Jeff Tiberii

Greensboro Bureau Chief

Jeff Tiberii first started posing questions to complete strangers at the age of 2. Following a meal at La Cantina Italiana, Jeff climbed down from the booth and began asking other customers what was going on. Jeff grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts, graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and moved to North Carolina in 2006. His experience with NPR member stations WAER (Syracuse) and WFDD (Winston-Salem) dates back almost 10 years. Jeff grew up rooting for the Tar Heels (Donald Williams, Dante Calabria) and remains an avid basketball fan. He also works for IMG College as a Network Studio Host in Winston-Salem.

Jeff has covered a Presidential Inauguration, three NCAA Tournaments, another three ACC Men’s Tournaments, the wreckage of a plane crash, and the John Edwards Trial. His work has been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here & Now. Jeff’s work has been recognized with three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and dozens of other honors. He loves to travel and would one day like to live and work abroad. Jeff began as the Greensboro Bureau Chief in September of 2011.


Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Economic Improvement In Greensboro, Sort Of

There are marginal signs of economic improvement in Greensboro in an annual State of the City Report. A UNC-Greensboro professor did the study and looked at median income, teen pregnancy rates, and the kinds of jobs the city is adding, among other topics. Keith Debbage told the Triad Business Journal the city is showing signs of a fledgling recovery. The poverty rate actually dropped, but is still high compared to other peer cities, at 19.6 percent.

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5:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

As Temperatures Drop Shelters Prepare For Those In Need

  • Greensboro shelters will be close to capacity this week as more people try to secure a warm place to sleep during some of the coldest winter nights.

On Tuesday night in Greensboro the temperature is expected to drop into the teens and shelters are expecting to be at or near capacity. Four years ago there was a significant rise in the number of people seeking shelter during the winter months. Greensboro didn’t have enough beds and on many cold nights dozens of people had to sleep on floors. The city responded by opening a half dozen winter emergency shelters for frigid nights like tonight. Reverend Mike Aiken says those facilities opened December 1st and will be packed this week.

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5:19 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Why Greensboro Residents Are Upset Over Tree Cutting

Members in one Greensboro neighborhood were particularly upset when a tree with no power lines directly over head was completely cut down. A spokesperson for Duke says cutting down trees is a last resort.
Credit Credit Jeff Tiberii

Many residents in Greensboro are upset with Duke Energy over the company's practice of pruning, and in some cases cutting, neighborhood trees. Frustrated citizens started two Facebook groups, collected 15-hundred signatures for a petition and demanded that local leaders step in and help.

Ten Years ago sub contractors for Duke Energy made the rounds in several Greensboro neighborhoods, trimming and cutting trees that were too close to power lines. It sent residents who felt the pruning was too aggressive into an uproar. They complained to elected officials and Duke eventually heard about it, but nothing really changed. In fact nothing really happened at all. Last month crews returned to some neighborhoods for the first time in a decade.

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5:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

After Public Outcry, Greensboro To Implement New Tree-Cutting Rules

Lawmakers in Greensboro will create a new ordinance following public outcry over trees being cut down by Duke Energy.

Dozens of residents turned out to a City Council meeting this week to share their frustration over what they describe as unnecessary and aggressive tree cutting measures by Duke Energy. The utility company completely cut down about 150 trees in the last few months, prompting public response.  City Council woman Marikay Abuzuaiter:

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6:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Why a Gun Rights Group is Suing Winston-Salem

  • Jeff Tiberii reporting

A gun-rights group is suing the city of Winston-Salem over what it claims are unconstitutional restrictions of concealed weapons.

Two years ago the general assembly gave cities the ability to regulate concealed handguns at county and municipal recreational facilities. Winston-Salem leaders defined recreational facilities as playgrounds, swimming pools, athletic fields and athletics facilities. Of the city's 69 parks, concealed handguns are prohibited in parts or all of 52.

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10:30 am
Mon January 14, 2013

For-Profit University Opens Triad Campus

Students are beginning classes today at the new High Point campus of a for-profit university.

South University has more than 22,000 students across the country. It has 15 campuses, but the majority of students take classes on-line. South has a graduation rate of just more than 30-percent, which is better than most for-profit schools. Michael Trembley is Campus President in High Point. He expects about 85 students on this inaugural day:

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3:29 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

SEC Investigating Herbalife

A company planning to bring nearly 500 jobs to Winston-Salem is being investigated by the federal government.

Just last month Herbalife announced plans to develop an east coast distribution center and create more than 490 new full-time jobs. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the nutrition and skin care company, after claims by some investors that Herbalife is a well organized pyramid scheme. Mayor Allen Joines said the State Attorney General already looked into these allegations and found nothing illegal.

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6:10 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Chatham County Celebrates New Justice Center

Chatham County's new Justice Center is open for business.

The new justice center has four courtrooms, and significantly more office space than the previous, historic courthouse in Pittsboro. Plans to move out of that building started 13 years ago, but a fire in 2010 threatened its future. David Hughes is the Public Works Director in Chatham county. He says the 130-year-old building has been preserved.

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6:31 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New State Law Requires More Background Checks

A new state law requires more extensive background checks for people working with children.

In years past employees at day care centers could start working with children before a background check was complete. Anna Carter is with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Anna Carter: "What this law change did was, it changes it to be a pre-service requirement for when a new staff is hired. So before you work with children it would have to be completed."

Politics & Government
8:46 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Gas Safety Violations Don't Lead to Fines

A state audit has found that the Department of Agriculture assessed only two fines following thousands of safety violations involving liquefied petroleum.

Jeff Tiberii: Liquefied Petroleum, or L.P., gas is used in grills, lighters and even to heat homes. During a 12-month period, Department of Agriculture inspectors wrote nearly 7,500 safety violations, but levied just two fines. State Auditor Beth Wood says violations ranged from storage plants, to dangerous pipes in homes. She says inspectors should have assessed much more in penalties.

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