Laura Candler

Web Producer

Laura moved from Chattanooga to Chapel Hill in 2013 to join WUNC as a web producer. She graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in the spring of 2012 and has created radio and multimedia stories for a variety of outlets, including Marketplace, Prairie Public, and Maine Public Broadcasting. When she's not out hunting stories, you can usually find her playing the fiddle.  

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Environment
1:13 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC Zoo Helps Launch Anti-Poaching Effort

Rangers display seized ivory tusks in the Nouaba`le – Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo.
Credit Emma Stokes, Wildlife Conservation Society

The North Carolina Zoo has partnered with five other leading conservation organizations from around the world to launch a new software tool aimed at curbing poaching in nature preserves.

The software is called Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART 1.0), and it is intended to assist park rangers and wildlife managers by helping them measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their anti-poaching efforts. Poaching is a major threat to several endangered species, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles.  Traditional methods of combating poaching are not making a dent in the illegal practice, and there is a growing gap between the sophistication of poachers and the skill level of the law enforcement patrols trying to stop them.  SMART is open-source and free for any organization or individual to download.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon March 25, 2013

State Celebrates 350th Anniversary Of Carolina Charter

The first page of the Carolina Charter of 1663.
Credit N.C. State Archives

People interested in the history of North Carolina can see the front page of the Carolina Charter on display today in Raleigh.  The 350-year-old old document represents the land grant from the King of England to eight of his closest friends and allies who helped him when he was restored to the throne. 

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

NC Press Association Honors Carl Kasell

Carl Kasell at a WUNC event in 2007.
Credit Dave Horne/Flickr

At their most recent Annual Meeting, The North Carolina Press Association named Carl Kasell the 2013 North Carolinian of the Year.

Originally from Goldsboro, Kasell is known for his life-long career in radio broadcasting. He also helped found WUNC while in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Kasell spent 30 years as a newscaster for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and he currently works on the popular radio news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, in addition to being an ambassador for NPR.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina - But Which One?

Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics for 'Carolina in the Morning' in 1922.
Credit Johns Hopkins University, The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

Andy Marx talks about how a Carolina governor tried to claim his grandfather's song 'Carolina In the Morning' as the state's own, and Sean Cole remembers Daffy Duck's version of the tune.

If you’ve ever attended a public event or high school choir performance in North or South Carolina, chances are you’ve heard the song “Carolina in The Morning.” But which Carolina does the iconic tune refer to?

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Arts & Culture
2:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Andy Griffith’s Widow To Demolish His Former Home

Andy Griffith
Credit andygriffith.org

Less than one year after Andy Griffith’s death, his widow intends to raze the house where he once lived with his family. According to friends, Griffith had hoped the house would be turned into a museum.

Cindi Griffith received a demolition permit from Dare County on Monday. The house that she intends to tear down is not the large one that she and Andy built recently, but a smaller one on Roanoke Island that Andy Griffith bought in the 1950’s.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

March Madness Alternative: A Public Radio Bracket

KPCC's Public Radio Show Bracket
Credit Mike Roe/KPCC

You don’t have to be a basketball fan to participate in this March Madness bracket, just a public radio listener. Southern California public radio station KPCC has created an alternative competition pitting 32 public radio shows against one another. Listeners can vote for their favorites on their website.

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Sports
10:07 am
Tue March 19, 2013

NC A&T Aims For Spoiler Role In NCAA Tournament

Adrian Powell at the free throw line.
Credit NC A&T Sports Information

NC A&T will tip it off against Liberty tonight in Dayton, OH as part of the First Four. The Aggies surprised everyone last week when they seized the MEAC championship in a 57-54 win against Morgan state.

Last year Norfolk State represented the MEAC in the NCAA Tournament. As a 15-seed the Spartans defeated 2-seed, Missouri, 86-84. It is one of only six upsets where a 15-seed knocked off a 2-seed. With a victory tonight, North Carolina A&T would meet 1-seed Louisville on Thursday. A 16-seed has never beaten a one-seed.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Ashley Christensen Named NC’s Sole James Beard Nominee

Credit James Beard Foundation

More than a dozen North Carolina restaurants and chefs earned a spot on the James Beard Award semifinalist list this year, but only one is advancing to the nominee (finalist) category: Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh. Christensen was nominated for Best Chef: Southeast, a position she shares with four other chefs in the region. Here is her reaction on twitter this morning:

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

2011 James Beard Award Winner Shares A Recipe

Credit courtesy of Andrea Reusing

Like a few others in the Triangle, Andrea Reusing found out she was a James Beard semi-finalist on Twitter.  But of the 13 semi-finalists in North Carolina this year, Andrea Reusing of Lantern is the only one to have ever won the award before.

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