Eric Hodge

Host, "Morning Edition"

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.

In August 2004, he took over the Morning Edition slot where he enjoys the challenge of bringing North Carolina news to listeners each weekday. Eric moved to Carrboro from New York City in 2000. He worked for the BBC and XFM radio while living in London, England. He has also run his own music marketing company, worked for major record labels in both New York and London, and worked on the Grammy Award nominated Harry Belafonte project, "The Anthology of Black Music."

Eric grew up in Michigan, trained at the Broadcast Center in St. Louis with CBS's KMOX radio and worked at a variety of stations in the Midwest and upstate New York.

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Pollinators
8:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Study: Native NC Bees Are More Efficient Pollinators

A new NC State study found that honey bees are more plentiful than smaller native bees, but less efficient pollinators.
Credit David Tarpy

Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a system to evaluate the efficiency and importance of different species of pollinators. 

The study's authors say insects are the primary pollinators of crops.  The researchers developed their system by looking at the behavior of bees in North Carolina blueberry fields. 

Hannah Burrack is an associate professor of entomology at NC State and a co-author of the study. 

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Salt marshes
8:38 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Duke Study: Salt Marshes Depend On Crabs, Snails And Fungus For Preservation

Salt marsh ecosystems depend on healthy biodiversity.
Credit Rob Bixby / RobBixbyPhotography, Flickr Creative Commons

A new study from Duke University shows the importance of maintaining key species to support biodiversity. 

Researchers manipulated the populations of crabs, snails and fungus in a salt marsh in Georgia.  Brian Silliman is an associate professor of marine conservation biology at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.  He says each species provides an important function in preserving the marsh. 

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Arts Center
8:21 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Carrboro Is Planning A New ArtsCenter Building

Carrboro is taking public comment about building a new facility for The ArtsCenter.
Credit Town of Carrboro / Wikipedia Creative Commons

The public is invited to weigh in on plans to build a new Arts and Creativity facility in downtown Carrboro. 

Officials with the current ArtsCenter and the town hope to replace the existing building on a neighboring piece of property over the next five years. 

Art Menius is the Executive Director of the ArtsCenter.  He says there's a desire for more than performance space and classrooms. 

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Sturgeon
8:36 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Atlantic Sturgeon Populations Are Recovering Along The Coast

Atlantic Sturgeon populations are recovering along the North Carolina coast.
Credit Keith Ashley and Bennett Wynne, North Carolina Resources Commission / Creative Commons

The endangered Atlantic Sturgeon is slowly making a comeback along the North Carolina coast. 

The ocean fish needs to come into coastal rivers to spawn. Dams and locks in many of the state's waterways have made it difficult and, in some cases, impossible for the sturgeon to reproduce. But efforts to remove some of those barriers seems to be having a positive impact. 

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Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Billy Graham Celebrates 95th Birthday With Friends, Celebrities, Dignitaries

Rev. Billy Graham

North Carolina icon and evangelist Billy Graham is 95 years old. He gathered with friends, family and celebrities Thursday in Asheville to celebrate. Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii was there and joined Eric Hodge to talk about the celebration.

ERIC HODGE: This was a big event at Asheville's Grove Park Inn.  How were Graham's guests celebrating his birthday?

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Business & Economy
5:29 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Triangle Bus Services Considering Fare Increases

Capital Area Transit buses in downtown Raleigh.
Credit City of Raleigh

Bus riders in the Triangle are invited to weigh in on proposed fare hikes for Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit.  Officials for the agencies say they haven't raised fares since 2005 for Triangle Transit and the last time Raleigh buses raised rates was in 2007. 

John Tallmadge is the Director of Regional Services Development for Triangle Transit.  He says ridership has more than doubled for his service since the last rate hike.

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WUNC Updates
7:57 am
Fri October 11, 2013

A Farewell To Dick Gordon

Dick Gordon
Credit Indaia Whitcombe

Friday is the last day for The Story on WUNC.  The program's host, Dick Gordon, is leaving the station after eight years with the nationally distributed show.  He spoke with Morning Edition's Eric Hodge one last time Friday morning.

ERIC HODGE: Good morning Dick.

DICK GORDON: Hi, Eric.

HODGE: So, why the move, Mr. Gordon?

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Environment
10:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Duke Study Finds Contamination At PA Fracking Site

A rig and gas well operation at the Marcellus Shale in PA
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Groundwater and sediment from a natural gas fracking treatment site in Pennsylvania is contaminated with chemicals and radioactivity.

That's the finding of a new study at Duke University. Researchers examined the quality of shale gas wastewater from hydraulic fracturing in the stream water above and below a disposal site about an hour east of Pittsburgh. 

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Arts & Culture
9:18 am
Fri September 27, 2013

World Of Bluegrass: Awards And Weekend Lineup

Credit IBMA

The World of Bluegrass festival is in its last few days in Raleigh. Music journalist Craig Havighurst is back one last time to talk about the event.  He's a triangle native who now hosts a music roots show from Nashville.  He's also a board member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, the group that puts on the festival every year.

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Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

World Of Bluegrass: Bands Play On, Prepare For Awards Ceremony

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WUNC's Eric Hodge talks with music journalist Craig Havighurst about Thursday's lineup at the World of Bluegrass.

Raleigh is in the middle of the World of Bluegrass festival. Craig Havighurst returns to talk with WUNC's Eric Hodge about the event.  Havighurst is a music journalist who has contributed to NPR and the Wall Street Jounral.  He produces a music roots show in Nashville and is a Triangle native.  He's also a board member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, which puts on the festival.

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