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
5:10 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Meeker's State Of The City

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker gave his annual State of the City address today. Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting, Meeker summarized some of the city’s recent successes, including hosting the NHL All-Star game. He also laid out goals to continue expanding efforts at sustainability and transportation. Meeker says with unemployment rates dropping and sales stabilizing, it’s time to look ahead.

 

Education
5:00 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Tata Easing Tensions - For Now

Tony Tata has been the Superintendent of Wake County Schools for 37 days. In that time, he has visited nearly 40 schools and met with countless groups. The past week was particularly busy for Tata. He met with some of the people who have been the most highly critical of the School Board majority that hired him - including NAACP President William Barber. Tata’s latest event took place at Martin Street Baptist Church, in front of an audience predisposed to dislike him.

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Education
2:10 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Duke Receives $80 Million Gift

Duke University announced today the largest gift in the school’s history. The Duke Endowment of Charlotte gave the University $80 million dollars.

The money will go to renovating West Union and the Page Auditorium on West Campus. West was the student union before the Bryan Center opened in 1982. The renovated building will be used for student social space and dining.

Page Auditorium will also undergo an extensive renovation as will Baldwin Auditorium on East Campus. Both spaces will be modernized and updated to hold concerts and speeches.

Education
4:00 am
Mon March 7, 2011

State Education Budget Writers Seeking Comment

The joint House-Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee is hosting a public comment session today in the State Legislature. They want to hear what people have to say on proposed budget cuts to education.

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Hagan Wants Changes To NCLB

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) is taking the lead in calling for changes to No Child Left Behind. The education legislation is due for reauthorization this year.

Hagan joined other senate democrats at a school in Washington DC in calling for reforming No Child Left Behind.

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Law
4:33 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Cook Sentenced To Maximum

Raymond Cook has been sentenced to 36 to 53 months for the death of Elena Shapiro. The former plastic surgeon was convicted today of felony death by vehicle.

The jury came back this morning with a unanimous decision on the lesser charge of felony death by vehicle. The prosecutor had been seeking a second-degree murder conviction in the 2009 accident in Raleigh. Cook was driving 75 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone and was also drunk at the time of the crash.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Wake Schools Task Force To Meet

Wake County Schools staff will get together this week to begin discussing a way forward on the controversial issue of student assignment. Superintendent Tony Tata is convening a special task force that will develop a new plan.

The members of the task force have their work cut out for them – find a plan a divided school board and community can get behind.

Much of their work will be focused on dissecting the plan offered by the Wake Education Partnership and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

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Education
4:00 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Appeals Court Hears Wake School Board Case

A North Carolina Appeals Court today heard a case against the Wake County School system. Plaintiffs say the Wake School Board broke laws regarding open public meetings.

The Wake School Board meeting on March 23rd was contentious and crowded. So crowded, in fact, that several news outlets offered to pay for the meeting to be moved to the Performing Arts Center downtown.

Education
5:00 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Luddy Leads Way In School Privatization

Thales Academy
Credit Dave Dewitt

Raleigh businessman Bob Luddy is an education entreprenuer who envisions a chain of affordable private schools. Legislation making its way through the General Assembly may make that vision easier to achieve. Dave Dewitt reports.

Two bills making their way through the State Legislature have the potential to dramatically change public education in North Carolina. The first is a public charter school bill that is likely to pass. It will raise the cap on the number of charter schools in the state and make other changes that would make it easier to open and operate a charter school.

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Sports
4:35 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Brind'Amour To Be Honored

Rod Brind'Amour
Credit CarolinaHurricanes.com

Rod Brind'Amour will be honored tonight before the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Philadelphia Flyers. He will have his jersey retired.

Rod Brind'Amour was known as one of the hardest working and toughest players in a sport that places a high value on both. He attributes his drive to his father, a pipefitter in Campbell River, Canada.

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