Eric Mennel

News Producer

Eric Mennel prepares the afternoon/evening "drive time" newscast on WUNC. Previously, he was a producer for The Story with Dick Gordon. Eric has reported for All Things Considered, This American Life, 99% Invisible and other radio programs. He covered protests and security measures at the 2012 Republican National Convention for WUSF Tampa and NPR News. One day, he hopes to own a home with a wrap-around porch.

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Politics & Government
8:27 am
Fri August 1, 2014

A Road Repair Shortcut Could Be A Budget Perk For The Governor

A budget provision could give the governor power to bypass the permitting process to repair damaged roads on the Outer Banks.
Credit Outer Banks Real Estate / Flickr Creative Commons

A provision in the proposed budget deal would allow the governor to bypass environmental reviews for road projects along the coast.

It indicates that during a state of emergency, the governor could issue an executive order to waive the required environmental permits to replace state highways along the Atlantic.

The provision is said to be a recourse for municipalities whose sole access to the mainland is a state highway.

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Education
5:14 am
Thu July 31, 2014

[Video] Candlelight Vigil Held For Slain UNC Professor

A child lays a candle around a fountain in memory of Dr. Feng Liu
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

More than 200 people gathered outside on the UNC campus Wednesday night, less than a mile from the spot where Feng Liu was robbed and beaten last week. The vast majority in attendance were part of the Chinese-American community and UNC’s Pharmacy Department, where Liu was a professor.

The evening began with remembrances from friends and colleagues. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt offered condolences to those who knew Liu best.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Mark Eitzel Performs Tonight, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University

Credit Merge Records

Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The North Carolina-based label is taking all of 2014 to celebrate its silver jubilee. There've been reissues of classic recordings and a 25K run already, but this week is a big one for the music, with a series of concerts. Tonight, Mark Eitzel will be at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus:

Mark Eitzel

Known for: Melancholy tunes and witty lyrics

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Business & Economy
7:46 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

How To Sell A Home? Let Someone Else Live There

Almost all of the furniture in this home belongs to Showhomes. Cora Blinsman only brought her own bed along.
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

About a year ago, Cora Blinsman’s mom passed away. Needless to say, it was a really hard on her. She started taking stock of her own life. Cora had been a full-time, stay-at-home mom for 20 years, and she was feeling burnt out. She needed space. So … she got a lot of it.

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Health
6:18 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Why Some Sterilization Victims Will Not Receive Compensation

The state of NC sanction more than 7,600 sterilizations in the 20th century.
Credit North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program

Monday marked the last day to apply for victims of state-sanctioned sterilization in North Carolina to apply for compensation. In case this is news to you here are the basic details:

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Health
4:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Listen: This Doctor Tried To Save A Boy With The Ebola Virus

Dr. Fischer and a colleague. This clothing will protect them from Ebola.

The World Health Organization has reported the largest outbreak of Ebola ever: more than 330 deaths in western Africa, and the number is rising.  Dr. William Fischer is an infectious disease specialist at the UNC School of Medicine. He has just returned from Guinea, the epicenter of the outbreak.  Fischer admits he was scared at first. He wore protective clothing and a mask that made him look more like an astronaut than a physician. 

When asked about one of his most memorable experiences, he told this story:

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Send A Picture Of Whatever To Mars For $1

Credit Eric Mennel

My dog. Hands down - that's the picture I'm sending to Mars. No questions asked.

There's a group of students at Duke who are trying to give me the opportunity for about $1. Time Capsule To Mars is a several-years-long project that is crowdfunding to cover much of the cost of sending a satellite time capsule to the Red Planet.

For now, they're accepting picture uploads. But they plan to expand all sorts of media.

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Business & Economy
1:46 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Man Opens Shooting Range Next To Cat Refuge: Internet Gets Angry

The Goathouse Refuge in Pittsboro, NC is currently home to more than 200 cats.
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

Siglinda Scarpa walks me through the main house at The Goathouse Refuge, when a golden yellow cat that looks a lot like all the other 200+ cats starts rubbing against both of our legs, purring the way cats purr.

"Hey, Mimi," says Scarpa (presumably this is the cat's name), "What do you say? Stop that shooting range!" Scarpa chuckles.

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Science & Technology
5:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

[Video] Inside Fullsteam's First Frost Beer

A key ingredient in 'First Frost,' the persimmon
Credit David Huppert / UNC-TV

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Education
1:41 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

[Multimedia] Outspoken: The State of Teaching in North Carolina

For the past several months, WUNC has been working on a new multimedia project on the state of teaching. A sort of "End-Of-The-School Year" report on education in the state. That report, "Outspoken: The State of Teaching in North Carolina" is out today. 

In it, teachers tell stories that show the complexity of their jobs. Like Chris Reagan, who has had to prepare middle schoolers for both standardized tests... and how to go on a date:

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