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 with Jorge Valencia and Reema Khrais. Jeff started at WUNC as the Greensboro Bureau Chief, in September of 2011. He covered a range of topics, including higher education, the military, federal courts, politics, coal ash, 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

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Skip Alston (center) at one of his final meetings as County Commissioner
Jeff Tiberii

Tonight marks the end of a political era in Greensboro. Melvin "Skip" Alston is stepping down after 20 years as a Guilford County Commissioner. Alston has been a polarizing figure during his time on the board, clashing with conservative commissioners while rarely holding back an opinion. Alston says he's not done with politics, although where he will emerge next isn't yet clear.

Greensboro has been selected as the site of the 2015 US Figure Skating Championships. This competition came to Greensboro – and North Carolina – for the first time in 2011, following an Olympic year. In 2015 US Figure Skating’s largest event will return to the state, a year after the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Greensboro Coliseum General Manager Matt Brown.

Matt Brown: "This is a significant accomplishment for Greensboro. Many within the sport of figure skating questioned, how well figure skating championship would fare in the south. Boy, didn’t we surprise them."

Forsyth County Commissioners have approved economic incentives in an effort to lure 500 full-time jobs to Winston-Salem. Herbalife International is a California based nutrition and skin care product company. It's considering adding hundreds of jobs on the east coast; jobs that would pay an average of $41,000 a year. County Commissioner Walter Marshall was part of a unanimous vote this week to offer more than $1.1 million in tax incentives.

The largest employer in Forsyth County will eliminate 950 jobs by next summer. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is bracing for a decrease in medical reimbursements and federal research funding. This week 76 full-time employees will be let go. By June 475 workers will be let go and another 475 positions will be eliminated through attrition and retirement. CEO Dr. John McConnell says no doctors, nurses or P.A.’s will lose their jobs.

Civil War artifacts, portraits and flags are part of a new Civil War exhibit on display the North Carolina Museum of History. The exhibit is the second in a three-part series. It commemorates 1863 Civil War battles, weapons and even a mistake. In early May of that year soldiers from the 18th Regiment in this state accidentally shot confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Curator Jeanne Marie Warzeski.

North Carolina’s two US Senators agree eliminating tax loopholes should be part of the equation as congress works to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Congress has to decide whether tax cuts should be extended for any Americans and if automatic cuts to federal government should be partially or completely stopped. Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan supports reduced spending and changes to the tax code.

The mayor of Greensboro is trying to avoid having his home foreclosed on while paying down his debts to the IRS.

Mayor Robbie Perkins has been in commercial real estate for 32 years. He says an industry depression combined with a split from his wife has left him in a bad financial circumstance. The IRS put a lien on his Greensboro home early this year in an effort to get him to pay some of the $86,000 he owed in federal taxes.

A manufacturing plant in High Point will close by the end of next year and more than 600 people could lose their jobs.

Republican Governor Elect Pat McCrory is in Raleigh today beginning the transition to becoming North Carolina's 74th Governor.

PatMcCrory.com

Republican Pat McCrory will be the next governor of North Carolina. The former Charlotte Mayor defeated Democrat Walter Dalton on Tuesday by receiving more than 54-percent of the vote. McCrory becomes the first GOP gubernatorial candidate to win in 27 years, and just the third republican to take the governor's mansion since 1901.

City inspectors in Greensboro lost track of more than 300 cases of housing and nuisance violations.

The violations ranged from overgrown lots to structures that should have been condemned. In some instances city inspectors found housing code violations, but didn’t follow up and were not held accountable by supervisors. The lost violations effect between 50 and 75 properties. Councilwoman Nancy Vaughn says a new computer system didn’t cross-check with old cases.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory continues to lead Democrat Walter Dalton in the polls and campaign fundraising.

The Carolina Theater in Greensboro is commemorating is 85th anniversary tonight with the debut of a documentary.


The half hour film looks at the theater's 36 years of segregation, how a lack of funding almost led it to become a venue for pornographic films, and its role as an independent non-profit, today. Keith Holiday is the President and CEO of Carolina Theater. He recalled a North Carolina A&T student and later well-known Civil Rights Activist whose efforts helped to desegregate the theater in the early 1960s.

Tonight marks the third and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton.

About 100 North Carolina National Guard Soldiers will deploy to Egypt this week.

The men and women are scheduled to spend the next nine months in the Sinai Peninsula, supporting the 1979 peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. Captain Matthew Boyle says the mission is a standard operation and has not been affected by the tenuous situation in Egypt and the Middle East.

BB&T plans to bring 1,700 jobs to Greensboro in the next five years.

Dalton and McCrory
Jeff Tiberii

Prior to the Presidential debate last night, North Carolina’s major party candidates for governor squared off as well. Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton debated for nearly an hour in Research Triangle Park.

The second of three Gubernatorial Debates between Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton takes place tonight.

Pat McCrory
PatMcCrory.com

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory has been here before. Four years ago he lost the closest Governors race in the country to Bev Perdue. Now, the former seven-term mayor of Charlotte is leading in the polls and hoping a second bid for the state house yields a different result. Jeff Tiberii reports on the man trying to become just the third Republican governor North Carolina has elected since 1900.

Barbara Howe
BarbaraHowe.net

The next governor of North Carolina will almost certainly be Republican Pat McCrory or Democrat Walter Dalton. But there is a third party candidate in the race and on the ballot, Libertarian Barbara Howe.

Walter Dalton
Office of the Lt. Governor

Earlier this year Bev Perdue announced she would not seek reelection as governor of North Carolina. The Democratic Party had to quickly find a suitable candidate to try to replace the state's chief executive. They voted for Walter Dalton, the man who had replaced Perdue as Lieutenant Governor four years earlier. Jeff Tiberii reports on the former six-term state senator, now vying for the Governor's mansion.

North Carolina's major party candidates for Governor both spoke at an economic event in Greensboro today.

Greensboro Police will share recent accomplishments and listen to residents when a second round of community forums begins tonight.

Jeff Tiberii: Police Chief Ken Miller started these events last year with the hope of highlighting some of his department's initiatives while building better communication with local citizens. The Police Department says between 25 and 50 residents turned out to the first wave of forums. Captain Brian Cheek:

A church from the 1890s is being disassembled and moved to Chapel Hill this month.

For more than 120 years St. Phillips Church has been in Germanton, a small town north of Winston-Salem. Now, the Episcopal Church of the Advocate is bringing it to Chapel Hill. Reverend Lisa Fischbeck says the unconventional move will cost about $250,000.

Dalton McCrory Debate
Jeff Tiberii

There was another debate last night. Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory are vying to be the next Governor of North Carolina. They met in the first of three scheduled Gubernatorial forums and answered questions about a wide range of topics.

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