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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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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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Why Will Bells In Hillsborough Ring For 222 Seconds On Sunday?

One of 5 historic churches in Hillsborough
Credit Scott Washington/Orange County Historical Museum

On Sunday at 2 p.m., bells across Hillsborough will ring in honor of the 222 years of the the Bill of Rights. All five historic churches will ring their bells, and citizens are expected to ring in as well.

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Education
10:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

What's On The State Of Things Today? (Friday)

Ethan Tillman is a first-year teacher in Kinston, NC. Here, he helps a student put on his own college graduation robe as part of a “vision statement” class assignment.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Why do teachers stay and why do they go? Dave DeWitt has been reporting on this subject around the state in recent weeks. He's been meeting teachers and students and today he'll preview his series with Frank.

Plus the latest in the court battle over the state’s controversial new voting laws.

And, "rockin' country" with Raleigh's Erin Nenni Band.

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Politics & Government
5:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Raleigh Wants You To Fund New Cool Bike Racks

Bright colors and shapes from cyclehoop, designers in the UK
Credit cyclehoop

Bike racks have come a long way, baby. If you're thinking about those old metal U shaped ones, well, where have you been?

There are some amazing racks out there. One design blog documents some of the coolest.

Will Raleigh be able to get "cool" racks? Well, it's up to you. The city is kicking off a pilot project, trying to "crowdfund" some new ones.

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The State of Things
5:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Walltown Children’s Theatre Paints Pied Piper Indigo Blue

Artist rendering of the Pied Piper

The Pied Piper is a tale as old as the Brothers Grimm, but the Walltown Children’s Theatre is re-imagining it for their latest production. It’s called “Indigo Blue,” and it’s the brainchild of local playwright Howard Craft. Frank talks with Craft, along with the theater's director Cynthia Penn, and actors Max Rose and Eileena Boyce.

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Business & Economy
12:24 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Angel Trees Go High Tech

Drawing from the CommuniGift site
Credit www.CommuniGift.com

Angel trees are in many places in our communities: churches, malls. Each ornament on the tree has a child's name on it, and a list of gifts the child would like for the holidays. Human "angels" take the tag, go shopping, and return some of those gifts wrapped and ready in time for the holidays.

A new start-up company is trying to update the model.

"CommuniGift" is an online platform, designed to make finding and shopping for needy children and families easier.

It works a couple of different ways.

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Politics & Government
11:35 am
Mon December 9, 2013

BBC Reporter Recalls Connection To Nelson Mandela

Audrey Brown at work
Credit BBC

"This is amazing," Audrey Brown thought. She was on a boat, speeding to Robben Island, the prison that had held South Africa's most famous political prisoner for more than twenty-five years. And the man himself, Nelson Mandela, was sitting a few feet away. Though he was South Africa's President at the time, his thoughts were personal. He talked about the first time he arrived by boat to the prison. The water that day was choppy he said. He knew that day that he would not be released for years, if ever.

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Bonner Bridge Closure
4:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Citizen Hub For Bonner Bridge Info

A Prius gets stuck in sand on Outer Banks
Credit Oregon Inlet Idiots

When the Bonner Bridge was closed unexpectedly earlier this week, it shocked many Outer Banks residents and tourists. The bridge links the Outer Banks with the mainland. Suddenly it seemed everyone was wondering... How will I do my shopping and my banking? When will the bridge re-open? What will happen next?

Many locals are going to a rather unlikely place to get their news: a Facebook page called Oregon Inlet Idiots. The page was started in 2011 as a place to poke fun at the tourists.

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