Jeff Tiberii

Capitol Bureau Chief

Jeff Tiberii first started posing questions to strangers after dinner at La Cantina Italiana, in Massachusetts, when he was two-years-old. Jeff grew up in Wayland, Ma., an avid fan of the Boston Celtics, and took summer vacations to Acadia National Park (in Maine) with his family.  He graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and moved to North Carolina in 2006. His experience with NPR member stations WAER (Syracuse), WFDD (Winston-Salem) and now  WUNC, dates back 12 years. 

He works in the Capitol Bureau in downtown Raleigh. Jeff started at WUNC as the Greensboro Bureau Chief, in September of 2011. He has reported on a range of topics, including higher education, the military, federal courts, politics, coal ash, aviation, craft beer, opiate addiction and college athletics.

His work has been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here & Now. Jeff’s work has been recognized with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and dozens of other honors. He loves to travel and would one day like to live and work abroad.

If you have a story, question or thought find him at JTiberii@WUNC.org or @J_tibs

Ways to Connect

a bathroom sign at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham
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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.

At the heart of the debate is a room we don’t think about much. Except, perhaps, when we’re in a long line at a basketball game or we need a quick stop on a road trip: bathrooms.

A composite photo of former Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and current Gov. Roy Cooper (right).
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One year ago, House Bill 2 moved through the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory. A frenzied political day amplified partisan bickering, triggered unintended consequences, and established a divisive law that remains on the books.

The so-called bathroom bill served as a key political issue in North Carolina last year. It ignited conservatives and progressives, became a regular topic on the campaign trail, and drew attention from around the world – all while reflecting what was happening on a national level.

In this photo taken Thursday, May 5, 2016 Payton McGarry is reflected in the entrance at his workplace, Replacements Ltd. in McLeansville, N.C.
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After state legislators passed House Bill 2 last year, transgender rights took center stage in North Carolina - and across the United States.

The question of bathroom access pushed transgender people and their advocates into the spotlight. This happened as other high-profile figures like actress Laverne Cox and retired Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner became increasingly public about their own gender identity and transition.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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This week in state politics,  an analysis of Gov. Roy Cooper's first State of the State address. Cooper used the phrase "common ground" 13 different times, called again for a repeal of the controversial House Bill 2 and touted the largely-symbolic budget plan as a vehicle to invest in education and  teachers.

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Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about what's at the heart of all politics, the most effective legislators in American history, and challenges with the proposed American Health Care Act.  

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Senate Republicans rolled out their latest proposal for tax policy changes Thursday morning, days after House Representatives introduced their Tax Reduction Act of 2017.

Roy Cooper
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Governor Roy Cooper says the future of the state is promising. The Democrat delivered his first "State of the State" address during a joint session of the General Assembly Monday night.

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Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, special elections, reporting in Washington, and cracking curses.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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This week in state politics, Republican lawmakers advanced three bills that would strip the Democratic Governor of judicial appointment powers.

Drew Gintis and his dog
Photo Courtesy of Marsha Gintis

Drew Gintis was a teenager when he started wrestling at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.

And he loved it, even though he lost every match his freshman year, said his mother, Marsha Gintis.

“[He] worked so hard and by his junior year he had a 21 and 2 record,” she said. “His dream was to go to states.”

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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This week in North Carolina politics, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper introduced his budget proposal. It recommends 5.1 percent growth in state spending; raises for teachers, principals and state employees; and calls on the Legislature to expand Medicaid.

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Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Governor Roy Cooper's budget proposal, a bright red coat, more HB2 bluster and a surprise visit to the press room at the State Legislature.

In a district full of coifed hair and pressed shirts, a frayed rug stands out. On Capitol Hill, the office of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones is filled with home state relics – large framed pictures, crisp newspaper clippings, and shiny military medals; along with a faded North Carolina seal, buckling under a coffee table.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper unveiled his first budget proposal on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Durham Technical Community College.
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Governor Roy Cooper is touting his first budget proposal as an ambitious plan to invest in education. The Democrat is proposing a 5.1 percent increase in spending, calling for the largest teacher raises in nearly a decade, and again recommending an expansion of Medicaid.

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Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a couple of news roundups and a trivia question.

The first is a discussion with conservative and liberal voices about the week in politics.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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The week in North Carolina politics, lawmakers and Governor Roy Cooper continued their spat over confirmation powers.

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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.

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Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the budget surplus, options for a compromise on repealing HB2,  President Trump’s immigration order, and what we might expect with the upcoming budget proposal.

WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii sits down for a one-on-one conversation with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

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The battle between the executive and judicial branches continues, both at the state and national levels. A three-judge panel halted the state Senate review of Governor Cooper's cabinet appointees, and the country awaits a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on President Trump’s travel ban. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capitol bureau chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest.

A three-judge panel in North Carolina has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a law that strips the state's new governor of some powers.

The law was signed by outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and requires state Senate approval for Cabinet nominees of the new Democratic administration, something that was not required for McCrory's own nominees.

The Republican-controlled state Legislature passed the measure after McCrory lost November's election to Democrat Roy Cooper. Democrats called it a "power grab."

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel and immigration ban.

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With the General Assembly underway and the 115th Congress having convened, this week's episode of the Politics Podcast offers two scoops of political insight. For perspective from the District, Geoff Bennett of Time Warner Cable joins the program to discuss President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and other happenings on The Hill.

Then, Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) sits down to discuss an assortment of topics, including the legislative agenda, House Bill 2, Governor Roy Cooper, and rural-urban divide.

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On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Host Jeff Tiberii speaks with NPR Political Reporter Asma Khalid.

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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.

WUNC and NPR host "A Nation Engaged: A Pre-Inuguration Conversation.

North Carolina legislative building
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Phil Berger and Tim Moore were formally elected to leadership roles on a ceremonial opening day of the long legislative session at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Berger (R-Rockingham) has served as the Senate Pro Tem since 2011 while Moore (R-Cleveland) gets a second two-year term as Speaker of the House.

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