Elizabeth Baier

Digital News Editor

Elizabeth “Liz” Baier is WUNC’s Digital News Editor. She joined the station in May 2016 after eight year of reporting for Minnesota Public Radio News where she covered everything from demographic changes in rural America, agriculture, the environment and health care. Prior to that, Liz worked for six years as a newspaper reporter in South Florida, both at the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Born in Chicago to a Colombian mother and German father, Liz's background inspires her to find stories that introduce listeners and readers to new places and compelling characters. She studied journalism and international relations at the University of Miami and received a certificate in Contemporary Latin American Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.

In 2006, she fell in love with multimedia storytelling. That’s one of the reasons she landed in public radio. When she’s not looking for a good story, she travels, hikes, reads and attempts to cook new recipes. And she likes to walk. In 2014, she completed the 500-mile Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in northern Spain.

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North Caorlina lawmakers debate a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 on March 30, 2017.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Updated 6:48 p.m. 3/30/2017

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed a compromise measure to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial law that limits protections for LGBT people.

a bathroom sign at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham
Gerry Broome / AP

A year ago, state legislators passed House Bill 2, a controversial law that almost immediately set off a national debate about public safety, common sense, and government authority. 

In this photo taken Thursday, May 5, 2016 Payton McGarry is reflected in the entrance at his workplace, Replacements Ltd. in McLeansville, N.C.
Gerry Broome / AP

After state legislators passed House Bill 2 last year, transgender rights took center stage in North Carolina - and across the United States.


Firefighters battle the downtown Raleigh fire
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Updated 11:43 a.m., 3/17/2017

An under-construction apartment building in downtown Raleigh went up in flames Thursday night.

Image of bathroom sign
The LEAF Project / Flickr Creative Commons

State lawmakers are making another attempt to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial state law passed last year that requires people to use the public bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.

a couple kisses after being reunited after a deployment
Sharilyn Wells / www.sharilynwellsphotography.com

Sharilyn Wells knows what it's like to wait for a spouse returning from a deployment.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, left, participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Washington.
Jacquelyn Martin / AP

From parades and marches, to musical performances and religious services, there are a number of events around the Triangle and surrounding areas this weekend.

Panelists of "A Nation Engaged," a pre-inauguration town hall meeting help at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy on Jan. 11, 2017.
Joel Luther / Duke University

As Donald Trump prepares to take his oath of office, he’ll preside over a divided nation. A recent Gallup poll found three-fourths of Americans believe the country is split over the most important values – the highest percentage ever.

Updated at 10:45 p.m. Jan. 3, 2017

A Rolesville High School student on Tuesday posted a video to social media of a classmate being slammed to the ground by a police officer.

From record flooding and major sporting losses, to the state’s prolonged gubernatorial election and the immigration detention of a Durham teen, North Carolina had its share of significant news stories in 2016.

NC students Miguel Rodriguez and Hunter Schafer at the North Carolina General Assembly urging lawmakers to repeal #HB2 on December 21, 2016.
Jess Clark / WUNC

A day after state officials failed to repeal North Carolina's House Bill 2, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts tells WUNC city officials do not have immediate plans to reinstate the city ordinance that led the General Assembly to pass the law in the first place.

HB2 opponents
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday failed to repeal the so-called “bathroom bill” after hours of bitter political debate at the General Assembly in Raleigh.

The Milky Way spirals over the coquina outcrop in Kure Beach, NC. This image is made up of two rows, 16 photos stitched together in Photoshop to capture the massive scene on 7/26/2016.
Hunter Anderson / @huntb3000

It all started with an iPhone.

About a year ago, Hunter Anderson started to take photos with his phone and gradually wanted to learn more about photography.

Photo: Hundreds of supporters of the controversial House Bill 2 gathered outside the state capitol building on Monday.
Jorge Valencia / WUNC

State lawmakers will meet today for a special legislative session to consider repealing House Bill 2, the controversial state law that requires people to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificate.

Pat McCrory
Catie Ball / WUNC

It took 28 days.

Following weeks of unfounded voter fraud allegations, conspiracy theories that the legislature could intervene in the outcome, and expectations that this race would end up in the courts, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory stood down.

surfer at sunrise
Jenni Koontz / https://epicshutter.com

Since she was a child, Jenni Koontz has taken an interest in photography.

“I always used film cameras until my freshman year of college,” said Koontz, 32, who lives on Hatteras Island in Avon, North Carolina with her daughter Emma Sage.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Republican incumbent Pat McCrory trails Democrat Roy Cooper by more than 6,100 votes in the ongoing race for North Carolina's governor.

In the two weeks since Election Day, McCrory’s campaign has called for all provisional and absentee ballots to be counted, while raising dozens of claims of voter fraud. As more votes have been tabulated, Cooper’s lead has increased.

a woman walks past a "vote here" sign
Jim Mone / AP

Updated 12:20 a.m.

Republican Richard Burr has defeated Democrat challenger Deborah Ross in the race for U.S. Senate.

“I pledge to you to finish my public service doing all I can to make sure that the next generation feels the full effects of what we can accomplish,” Burr said in his acceptance speech.

A view of the Blue Ridge Parkway on October 11, 2016 north of Devil's Couthouse in western North Carolina.
Jennifer Mesk / http://humansofasheville.net

Jennifer Mesk’s love for photography started out of as frustration.

"I always loved taking pictures but grew frustrated not being able to capture the images I wanted to," said Mesk, an Asheville resident. "I'd see photos and think, 'I'm sure I could do that. I'm going to teach myself'."

Instagram: @JenniferMeskPhotography

A composite photo of Deborah Ross and Richard Burr
Courtesy of Deborah Ross and Richard Burr campaigns

Incumbent U.S. Senator Richard Burr and challenger Deborah Ross will face off tonight for their only televised debate.

a flooded road after Hurricane Matthew
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Emergency officials in North Carolina say at least 20 people have died because of Hurricane Matthew.

In a press conference Wednesday morning, Governor Pat McCrory urged drivers to continue following marked detours, as two major interstates and many smaller roadways remain flooded as rivers continue to rise.

Contentnea Creek
Jay Price / WUNC

Updated 3:15 p.m. October 17, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory was in New Bern this afternoon to survey damage from the floods left behind by Hurricane Matthew. 

The state Department of Transportation says many roads are still closed in eastern North Carolina, but I-95 has reopened from Fayetteville to Lumberton.  At least 25 people have died in North Carolina. Most were trapped in the vehicles in the flooding.

Officials estimate that flooding from Hurricane Matthew has caused $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings.

flooding south of downtown Lumberton
Jay Price / WUNC

Officials say the death toll in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew has risen to 17.

Earlier in the day, officials in Robeson County said they found the body of a man who was in a car when it was washed away in the flooding. All but one of the victims were in vehicles when they died, according to authorities.

Pat McCrory
UNC-TV

 Updated 5:06 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016

Many sections of U.S. 158 have deep standing water, and U.S. 64 in Manns Harbor is inaccessible due to downed trees - both main routes to the Outer Banks.

Palm trees sway in high gusts of wind, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Vero Beach, Fla. Hurricane Matthew continues to make a path for Florida's east coast from the Bahamas.
Lynne Sladky / The Associated Press

Update 2:15 p.m. Friday, 10/7/16

The eye of Hurricane Matthew is now expected to come closer to the North Carolina coast than forecasters predicted. In a press conference Friday, New Hanover County Director of Emergency Management Warren Lee warned the county's coastal residents to move inland.

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