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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Education
4:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Promise, Scandal, And Resolution: The Thorp Era At UNC

Holden Thorp's last day as Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill is June 30th.
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

The Holden Thorp Era At UNC-Chapel Hill.

It’s commencement weekend across North Carolina. Thousands of college students will get their degrees and begin their professional lives. This year, they’re not the only ones who will get a fresh start. After five years as the chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Holden Thorp is leaving to become the provost at Washington University in Saint Louis.

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Education
4:19 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Tens Of Thousands Descend On Area For Graduations

Duke University is one of the many schools holding commencement ceremonies this weekend.
Credit Duke University

If you live anywhere near a college campus and don’t have a compelling reason to attend the half-dozen or so graduations going on in the Triangle and Triad, this might be a good weekend to get out of town. Tens of thousands of family and friends are set to descend on Durham, Raleigh, and Greensboro for commencement events throughout the weekend.

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Education
4:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Legislators Take Aim At Local School Boards

The General Assembly has targeted Wake and Guilford school boards for electoral changes.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Being on a school board is a little like being the head chef at the local Applebee’s. You don’t get to choose the ingredients and it’s not your recipe, but if someone doesn’t like the Bourbon Street Steak, you’re going to hear about it.

In other words, school boards in North Carolina have relatively little power but plenty of responsibility. And it’s been that way for a long time.

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Education
4:15 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Charter Board Debate Intensifies

The State Senate will debate the Charter Board bill on Tuesday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The State Senate is scheduled to debate a bill tomorrow that creates a separate board to oversee the growing number of charter schools in North Carolina.

Senate Bill 337 has gone through several revisions since it was introduced by Republican lawmakers two months ago. One of the provisions in an earlier bill, for example, removed the requirement that charter school teachers be college graduates. That requirement has since been re-instated.

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Education
12:04 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Duke Puts Brakes On Online Courses

Duke is ending its contract with Semester Online.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Duke University has dropped out of a consortium of schools that will offer for-credit online courses. Duke faculty made the decision last week in a close vote.

In ending Duke’s participation in the Semester Online program, faculty on the Arts and Sciences Council said the decision to offer for-credit online courses had not been fully vetted by them. Some faculty members also expressed concern over the partner universities not being as highly-ranked as Duke.

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Education
4:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Bill Would Limit School Board Options

Credit Dave DeWitt

A change may be coming to how local school boards and boards of county commissioners negotiate over school funding. 

Local county commissioners control the purse strings in all 115 of the state’s school districts. Often, the school boards and county commissioners disagree over the amount of money allocated to schools.

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Sports
2:59 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Thorp: Presidents Should Not Supervise Athletics

Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

Full audio of Holden Thorp's address to the panel on athletics and academics at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Leaders in higher education and athletics gathered today on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. They were there for a panel discussion on the role athletics should play on a college campus.

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp was one of several people who addressed the panel. He offered the controversial idea that presidents and chancellors are ill-prepared to oversee athletics and should not have direct supervision.

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Education
4:33 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Winning Ethics: National Competition Comes To Chapel Hill

Kate Vancil, Joyce Wang, Sandhya Mahadevan, Salman Iftikhar, and Nathan Cho make up the East Chapel Hill High School Ethics Bowl team.
Credit Parr Center for Ethics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dave DeWitt profiles North Carolina’s entry in the first-ever National High School Ethics Bowl.

Sandhya Mahadevan doesn’t come off as someone who is likely to back down from anyone. She’s whip-smart, looks you dead in the eye when she’s talking to you, and can’t wait to engage on the events of the day.

But after a few years on her high school debate team, even she was looking for something a little less combative. That’s when she heard about the Ethics Bowl. 

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Politics & Government
4:53 am
Thu April 18, 2013

911 Misdials Not Slowing Down

Raleigh/Wake Emergency Communications Center
Credit Dave DeWitt

It’s been one year since the ten digit dialing requirement was put into place in the 919 area code. It immediately caused an increase in the number of misdials coming into the 911 call centers in the Triangle. Twelve months later, the problem hasn't gone away. 

The calls come in waves, at all times of the day, to the Raleigh/Wake County Emergency Communications Center in the basement of the City Hall building. If the caller who misdials stays on the line and admits their error, it's an easy situation for the dispatcher to handle.

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Politics & Government
12:52 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Allen Out As Raleigh City Manager

Russell Allen
Credit City of Raleigh

The Raleigh City Council has voted not to renew the contract of city manager Russell Allen. 

Allen has led Raleigh city government for twelve years, through explosive growth and budgetary cutbacks.

In a statement after his firing, the City Council said Allen has been a “great service to the city”. The Council also said that as the city has grown and changed, “so have the skills needed to manage” it. The City Council did not give any further reasons for letting Allen go.

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