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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Sports
8:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

NCAA Baseball Tournament Kicks Off This Weekend

The Tar Heels are seeded number one in the NCAA tournament.
Credit Jeffrey A. Camarati, UNC

The NCAA baseball tournament gets underway this weekend with games in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.  NC State hosts a regional with a game against Binghamton tomorrow night at seven.  UNC Chapel Hill is the number one overall seed and will also host a regional tomorrow night.  The Tar Heels face Canisius at 6:00.  Coach Mike Fox says fans have a big role to play in his team's success.

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Health
5:19 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 82

Salmonella magnified 15,000x.
Credit CDC/ Janice Haney Carr

The number of people sickened by salmonella traced to a Fayetteville area hotel has risen to at least 82.  Officials say the outbreak happened earlier this month at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux.  Buck Wilson is the public health director for Cumberland County.  He says finding the precise cause is challenging. 

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Music
8:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Kenny Roby Uses Country And R&B Influences In New Album

Raleigh musician Kenny Roby
Credit Raymond Goodman / Contributed by the artist

Kenny Roby was raised in South Carolina, but he moved to Raleigh as a young adult and began playing music. 

He started with a punk band.  From there, he formed the influential Six String Drag, which put out two well received country rock records in the late 90s at the same time Whiskey Town was getting rolling.

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Environment
5:05 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Bodie Island Lighthouse Opens To Public For The First Time

Bodie Island Lighthouse
Credit National Park Service

For the first time ever, the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open for public tours.  The structure was built in 1872 and has been closed for a $5 million renovation for the past four years. Years of exposure to harsh weather had brought on structural and safety problems. Restoration work included repairs to the spiral stairs, brickwork and the lens that still serves as a navigational guide for ships.

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Education
1:17 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Fewer People Are Applying To Law School

UNC School of Law
Credit Steve Exum, UNC School of Law

Many law schools across the country have experienced a drop in applications over the past two years.  Officials say rising tuition and a shaky job market are contributing to the decline. 

“Applications this year, reflecting kind of a national trend are down to about 1,510 from 2,300 last year, that's about a 35 percent drop,” says Jack Boger, dean of the UNC School of Law. “A lot of law schools experienced that kind of drop a year ago; we didn't at that point, but the national trend has caught up with us.”

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon March 25, 2013

State Celebrates 350th Anniversary Of Carolina Charter

The first page of the Carolina Charter of 1663.
Credit N.C. State Archives

People interested in the history of North Carolina can see the front page of the Carolina Charter on display today in Raleigh.  The 350-year-old old document represents the land grant from the King of England to eight of his closest friends and allies who helped him when he was restored to the throne. 

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Politics & Government
11:41 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Flood Insurance Rates To Rise Dramatically On NC Coast

A vacation home on the Outer Banks after super-storm Sandy.
Credit Don McCullough, via Flickr, Creative Commons

Flood insurance rates are set to go up for people who own property along the North Carolina coast.  Congress approved the rate increase last year after the National Flood Insurance Program had to borrow money to pay damage claims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Super-storm Sandy. 

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Union Sailors Caught In Famous NC Shipwreck Laid To Rest 150 Years Later

The wreck of the Civil War vessel USS Monitor lies off the coast of Cape Hatteras. Two sailors who went down with the ship will be laid to rest Friday.
Credit Monitor National Marine Sanctuary / noaa.gov

The remains of two Union sailors who went down with the ironclad USS Monitor off the North Carolina coast will be honored Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The Civil War ship sank 150 years ago.  The remains were found in 2002.  Lauren Heesemann is the research coordinator for NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. 

"The date for the burial was chosen because its the 151st anniversary of the battle of Hampton Roads which is one of the battles that the Monitor is most known for; the battle of the Monitor versus the Merrimack or the CSS Virginia," Heesemann says.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Birds And Arrows Check-In At Last Motel

In the WUNC Studios: L to R: Josh Starmer: cello and vocals, Al Wodarski: Last Motel sound engineer, Andrea Connolly: vocals, guitar and ukelele, Pete Connolly: vocals and all sorts of percussion
Credit Eric Hodge / WUNC

Birds and Arrows new album Coyotes is out next week.  It's produced by Chris Stamey from the dB's and features guests including Robert Sledge from Ben Folds Five and James Wallace from Mount Moriah.  

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Weather
7:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week Kicks Off With Signs Of Wintry Mix

The National Weather Service in Raleigh says much of central and western North Carolina are under a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday.
Credit National Weather Service / noaa.gov

Snow in the forecast Wednesday is a reminder that bad weather can hit North Carolina at any time.  This is severe weather awareness week across the state and officials are urging the public to be prepared.  Meteorologist Nick Petro says a statewide tornado drill will take place Wednesday morning.

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