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
Sat March 1, 2014

NC Coal Ash Disaster Discussed On Diane Rehm Show

Diane Rehm
Credit Glogau Photography

Did you miss it? The Diane Rehm Show devoted an episode earlier this week to the coal ash spill in Eden, NC.

(The spill was caused by a pipe failure at a Duke Energy location. Coal ash is leftover from the process of burning coal. The ash is considered toxic, and is held in ponds. This spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.)

This was an interesting part of the show, between Frank Holleman of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Diane Rehm:

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

The Masks, The Beads, The Horns: It's Mardi Gras in Durham

The band Boneslinger will play at the Mardis Gras event.
Credit Boneslinger

Mardi Gras kicks off this weekend in both New Orleans .. and Durham, NC. Durham's celebration has been growing over the last couple of years. There will be a big parade on Fat Tuesday (March 4) starting at the bronze bull on CCB Plaza at 6 p.m., followed by eight bands performing on five stages.

The weekend begins though, with a celebration called "Hey Pocky Way- A Mardis Gras Primer."

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Arts & Culture
2:27 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Priceless Treasures Hidden At Biltmore Estate; Homegrown Monuments Men?

Images like this one, Titian's 'Venus with a Mirror' were hidden away at the Biltmore Estate during World War II
National Gallery of Art

The new movie The Monuments Men depicts the true story of a group of army officers skirting around Europe during WWII trying to save historic works of art.  But not many know that there was a similar effort to save works of art in the U.S. And many of the nation's priceless treasures were shipped here to North Carolina.

Here's the improbable story:

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Bomb-Sniffing African Rats? - SOT Is Live At Museum

This rat trainee swaps a tea egg containing a sample of TNT he has just found for a banana treat.
Credit / APOPO

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11:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Leaving Teaching: Two NC Educators, Married, Talk About Why They Quit

Deana and Mark Kahlenberg
Credit Still shot from video / Emerging Issues Forum

Deana and Mark Kahlenberg teach at the same school: Alderman Road Elementary in Cumberland County. They met there. They both enjoyed teaching for many years - Deana for seven and Mark for eight. And now they are both leaving the school, and leaving the profession. They are in grad school to become speech and language pathologists.

Why did they choose to leave?

Mark: Mostly pay reasons

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3:57 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

NC's Coal Ash Disaster, By The Numbers

Sample screen of the Dan River coal ash spill timeline
Credit NC Health News

Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal for energy. The ash, which is filled with toxins, is collected in ponds around the state. A pipe running under one of a ponds run by Duke Energy in Eden NC ruptured in February of 2014. The coal ash spilled, affecting the Dan River. The spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.

How much coal ash was disbursed into the Dan River?

Between 30,0000 tons and 39,000 tons

How much will it cost to clean up the ash per river mile?

1 million dollars per mile

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Ari Picker, Lost in the Trees: The Eric Hodge Interview

Lost in the Trees
Credit the artist

The folk/pop group Lost in the Trees has a new album out this month. The group has been praised for its instrumental mastery, ethereal sound  and passionate performances. This album is a new direction for them. Front man Ari Picker says that new direction was carefully planned: "Well, I didn't want to do the same thing that I had been doing. I needed to switch it up or not make another record, so I decided to switch it up."

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Arts & Culture
1:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Raleigh's Kat Robichaud: The Voice Finalist Winds Down Kickstarter, Ramps Up Plans

Kat Robichaud crowd surfed while singing during one of her standout 'The Voice' performances
Credit NBC

Raleigh glam rocker Kat Robichaud finished in the top ten of NBC's program The Voice last season. Robichaud says that she never could have imagined the kind of success she found on television: "I was an awkward little girl, I just didn't fit in anywhere. High school sucked. College, honestly wasn't too much better. And it wasn't until I joined my band that I started finding my voice. When my band broke up I was devastated. I didn't know what to do.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Jade City Pharaoh - Sanctuary (Season 2, Ep. 4)

Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Luis Franco /

As a crime fighter, Herald Jones knows not every moment of a heroes life is filled with adventure. Sometimes he has to run errands just like the rest of us -- except he can fly and we can't. But even a simple trip to the bank can turn to danger for the Jade City Pharaoh.

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11:31 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Ashley Christensen Of Poole's Downtown Diner Is James Beard Award Finalist

Chef Ashley Christensen

Chef Ashley Christensen is a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast. The news was announced Tuesday March 18, 2014.

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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