Dick Gordon

Host, "The Story"

Before coming to North Carolina Public Radio to host The Story, Dick Gordon was host of The Connection, a daily national call-in talk show produced in Boston, from 2001 to 2005.  Gordon is well-known in the profession as an experienced, seasoned journalist with an extensive background in both international and domestic reporting. He was a war correspondent and back-up host for the CBC's This Morning, a national current affairs radio program.  An award winning journalist, he has also served as a Parliamentary reporter, Moscow correspondent and South Asia correspondent for both radio and television. 

In his career Gordon has covered the conflicts in Bosnia, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka as well as the unrest in South Africa, Mozambique, Pakistan, India and the Middle East.  He has received two Gabriel Awards, two National Journalism Awards and has been nominated twice for the ACTRA Award for excellence in reporting. He is a graduate of Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and the Kent School, Kent, Connecticut.

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The Story
2:45 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

As Costa Concordia Sank, Newlyweds Allowed Others To Take Life Boats First

Benji Smith and Emily Lau were honeymooning aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship before it hit a rock and sank.
Credit Benji Smith

It was a Sunday night early last January, and Benji Smith and Emily Lau were celebrating their honeymoon aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

They were traveling near Tuscany when it happened: The ship scraped a rock that tore through its hull, flooding its engine room, and sending the ship tilting onto its side. More than 4,000 people were on board.

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The Story
12:33 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

As Politicians Talk Tightening Gun Laws, Charlotte Gun Store Sells Like It's The Holidays

Larry Hyatt
Credit Briana Duggan

In the weeks after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past December, President Obama began talking about tightening gun control – and firearm sales boomed. Larry Hyatt runs Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C., and he says that he’s seeing a growing demand for "high capacity" guns and that he’s selling as much as he would over Christmas. He stocks 7,000 guns in his store, making it one of the biggest in the country. He tells host Dick Gordon about the one thing he’d like to see changed in Washington.

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The Story
5:46 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

One String Is All You Need

Brushy One-String has played a one string guitar since he saw it in a vision as a child.
Credit Luciano Blotta

Andrew Chin, a.k.a. Brushy One-String, had a vision as a child where he was playing a guitar with just one string. Since then, he’s crafted a unique style playing on one string, blending in his percussive style and utterly original voice.

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The Story
12:34 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Neighborhood Where Elizabeth Smart Was Held, And How No One Noticed She Was There

Le Visage (Visage et mains) by Fernand Leger
Credit Musee National Fernand Leger

As the details about three rescued women in Cleveland, Ohio unfolds, we offer a story from contributor Scott Carrier. He lived in Salt Lake City when 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted and then lived basically in plain sight for months. He says that we can be blind to what is right in front of us.

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The Story
12:12 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Her Majesty's Philosophers

Credit Impact Sports Prison Ministry

Alan Smith spent 14 years teaching philosophy and literature to violent criminals in a prison in England until he realized he was changing, slowly "becoming more of the prison than I wanted to be," and had to walk away.

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The Story
11:59 am
Mon May 6, 2013

High School Valedictorian Gets Reprieve From Deportation, Lobbies ‘Gang of 8’ For Reform

Daniela Pelaez met with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson
Credit State Impact Florida

Late this March, Daniela Pelaez, 19, traveled from her college in New Hampshire to Washington D.C. to sit down with senators and representatives and remind them of something she’s become known for: she’s in the country illegally, there are millions like her, and they want to ask for help.

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The Story
2:10 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

The Only Cultural Org. Still Operating In A War Zone

Host Dick Gordon calls Issa Touma in the city of Aleppo, where he has reached him several times over the past year. He says sometimes the electricity is cut for days and there are bombings and firefights. In these times, the sounds of Aleppo intensify and he is hearing families fight and begin to fray.

This is a video from a workshop organized by Le Pont, the only cultural organization still operating in Aleppo:
 

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The Story
11:52 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Driven By Despair, More Guantánamo Detainees Join Hunger Strike

Camp X-Ray in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Credit Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy

Last Friday, Carlos Warner called one of his 11 clients in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and offered to help negotiate the end of a hunger strike that detainees are holding. But the client, Fayiz al Kandari, declined his offer, and asked why the U.S. Army will not talk directly to them.

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The Story
6:41 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

How To Catch A Killer (Using The Crowds)

Credit Flickr user Vince Alongi

From 1976 to 1986, a violent criminal terrorized communities across California. He became known as the Golden State Killer, and was linked to at least 50 rapes and 10 murders. For years, his whereabouts were hazy.

Then, the writer Michelle McNamara started the blog True Crime Diary, where she and a community of fellow obsessives started piecing together clues that had long been passed over by authorities.

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The Story
10:16 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Locked Up In A Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison

Prisoners Exercising by Vincent van Gogh
Credit Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia

Most of us don’t expect to be sent to jail for failure to pay our parking tickets. But in several counties across Ohio, courts are jailing men and women who cannot afford to pay their fines.

Dick Gordon, host of The Story, speaks with Jack Dawley, who’s been to jail three times for failure to pay. He says he’s never seen a judge or been given any opportunity to explain to a judge that he simply cannot afford to pay.

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