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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Politics & Government
9:58 am
Tue May 6, 2014

It's Primary Day, Who Will You Choose?

Credit Keith Ivey / Flickr/Creative Commons

North Carolina voters are choosing their candidates for a competitive U.S. Senate seat, the state Supreme Court and dozens of other state and federal offices.  Local election workers planned to open more than 2,700 precinct locations today.

Eight Republicans are seeking their party's nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. She has her own primary against two lesser-known opponents.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Hudson has two challengers for her seat. The top two vote-getters advance to the November election. 

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Food
12:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ashley Christensen Of Poole's Downtown Diner Wins James Beard Award

Chef Ashley Christensen

Chef Ashley Christensen won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast. The news was announced Monday.

To Christensen, a restaurant is not just a place where you sit down to eat.  It’s an entire concept.  She carefully plots an immersive experience for her diners.

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Environment
12:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Hurricane Hazel: Do You Have Stories? Images?

Hurricane Hazel uprooted over 100 trees at Duke University, tore the roof off the press box at the stadium, and damaged stone work on the Chapel.
Credit Duke University Archives / Flickr/Creative Commons

Sixty years ago, Connie Ledgett and her first husband, Jerry Helms, were honeymooning on Oak Island near Wilmington. They had no idea that 140 mile-per-hour winds and an 18-foot storm surge were headed in their direction. That storm was Hurricane Hazel and it would be the strongest category 4 hurricane ever seen in the state. It devastated a 35-mile stretch of the coast.

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Politics & Government
10:06 am
Mon May 5, 2014

For Sale: NC Governor's Helicopter, Slightly Used

The helicopter is a 12-passenger, 1998 Sikorsky S-76
Credit Office of Governor McCrory

It seats 12. It costs $5200 an hour to operate. It can be yours if the price is right.

Governor Pat McCrory tweeted Friday that he plans to sell the state's helicopter.

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Education
1:41 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

2014 Commencement: Two Speakers, And Three Ideas

Credit Erin/Interrobang / Flickr/Creative Commons

There are a lot of interesting people coming to the Triangle this weekend and in the coming weeks to wish our graduates well.

Giving a graduation speech is an art. Will any of the speakers match the power of Steve Jobs' 2005 address to the Stanford graduates?

"Your time is limited," he told them. "So don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."

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Arts & Culture
4:53 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

My Accidental Jihad, A Love Story

Credit the author

My Accidental Jihad is a book Krista Bremer never imagined that she'd write. Krista is a surfer, she'd  grown up in a secular middle-class California family, dreaming of "a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity."

Then she met Ismail. When Krista discovered she was pregnant, the two joined their lives. Ismail seemed to come from another world. He'd been raised in a fishing village in Libya, one of eight children. His parents are illiterate. His family was raised Muslim.

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Environment
12:43 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

This Durham Mechanic Bought A Million Acres Of Rainforest To Save His Home Village

Godi Godar (right) with a man from the Lac Tumba region, DRC
Credit Godi Godar

Godi Godar lives and works in Durham, NC. He's a mechanic there. That's kind of amazing since Godar had never seen a car until he was in his 20s.

Godi grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There was no running water or electricity in his town, Ikoko Bonginda. (Ikoko is in the Congolese rainforest, several hundred miles upriver from the DRC's capital, Kinshasa.)

Godi recalls seeing electricity across the lake, where the missionaries were.

"I remember saying, 'Wow, look at the lights there!' It was a trip."

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Arts & Culture
3:40 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Duke Chapel Closing For Restoration; Two Stunning Photos

Duke Chapel
Credit Skip Bradley / Flickr/Creative Commons

Duke Chapel is closing to the public May 11, 2015 for a year-long restoration project. The ceiling will be worked on and the original chapel roof will be replaced. Crews will also work to restore the stained-glass windows and woodwork.

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Education
1:34 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Sweating Over Bubbles With A No. 2 Pencil: Three Families Tell Their Stories

Seamus
Credit mom Billie Lanigan

There's an 8-year-old boy in Fayetteville who gets worried, anxious and even angry when it comes time for testing. A middle schooler in Vass combats headaches and sleeplessness the night before a test. A 10-year-old boy in Mebane worries that he won't move on to the next grade. These are some of the stories that we heard from WUNC listeners when we posed a simple challenge online: "Kids and Testing: Tell us Your Story."

Seamus' Story

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The State Of Things
11:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bull City Sculpture Show: 'Twist Of Fate'

Mike Roig preps his piece, Twist of Fate for the Bull City Sculpture Show
Credit Bull City Sculpture Show

    

Sculptures are often the trademark of a place:  Chicago has Cloud Gate, Indianapolis has LOVE and Durham has the Bronze Bull. Sculpture can truly embody a city.

This week the Bull City Sculpture Show comes to Durham, displaying 12 national works across the city.

The show is presented by Liberty Arts, a non-profit foundry and 3-D sculpture studio in Durham.

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