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.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Wake Forest Baptist Implements Cuts

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Credit Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced a series of cost saving measures.

Thousands of employees at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem will be affected by several cost-cutting measures. The hospital is planning to freeze some hiring, reduce retirement contributions and ask employees to voluntarily take furloughs.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Greensboro Looks For A Million Dollar Idea

Greensboro
Credit Scott Moore, Flickr, Creative Commons

Greensboro is seeking applications for a $1 million federal grant, designed to grow the local economy.

Leaders in Greensboro are accepting submissions for a federal grant that will award one million dollars for an innovative plan.  The winning idea is supposed to help the city’s economy by designing a way to improve long-term job prospects.  Organizers admit they’re being purposely vague to see what kind of submissions they get to develop the city.  A panel of about 20 people that will ultimately chose the winning entry, met for the first time on Wednesday.

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Environment
7:52 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Greensboro Awaits First Draft Of New Tree Ordinance

Stumps like this one have become more common in Greensboro neighborhoods. Duke energy says it cuts when necessary. Residents think the company is being too aggressive.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Some residents in Greensboro are eagerly awaiting the details of a proposed tree ordinance. A city council subcommittee finished the draft for the ordinance this week, but it has not yet been made public.

The new measure comes in response to a dispute between property owners and Duke Energy over the company’s practice of cutting trees.  Nancy Vaughan is an at-large City Council member who helped write the ordinance draft.

"We were able to protect private property as well as public right of way," says  Vaughan.

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Education
4:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Guilford County Students To Get Tablets

Students in a Guilford County school classroom on computers.
Credit Guilford County Schools

This fall about 13,000 middle school students in the Guilford County Schools district will receive tablets. It’s part of a $30 million Race to the Top grant that Guilford won last year. Administrators and teachers will receive training from a company called Amplify in the coming months. 

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Environment
5:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Greensboro Air Quality Improving, But Still Receives F-rating

Greensboro received an F-rating for air quality.
Credit Derrick Matthews, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report is out, and it slots Greensboro as the 42nd most polluted metro area in the county.  The city received an F-rating.

Laura-Kate Bender, who worked on the report, says the news wasn’t all bad.

"Despite getting an ‘F,' the area actually got its lowest overall number of smog days," she says. "So even though it received a failing grade, it’s a significant improvement over last year."

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Environment
5:01 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Progress Energy A Top Producer Of Solar Power Nationwide

One of Progress Energy's solar energy farms in San Antonio, Texas.
Credit Duke Energy/Progress Energy

The North Carolina utility company Progress Energy is among the nations leaders in solar production. Last year the utility company produced almost 70 megawatts of new solar generating capacity. The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) says that’s the 8th highest output of all U.S. utility companies.

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Environment
10:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

More Rainfall Lessens Statewide Drought

State drought map. Yellow counties are abnormally dry, tan counties are moderately dry.
Credit State Division of Water Resources

North Carolina’s drought conditions are better than they were one year ago. Last April, 53 counties were experiencing a moderate drought – the lowest of the four drought categories. This year only eight of the state’s 100 counties are currently receiving that classification.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Greensboro Mayor Files For Bankruptcy

Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins has nearly $11 million of debt.
Credit www.greensboro-nc.gov

Robbie Perkins, the first-term mayor of Greensboro, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last Friday in Federal Court. The mayor says his total debt is between $10.6 and $10.8 million. The financial trouble is partly personal and largely professional.  Perkins owes several million dollars to banks for multiple property deals approximately $644,000 on a home mortgage and nearly $200,000 to the IRS.

“The combination of getting divorced and not seeing the ability to dig out of the real estate hole caused me to file for bankruptcy,” Perkins said.

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Business & Economy
6:58 am
Tue April 9, 2013

McCrory Wants Private Sector More Involved In NC Business

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit NC Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory wants to create a new agency to help grow North Carolina’s economy. The proposal includes a plan to privatize part of the Commerce Department.


McCrory wants a new outlet to handle job recruitment, efforts to boost exports and promote tourism. Those duties would replace some of the functions the Commerce Department currently handles. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker says the goal is a public-private partnership.

"The state has a role in creating incentives, in making this a competitive place economically," she says.

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Politics & Government
10:02 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Could NC Soon Have A Pepsi-Cola Ferry Line?

Chicamacomico Ferry
Credit NC DOT

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill that would allow for sponsorship of ferry lines along the North Carolina coast.

Last year the state’s seven ferry lines ran a deficit of more than $30 million. The ferry system is consistently in the red, and fuel costs are only making it worse. Leaders have discussed raising fares, but a new bill would avoid that by seeking about $4 million in sponsorship from large corporations. Think the Pepsi-Cola line instead of Hatteras-Ocracoke.

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