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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Business & Economy
2:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Can The Pitch Of Your Voice Affect Your Income?

Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE.
Credit Ed Schipul via Flickr, Creative Commons

A new study from Duke University says it can. Research finds that male CEOs with deeper voices make more money, manage larger firms, and have a longer tenure than those with higher pitched voices. The study follows another published last year by Duke scientists revealing that deep-voiced people are perceived to have better leadership qualities.

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Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

WUNC Wins 4 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Credit RTDNA

WUNC won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2013 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) contest, including the overall excellence award for our region (which includes KY, NC, SC, TN, & WV).

RTDNA has 14 regions and only two other public radio stations in the country won the overall excellence award in their region – WBEZ in Chicago and WLRN in Miami. The awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

WUNC also has individual winners:

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Environment
10:15 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Exploring Local Greenways: Wake County Creates Natural Corridors

A cyclist on the Capital Area Greenway System in Raleigh.
Credit City of Raleigh

Aside from the fact that Raleigh has a smartphone app for its greenways, the most impressive thing about its trails might be that so many of them are connected. Instead of a dribble of pavement here and there, the Capital Area Greenway System forms a giant loop around the city with several offshoots. There are sections where you can ride a bicycle over 30 miles without leaving a paved trail.

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Environment
3:54 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Triangle Greenways Council Buys 22 Acres In Durham County For Future Trail

Chunky Pipe Creek
Credit Triangle Greenways Council

Just days after the City of Durham kicked off its trail season, the Triangle Greenways Council (TGC) has finalized a deal allowing for the creation a new greenway in Durham County. The group purchased a parcel of land along Chunky Pipe Creek, about two miles upstream from Falls Lake, Raleigh’s drinking water source (see a map here). The land has already been designated  for a future greenway project in the Durham Open Space Plan.

TGC  bought the land on April 10 from private owners, who will benefit from the NC Conservation Tax Credit and other federal tax deductions that incentivize conservation efforts. The purchase is the fourth parcel that TGC has bought along the creek.  The City of Raleigh provided funding via the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, a consortium of seven conservation groups that aims to protect land important to  the health of drinking water sources in the Upper Neuse River Basin.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Where Can You Watch A Trash Bin Explode With Ping Pong Balls?

Students learning about a weather balloon at last year's North Carolina Science Festival.
Credit NC Science Festival

At the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC Chapel Hill this morning! The experiment is one of many happening this week and next as a part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a statewide series of science-related happenings that began on April 5. Today, the Festival is encouraging people to participate in Experi-Minute, an attempt to engage all North Carolinians in some kind of science-related activity for at least one minute on Friday morning.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 am
Thu April 11, 2013

McCrory Declares Rev. Billy Graham ‘North Carolina’s Favorite Son’

Governor McCrory presented Graham with the proclamation during a visit to the reverend's home in early March.
Credit Office of Pat McCrory

It’s not every day that you’re called somebody’s favorite son, but if you’re Billy Graham, you might be accustomed to earning superlative titles. He has been voted one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World” in a Gallup poll a whopping 56 times, and yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers added another one to his list: North Carolina’s favorite son.

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Environment
2:16 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Exploring Local Greenways: Durham Aims For Safety

The American Tobacco Trail where it begins in downtown Durham.
Laura Candler

Durham might seem like it’s crisscrossed with bike lanes and greenways now – from the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) on the southern edge of town to the North/South Greenway that picks up where the ATT leaves off in the city. But 30 years ago, that was not the case.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

What Being The 'Tastiest Town In The South' Means For Durham

Shelly Green with Durham's award for the Tastiest Town in the South
Credit Leoneda Inge

It’s a booming year for the Durham food scene. In February, four of its restaurants became James Beard semi-finalists, and today Southern Living magazine declared Durham the “Tastiest Town in the South.”

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Environment
2:15 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ready For Pollen Season? Here’s What You Should Know

Catkins on a pine tree
Credit Donald Lee Pardue, via Flickr, Creative Commons

It’s April, and the scent of flowers is in the air. Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, those flowers also mean that it’s pollen season.  North Carolina pollen counts have been mostly low so far this year, but in the past couple days the count has risen dramatically.

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Environment
11:38 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Exploring Local Greenways: Greensboro's Artistic Twist

The Spring Garden St. underpass on Greensboro's Downtown Greenway. Primary Flight, a Miami-based street art collective, was chosen to design and paint colorful murals on each of seven large scale concrete support structures.
Action Greensboro

With springtime comes the urge to get outdoors, and in a handful of North Carolina’s cities and towns, a growing network of greenways is making that easier to do. While North Carolina does not stand out nationally for its volume of bicycle commuters (it ranks 41st in the country), it does have a higher bike commuting rate than any neighboring state except Virginia. And several of North Carolina’s cities have adopted transportation plans to accommodate a higher volume pedestrians and cyclists.

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