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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Science & Technology
9:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Reach Elite 8, National Academic Competition

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics team participates in the academic competition of the 2014 National Science Bowl, Sunday, April, 27, 2014, in Washington, DC.
Credit Dennis Brack / U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

A team from Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics joined 23 other schools over the weekend to compete in the 2014 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.  During the competition, students compete in a fast-paced Jeopardy-like forum. They must quickly solve technical problems and answer questions related to science and mathematics.

Team members include Michael An, Anne Feng, Kavi Jain, Sammy Luo, and Daniel Ren.  Their coach is Leslie Brinson.

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Business & Economy
11:07 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Solar Suitcase: Sharing Big Ideas At SwitchPoint

SwitchPoint 2013
Credit SwitchPoint

There's a fascinating conference happening Thursday and Friday at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. It's called SwitchPoint. This is the conference for you if you're interested in things like using technology for good, social entrepreneurship and creativity/design.

The attendees are the kind of people who are doing the most interesting things in our society: printing 3-D organs, crowdsourcing crisis response via text, building medical devices out of broken toys.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

This Is Radio: Behind-The-Scenes With The Kitchen Sisters

The Kitchen Sisters. Nikki Silva (left) and Davia Nelson
Credit Andrew Norton / Transom

"It's like prospectors that are mining for gold. Having something that is just shimmering and so hot and dynamic and compelling, you have to just follow it." - Davia Nelson

There's a new installment of the web-only series This is Radio. This time, producer Andrew Norton goes behind-the-scenes with the public radio producing duo The Kitchen Sisters.

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Education
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

#TeachingIs: What's Your 6 Word Memoir?

What is teaching to you? Can you say it in 6 words?

We breathe each day to grow.
by Ms Moffett in Room1 at Benchmark school

I’m an educator, not content deliverer.
by Sarah Cacicio

Standardized tests do not define us
by 4th Grade Writing at Little Cypress Intermediate

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Best Radio This Year: WUNC Wins Awards For Investigation, Writing, Sound

A story about students at the Durham School of the Arts singing with the Fisk Jubilee Singers wins an award.
Credit Leoneda Inge

WUNC has won four 2014 Edward R. Murrow awards, including the coveted "Overall Excellence" award for large market radio stations in our region (which includes KY, NC, SC, TN, & WV).  It's the fourth year in  a row that the station has taken home top honors. The prizes are awarded by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Three individual stories received recognition, two reported by Dave DeWitt and one by Leoneda Inge.

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Education
10:31 am
Tue April 22, 2014

UNC 'Whistleblower' Resigns, What She's Saying Now

Mary Willingham
Credit Chris Griffin / Daily Tar Heel

The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says she's resigning at the end of the semester. 

Mary Willingham confirmed her decision to WUNC after a closed-door meeting with UNC Chancellor Carol Folt.

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Arts & Culture
7:55 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Undefeated: Bobby Bare, Jr. Takes On Love, Breakups And Babies

Bobby Bare, Jr.
Credit the artst

There's an honesty in Bobby Bare Jr.'s songwriting. A familiarity. He's a famous son, his dad is country music legend Bobby Bare. Bobby Bare Jr. was nominated for a Grammy award at age 6 for this song, Daddy, What If.

Bobby Bare Jr.'s latest album is Undefeated.

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Arts & Culture
5:02 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Young NC Poet: 'I Will Fight For My Rights To Be Black In This Crazy World'

Credit Brent Danley / Flickr/Creative Commons

There is some intense poetry writing happening this month in Eastern North Carolina.  Select groups of students are participating in the Teach for America Poet Warriors project.

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Arts & Culture
2:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Mad Men Mondays: 'What The Government Is Doing About Our Drinking Problem'

'The highway safety bureau has established a standard to help determine which drivers are legally drunk.'
Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/hartman

All this spring,  during AMC’s final Mad Men season, we're working with the Hartman Center at Duke University to bring you some real archival advertisements based on the content of each Mad Men episode. (The center specializes in advertising and marketing history.) Our collaboration is based on their blog called “Mad Men Mondays.” 

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Sports
1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

How A Triangle Statistician Devised Times For Runners Unable To Finish 2013 Boston Marathon

Runners left shoes to memorialize the dead and injured in Boston. (May, 2013)
Credit Mark Wood, TTNHD Productions / Flickr/Creative Commons

Today marks the running of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Last year an explosion took the lives of three people. Hundreds were injured, many losing limbs. 6,000 runners were unable to complete the marathon due to the death and destruction.

Richard Smith is Triangle based marathon runner, and a statistician. He was approached with an unusual request from race organizers.  Could he, somehow, figure out official finish times for the runners who could not complete the race?

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