Dave DeWitt

Reporter @DaveDeWitt

Dave DeWitt is currently working on the year-long North Carolina Teacher Project. He came to WUNC in 2003 and spent four years on the staff of The State of Things.

He regularly files for NPR’s news magazines as well as Marketplace and Only A Game. He is a graduate of Denison University and formerly worked in college athletics, college admissions, and with the Tar Heel Sports Network. In 2001, he wrote the non-fiction book "True Blue".

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Science & Technology
4:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Nature Research Center Opening Draws 70,000

The Nature Research Center is now officially open. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences held a grand opening for the new wing over the weekend.

Dave DeWitt: About 70,000 people attended the 24-hour grand opening of the Nature Research Center. Those who made it inside the 80,000 square foot facility touched animal skeletons, conducted robotic surgeries, and interacted with scientists.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Coble, Holding Offer Different Experiences

North Carolina’s 13th congressional district is shaping up as one of the most contentious races on the May 8 primary ballot. Two of the candidates, Paul Coble and George Holding, are fighting over who is more conservative.

Dave DeWitt: Paul Coble is no stranger to running for elected office. The one-term mayor of Raleigh and current chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners has run nine times. He says his experience should count.

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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Nature Research Center Grand Opening Today

Nature Research Center
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Today is a long-awaited day in Raleigh, the Nature Research Center will open its doors to the public for the first time. It’s a $56 million wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The 24-hour opening will feature demonstrations, bands, and live walk-throughs of the facility. The Nature Research Center is a dazzling array of technology, built to engage young minds.

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Sports
1:10 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Olympic Hopefuls Come To Cary

The North American Olympic Qualifying Tournament in table tennis is being held in Cary this weekend. The event features world-class athletes trying to make their Olympic dreams come true.

Dave DeWitt: Table tennis is a wildly popular sport in Asia and eastern Europe. In the United States, the sport is growing, but with little to no chance of winning Olympic medals this year in London, just making the North American team is the goal.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Much In Common In GOP Race For 13th

Paul Coble and George Holding are waging a fierce battle for the Republican nod in the 13th Congressional District. The District extends from North Raleigh through the rural counties north of the Triangle. It was re-drawn by the State Legislature and went from a safe Democratic seat to one that is likely to become Republican. The two men leading the race for the seat are very similar.

Dave DeWitt: Coble and Holding are so alike, in fact, they even share the exact same three political heroes.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Hope And Normalcy At The Hospital School

UNC Hospital School
UNC Hospital School

Among the vast, winding hallways inside the UNC Hospital complex, there’s a school. It's small, by public school standards, but it serves a vital purpose.

As Dave DeWitt reports, it offers young patients the chance to remain students, and retain a sense of normalcy during a difficult time in their lives.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

GOP Race For NC-13 Heated

North Carolina’s 13th congressional district is up for grabs this election season. Incumbent democrat Brad Miller was re-districted out of the 13th by Republicans in the State Legislature. The district now leans Republican and that has created a contentious battle in advance of the primary.

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Education
4:35 am
Wed April 11, 2012

UNC Employees May See Change

A possible change to how university employees are classified has the UNC system and employee rights groups bickering.

Dave DeWitt: About 22,000 employees who work on the UNC system’s 17 campuses are classified in one of two categories. EPA employees are exempt from the state personnel act, SPA employees are not.

The UNC Board of Governors wants to streamline, and create one category. They say it will allow more local control and create a system that rewards the best employees and allows universities more flexibility in recruitment.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Earning A Degree, And A New Life

Roy Dawson
UNC-Chapel Hill

Dropping out of high school is usually a lifelong ticket to a low-paying job, or worse. As more and more businesses require employees to have at least a high-school degree, those who do not are getting left behind. In response, public schools, community colleges, and universities are creating new ways for drop-outs to re-enter the education system. As part of our American Graduate series, Dave DeWitt tells the story of a student who found one of these new roads to success.

Dave DeWitt: School always came easy to Roy Dawson.

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Education
4:20 am
Mon April 9, 2012

CMS Schools Searching For New Leader

The second-largest school district in North Carolina is close to choosing a new leader. The search for a new superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools enters a public phase this week.

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