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
5:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

[Images] Documenting Moral Mondays, Camera And Canvas

Photographer Dave Otto took this image. It has become one of the iconic images of the Moral Monday protests. William Barber, the president of the NC NAACP is in the center, surrounded by community leaders.

They are both named David. Dave Otto is a photographer, David C. Taylor is a painter. Together, they are providing some of the most stunning visual images related to the Moral Monday protests.

David Taylor went to one protest by himself. "I just kind of wanted to be a part of it, but I felt like an outsider. I didn’t know where the event was, I wasn't sure how to get close to the speaker. I didn’t even take my camera."

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Science & Technology
3:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

How Strobe Lights Are Helping The Carolina Hurricanes Increase Performance

Carolina Hurricanes trainer Peter Friesen (left) watches as NHL goalie Justin Peters performs a drill with a tennis ball while wearing 'stroboscopic training' eyewear.
Credit Peter Friesen @NHLCanes / Carolina Hurricanes

It's pretty amazing to think that strobe lights in a club, the ones that make you kind of dizzy, could actually help our brains process images.

Duke researchers knew that they were on to something. They had done at least one other study on "stroboscopic visual conditions." So, they teamed up with some men whose livelihoods depend on visual acuity, hockey players, to test their theories out.

They designed special glasses with kind of an internal strobe light. The glasses intermittently let vision in, and then cut it off.

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Arts & Culture
2:05 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Local NC Writer And Bookseller Suggest 6 Great Books

Looking for last minute gift ideas, or a really good read during the holiday break? Here are six ideas from two local "book guys": Jamie Fiocco, general manager of Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, publisher of Bull Spec Speculative Fiction Magazine.

1. Life After Life by Jill McCorkle

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The State of Things
10:24 am
Thu December 19, 2013

How Did #NotYourAsianSidekick Become The Place To Talk About Race and Stereotypes Online?

Suey Park, creator #NotYourAsianSidekick
Credit Suey Park

Lots of people are talking about race on Twitter this week, using the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick.

The person who started the conversation is the writer Suey Park. She says that there are so many stereotypes: Asians are submissive, good at math and science, and play the violin. She wants to have a fuller conversation about Asian Americans.

This minute and a half BBC video is a good intro to Suey and the topic:

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Arts & Culture
8:34 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Raleigh Viral Video: 'Xmas Jammies' Close To 11 Million Youtube Views

Holderness family in their jammies

We've been following the story of a local family and their holiday video that has gone viral. We noticed it when it had 1.5 million Youtube views.

Here's our original story, posted 12/17/13:

Possibly the cutest Christmas viral video ever features local Raleigh-based WNCN anchorman Penn Holderness, his wife Kim, six-year-old daughter Lola, and four-year-old son Penn Charles.

The song is really catchy:

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Arts & Culture
6:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

He’s Greensboro North Carolina’s Famous ‘Singing Waiter’

Bobby 'Jaybird' Williams
Credit Soul Central Band

His name is Bobby 'Jaybird' Williams. He works at a diner in Greensboro, and he sings while he works. A lot. Sometimes he dances. 

He says he's worked with the family that owns Fincastles for a long time. He worked with them as a warehouse manager and he sang then. Now he has a bigger stage at the restaurant. 

And his band, Soul Central is also performing regularly.

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4:42 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Listeners Comment: NC Ranks #7 On List Of Nation’s Worst Drivers

Louisiana (in red) has the nation's worst drivers.

Apparently we've hit a nerve. We posted the news that North Carolina was tied for 7th for the dubious honor of nation's worst drivers. It was our most viewed story through Twitter yesterday. (See the original story below.)

The original story, posted Monday 12/16/13:

Texting and driving, drinking and driving, distracted driving, careless driving. Crashes, fatalities. Every year, horrific things happen out there on the roads. And more and more of us are getting on the roads to drive during the holiday season.

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Arts & Culture
4:31 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

6 Ways To Give Great Presents For Little Or Nothing

This bookshelf gave me $74 in Christmas money.
Credit Carol Jackson

We've seen Black Friday turn into the Black Friday Weekend. That has led into Cyber Monday, and then a series of mad dashes for the perfect holiday gift. But, what if there was a better way? Do we really need to spend money to procure a great gift? Here are six ideas for creative holiday gifts without opening your wallet.

1. Resell the books on your bookshelf.

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Politics & Government
10:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Duke Prof: Nelson Mandela Asked Me To Take a Picture With Him

Nelson Mandela (left) with Mary and James Joseph
Credit Joseph family archives

Nelson Mandela was a global icon who had an incredible humility. And one of the interesting things I remember about my experience is that when I presented my credentials to Mandela, as the U.S. Ambassador, he invited my wife and I to have tea with him afterwards. And we were sitting there, both of us thinking, ‘How do we approach asking Mr. Mandela to take a picture with us?’

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sun December 15, 2013

What Made The Wright Brothers' Plane Innovative?

A detail from The Smithsonian animated tour of the Wright's plane. Here is a cross-section of the controls.
Credit Smoithsonian National Air and Space Museum

It's been 110 years this week since the Wright Brothers successfully got their heavier-than-air flying machine off the ground. The "aero-plane" had a number of really cool inventions.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum has built a 3D model where you can explore the plane from every angle. Writer Peter Jakab details what made the plane take off. Here's some highlights:

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