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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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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Education
1:56 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

UNC BOG Supports Thorp

UNC system leaders today expressed public support for UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp. Thorp has been under fire from some alumni for firing football coach Butch Davis last month.

UNC system president Tom Ross and Board of Governors chair Hannah Gage released a statement this morning, reiterating their support for Thorp and his leadership of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Earlier this week, an alumni group threatened a lawsuit. They said they were misled into helping pay for a stadium expansion and were led to believe Davis would continue as coach.

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Sports
4:10 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Eagles Soar Into D1

The five-year wait is now over, and North Carolina Central is officially a member of the NCAA’s Division I.
 

The NC Central Board of Trustees voted back in 2005 to move from division 2 to division one. The move was somewhat controversial, as it meant the Eagles would no longer play in the popular CIAA basketball tournament.

The Eagles then played as an independent with no conference affiliation. Last year, NC Central was a provisional member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Education
5:15 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Perdue Pushes Pre-K

The state legislature may be out of session until September, but that hasn’t stopped Governor Bev Perdue from firing the latest shot in the fight over pre-k programs.

On Wednesday, Perdue issued an executive order that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to offer pre-K education to all eligible 4-year olds in the state.

She says that will put North Carolina in compliance with a ruling last month by superior court judge Howard Manning. Last year, about 32,000 4-year olds were enrolled in More At Four. About double that many qualified.

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Education
1:37 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Student Information Posted Online

Personal information on 1,800 school children was accidentally posted online by NC State researchers.

The security failure affected elementary students who attended Wilson and Richmond County schools from 2003 to 2006. The personal information posted online included names, dates of birth, and social security numbers.

A parent was the first to notice the error. NC State removed the data when it became aware of the situation late last month and has begun the process of trying to contact affected families.

Education
5:05 am
Tue August 9, 2011

DPI To Seek Waiver From Feds

North Carolina will be one of the states seeking a waiver from the Department of Education, exempting it from parts of No Child Left Behind. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced this week that he will allow some states to opt out of the controversial education law.

State Superintendent June Atkinson says educators have become increasingly unhappy with No Child Left Behind's all-or-nothing system of judging schools.

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Education
5:30 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Test Results Mixed

Another round of statewide test results came out on Thursday. More high school students are graduating, but more schools across North Carolina are falling further behind more challenging goals.

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Sports
3:13 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Withers Makes History

Everett Withers
Credit TarHeelBlue.com

Everett Withers is the new interim head football coach at North Carolina. Withers, Chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour addressed the media earlier today.

Withers replaces Butch Davis, who was fired on Wednesday. Withers is the first African-American head football coach in school history - and just the second black head coach in any sport.

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Sports
10:04 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Changes in UNC Football Prgoram

UNC-Chapel Hill has named Everett Withers as its new interim head football coach. Withers is a long-serving assistant and takes over for Butch Davis, who was fired by the university late Wednesday. Also this week, UNC's athletic director Dick Baddour announced he will be stepping down early.  education reporter Dave DeWitt sits down with David Brower to talk about the changes at Carolina.

Sports
9:30 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Davis Out, Withers In At Carolina

Dick Baddour
Credit TarHeelBlue.com

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour addressed the media on Thursday – less than 24 hours after firing football coach Butch Davis.

At the press conference, Baddour also announced that he would be stepping down in the coming months.
Baddour and Davis are the latest casualties in a year-long scandal that has moved beyond athletics and caused serious harm to the University’s reputation.

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