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.

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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.

A shot from the top of the Corcoran Street parking garage.  The American Underground sign is visible along with the 21c Hotel to the left.
Philip Vignola Jr. / http://bullcity.pictures

By day, Philip Vignola Jr. works in technology at Research Triangle Park. In his spare time, he likes to roam the streets of downtown Durham and showcase the city’s history and beauty.

Instagram: @bullcitypictures

Charlotte shooting protesters
Chuck Burton / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Charlotte's police chief says video footage of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott does not show 'definitive evidence' that Scott pointed a gun at officers before he was fatally shot.

UNC Basketball, Tar Heels
Bob Leverone / AP Photo

Updated 3:55 p.m.

The NCAA Board of Governors announced Monday night that it was pulling seven championship events from North Carolina, due to the state’s HB2 law.

Mock Oyster Mushrooms
E.J. Dwigans / www.instagram.com/shroomiej

For E.J. Dwigans, the intersection of nature and photography is where he most likes to be.

"My favorite place to take photos is the forest, any forest," said Dwigans, 26, of Brevard. "There are so many hidden facets of nature that many people never get the opportunity to see."

Instagram: @shroomiej

Photo: 'Vote Here' sign in English and Spanish
Flickr user Erik Hersman

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to issue a stay in North Carolina's voter identification law.

The Court voted 4-4 on the request from Governor Pat McCrory and others.

police block a road entering Cedar Key, Fla.
John Raoux / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Updated Saturday 9:00 p.m.

Dare County Emergency Management says all major roads and bridges are now open. Flooding was worse than expected, as the back end of Hermine came through the Outer Banks. Ferries are expected to begin operating on Sunday, and the mandatory evacuation of visitors will likely be lifted.

A picture of an 'I Voted' sticker.
Vox Efx / Flickr

A federal appeals court has found that North Carolina's voter identification law was enacted "with discriminatory intent" and must be blocked.

An opinion issued Friday by a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reverses a lower-court's ruling that had upheld the law.

Donald Trump addressed the annual VFW Convention on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Jay Price / WUNC

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte Tuesday, a day after his rival Hillary Clinton tried to woo voters in the same crowd.

Hillary Clinton speaks in Raleigh
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to several thousand veterans gathered at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte Monday morning.

Chuck Burton / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The NBA says its moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to House Bill 2, the state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

the Historical Haywood Bible Church on Moncure
Amanda D. El Jaouhari / www.amandadeljaouhari.com

Photography became a part of Amanda El Jaouhari's life during her rehabilitation from an injury that ultimately resulted in back surgery. Before the injury, El Jaouhari, 36, said she was unaware of the "parasitic nature of pain" and it was very hard for her to see the beauty in the world even after having a successful operation.

two 23-year-old women play Pokemon GO
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Hundreds of Pokémon Go fans swarmed the Durham Bulls Ballpark and nearby American Tobacco on Tuesday, intent on using their phones to catch as many of the exotic monsters as possible.

NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber, left, and Ervin Farmer Jr., Grand Knight Director for the Eastern and Coastal Region of The Prince Hall Masons, bow their heads in prayers with children to honor the victims of recent police shootings.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Flanked by a group of children from the North Carolina Prince Hall Mason Youth Assembly in Raleigh, the president of the state's NAACP spoke poignantly Friday morning about the recent deaths of two black men and five police officers thousands of miles away.

The head of the 4th of July Parade in Monroe, NC. It’s unclear the year of the photo.
Frank Marchant / Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina

Happy 240th birthday, U.S.A.

Known as the Fourth of July or Independence Day, today marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the 13 American colonies were free as a sovereign nation.

Fourth of July fireworks.
Tsuacctnt / Creative Commons

From picnics and parades, to historical reenactments and fireworks, there are numerous events to commemorate the Fourth of July around North Carolina this weekend.

PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Raleigh

Jun 22, 2016
Hillary Clinton speaks in Raleigh
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made her first campaign stop in North Carolina since the end of the primary season.

She told several thousand supporters at the Exposition Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh that if elected, she would launch a job creation plan during her first hundred days in office.

A giant swing at a county fair.
Biff Jennings / www.shootersphotos.com

As Biff Jennings likes to explain, he spent the first third of his life in and around Ashland, Kentucky; the second third on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; and he’ll let you know about the next third—in about thirty years.

State of Things Host Frank Stasio hosts a broadcast at the Duke Chapel on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 to commemorate the chapel's reopening.
Duke Photography

Duke University has reopened the iconic chapel at the center of its Durham campus after a $19 million renovation.

Crews have been working for a year to restore the limestone walls and ceiling that define the chapel's Gothic architecture. 

In a special broadcast at Duke Chapel, university archivist Valerie Gillispie told WUNC’s "The State of Things" the chapel has served as an institutional icon at Duke for nearly 90 years.

Gov Pat McCrory speaks to reporters about the state's HB2 lawsuit
Jorge Valencia / WUNC

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has sued the U.S. government and the Justice Department, asking federal courts to clarify a controversial new state law that limits transgender access to bathrooms.

The Justice Department in turn filed its own lawsuit against the state, saying the law restricting use of public restrooms by transgender people constitutes a pattern of discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity.

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