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.


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 | 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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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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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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1:07 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg Takes Your Questions

NPR's award-winning correspondent is hosting her first-ever "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit today.
I have covered the legal beat, politics, national events, for.....well, let's just say....decades. I was a print reporter before coming to NPR,...
12:36 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

North Carolina Doctors’ Rap About Urgent Care A Hit

Doctor Linwood Watson of Rex Express Care of Knightdale is one of the video participants.
Credit Still from Youtube video

Several area doctors star in a new video that is getting some buzz online. The video aims to answer the question of when it's appropriate to go to urgent care, and when one should head to the emergency room:

The video features doctors from Rex Express Care in Knightdale, Holly Springs, Wakefield and Cary.

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11:59 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Behind-The-Scenes: How Duke Lemur Center's Jovian Came To Be A PBS Star

This is the story of how Jovian, a Coquerel’s sifaka, became the the "leaping, prancing otherworldly star" of the PBS KIDS show Zoboomafoo. Jovian died Monday at the Duke Lemur Center. He was 20 years old.
Durham, NC - Jovian, in a contemplative mood at the Duke Lemur Center. A quiet sadness spread over the Duke Lemur Center staff on Monday as news spread that Jovian, a much-loved Coquerel's sifaka had died of kidney failure at the age of 20.5 years.
12:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

This Week Only: Apply To Many NC Colleges For Free

Credit Will Folsom / Flickr/Creative Commons

All this week, many area colleges and universities are waiving their application fees. Costs usually run between $40 and $100 per application, so for those students who are applying to several schools, the savings can be substantial. Don't wait till the weekend, though. The special program ends on Friday, Nov. 14.

Here is a complete list of participating colleges and universities:

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