!)
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Visit the #bookconcierge, NPR's guide to 2014's great reads. http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2014/
Military
5:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

'Walking Off The War' On North Carolina's Mountain To Sea Trail

Sharon Smith, aka Mama Goose, in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Sharon Smith is taking two months to walk North Carolina's Mountain to the Sea Trail, which is more than 1,000 miles long and crosses the entire state.

Smith served as an Air Force combat medic during the Gulf War - and she is helping to prep the trail for a larger contingent of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who will cross the state next year as a part of the Warrior Hike: Walk off the War program. 

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9:04 am
Tue November 25, 2014

North Carolina Golfer Receives Presidential Honors

Charlotte native Charlie Sifford was the first African-American to earn a PGA tour card. On Monday, President Obama honored Sifford with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Obama said Sifford is one of the country’s “trailblazers who bent the arc of our nation toward justice.”
Commentary By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com At a White House reception on Monday, Charlie Sifford was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, just the third golfer to receive it and the 25th sports figure overall since the inception of the award in 1963.
Arts & Culture
7:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Snapshots Capture Life in Depression-Era North Carolina

Roadside meeting with Durham County farmer. North Carolina. He gives road directions by drawing the dirt with a stick. July 1939
Credit Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress Call Number LC-USF34-020259

During the Great Depression, the federal government sent photographers around the country to meet Americans and document their lives. Those photographers took some 170,000 photographs throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the 194os. The images they captured are among the most iconic of the era.

There's a new way to browse the images by state and even by county. The site is called Photogrammer and it was created by a team at Yale University.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

For Thanksgiving: 8 Vintage Recipes From Duke University's Cookbook Archives

Credit Playing Futures: Applied Nomadology / Flickr/Creative Commons
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Education
12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

North Carolina Teachers Learn About Undocumented Immigrants Through Remarkable Story

Tamaulipas, Mexico, 1996 – Marisol daydreams at dusk while anticipating the arrival of more garbage trucks at the municipal dump.
Credit Janet Jarman

Immigration has taken center stage this week with President Obama's announcement of protection for some  children and families who entered the country illegally. In North Carolina, some area teachers have recently been trained to better understand the experience of such undocumented immigrants. The training is based on an extraordinary set of photos, taken over two decades, on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

WUNC's Carol Jackson tells the story:

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History
1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Duke Performances: Setting Rare Civil War Photos To Music

Ruins in Charleston, S.C., from the album Photographic Views of Sherman’s Campaign
Credit George N. Barnard / David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Duke University recently acquired two stunning sets of photographs of the Civil War. Now, Duke Performances has commissioned a leading guitarist to set the images to music. The result is an intimate perspective on the cost of war.

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