Jessica Jones


Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.


Politics & Government
6:05 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Judges Hear Arguments in Redistricting Case

Judges heard more than three hours' worth of arguments yesterday over litigation challenging newly drawn congressional and legislative maps.

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8:30 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Panel Recommends Compensation for Eugenics Survivors

A state task force is recommending $50,000 be given to every victim of North Carolina's eugenics program.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Redistricting Foes Ask to Delay Primary

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over newly drawn maps for legislative and congressional districts want to delay the state's May primary until July.

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3:40 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

State Releases Environmental Report

There have been significant improvements in air and water quality in the state over the last two decades, according to a new state report.

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Politics & Government
8:55 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Lawmakers Overturn Governor's Veto of Teacher Assoc Bill

Early this morning, state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto of a bill preventing teachers from automatically paying dues to the state's largest organization for educators.

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Politics & Government
4:19 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Governor Vetoes Repeal of Racial Justice Act

Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have repealed the Racial Justice Act.

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5:45 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Lawmakers At Odds Over Medicaid Shortfall

Lawmakers are still at odds over how to close a projected 139 million dollar shortfall in the state's Medicaid budget. Governor Bev Perdue has accused Republican leaders in the General Assembly of breaking their promise to help close a spending gap. Democratic Representative Verla Insko says legislators must decide how to come up with the money.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Task Force Discusses Eugenics Compensation

A state panel charged with recommending compensation for victims of the state's eugenics program will try to come up with a specific lump sum at its next meeting. The Governor's Eugenics Compensation Task Force was scheduled to discuss a lump sum today, but did not come to a conclusion. One task force member suggested compensation of twenty thousand dollars, but victims who attended the meeting said that is not enough. Dr. Laura Gerald heads the group.

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4:55 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Some Military Members Struggle with Debt

Service members, politicians and consumer advocates gathered in a round table meeting at the North Carolina National Guard headquarters today to discuss financial protections and hardships facing members of the military. Hundreds of service members struggling with debt have their security clearances revoked every year, making them ineligible for certain promotions and deployments. U.S. Representative Brad Miller says there are laws to help protect members of the military from predatory lending practices, but not enough people know about them.

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4:30 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Lawmakers Wrap Up Session

Lawmakers have adjourned their post-Thanksgiving work session.

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