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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Sports
5:45 am
Fri September 2, 2011

ACC Football Kicks Off

College football fans will be flocking to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh this weekend. UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and N-C State will hold their season opening games.

It’s been a tumultuous off-season for major college football programs. And no program has been under more scrutiny than Carolina, for everything from parking tickets to academic integrity issues.

Tomorrow, the team finally takes the field. Everett Withers is the interim head coach.

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Education
5:45 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Wake Plan To Be Scrutinized

The first of a series of public information sessions on the proposed Wake Schools student assignment plan will be held tonight. The sessions are designed to update people on the status of a new plan.

The presentations will be held at high schools throughout the county. Members of the student assignment task force will offer some details of the plan and discuss what it may mean for where kids will go to school next year.

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Environment
5:45 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Cleaning Up After Irene

Powerlines down in Pamlico County
Credit Dave DeWitt

People all across eastern North Carolina are cleaning up and drying out after Hurricane Irene. Damage ranged from a new inlet on Highway 12 on the Outer Banks to downed trees across the coastal plain. Among the hardest hit areas were Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico Counties, near New Bern and Morehead City. Irene made its initial landfall there as a furious category one hurricane and left a trail of destruction.

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Environment
3:10 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Evacuations Going Smoothly

Highways leading out of coastal communities are jammed with people evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irene.

From Cape Fear to Elizabeth City, two-and-four lane roads are packed with vacationers, displaced residents, and motorists trailing boats. All are headed for higher ground.

Sergeant Jeff Gordon is with the State Highway Patrol.

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Environment
7:20 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Storm Surge Poses Risk

Towns along the western edge of Pamlico Sound are preparing for storm surge when Hurricane Irene hits.

" Not surprisingly, storm surge is worst when the wind is blowing water right at you. That makes the exact track of Irene so important. If the center of the storm tracks directly over Pamlico Sound, towns like New Bern and Swansboro could be in for significant surge."

Rick Luettich is the director of the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science in Morehead City.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu August 25, 2011

All Eyes On New School In Wake

Walnut Creek Elementary School
Credit Dave DeWitt

Traditional calendar schools across North Carolina start today. It’s an especially anxious day at Walnut Creek Elementary in Wake County. That school is opening its doors for the first time – the first new elementary school to open in ten years with a large majority of students who are both high-poverty and low-achieving.

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Sports
6:00 am
Tue August 23, 2011

UNC Charlotte Is (Getting) Ready For Some Football

UNC Charlotte
Credit UNC Charlotte

This has not been a good few months for major college football. Schools like Ohio State, U-S-C, and Miami have run afoul of the NCAA. That’s also the case at UNC-Chapel Hill, where football coach Butch Davis was fired just before practice began, and school officials will face the NCAA infractions committee in October.

While this environment would seem to make college presidents run from big-time football, one UNC system school is running toward it.

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Education
4:20 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Students Arriving On Campus

Thousands of students are returning to area universities. They will be greeted by a variety of changes brought on by budget cuts.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Duke In China

Model for Duke Kunshan University
Credit Duke University

Today, the Duke men’s basketball team is in Kunshan China. They are there to kick off a global tour that will also take them to Shanghai, Beijing, and Dubai.

It’s the latest, and most public, effort by Duke to expand its global reach.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Campaigns Heating Up In Wake

It’s campaign season in cities and counties across the state. And nowhere are the races more interesting or hotly contested than in Wake County.

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