Laura Lee

Assistant News Director for Talk

Laura Lee is WUNC’s Assistant News Director for Talk. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.

Laura briefly strayed from her Tarheel allegiance in 2011 to obtain a masters degree in journalism from the University of Maryland where she was an Eleanor Merrill Fellow.  Prior to WUNC, Laura worked for NPR on the Washington desk, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation.

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The State of Things
1:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NC Attorneys Help Immigrant Detainees

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More than 400 women and children from Central America are currently being held at a temporary detention center in southeast New Mexico. Most fled to the United States to escape violence in their home countries. They are seeking asylum in the United States but face many legal and personal challenges. A group of attorneys from North Carolina traveled to the remote town of Artesia, New Mexico to represent the detainees. Host Frank Stasio talks with two of the attorneys, Evelyn Smallwood and Natalie Teague, about their experiences.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

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The election is just a few days away, and candidates are making their final pushes to encourage voters to head to the polls.

Nearly a million North Carolinians have already cast their ballots in the state through early voting which ends tomorrow.

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fracking In North Carolina

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Earlier this year, a new law lifted the ban on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in North Carolina.  Legislators said fracking permits could be issued as early as this coming spring. The process, which extracts natural gas from deep within the earth, is a controversial one.

Opponents say allowing fracking here could cause air and water pollution and adversely affect vulnerable populations. Advocates say fracking could bring economic prosperity and jobs to the state.

Host Frank Stasio talks with a panel of experts about fracking:

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The State Of Things Issues Table: Looking Down The Ballot

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

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The airwaves are flooded with ads for Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, and their race is on track to be the most expensive Senate race in history. Does the money matter? And the state will host several political celebrities in the coming weeks to stump for Hagan and Tillis: Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the senate race and other political issues around the state.

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The State Of Things
11:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Film Noir

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Smoke-filled rooms, femmes fatales and twisting crime plots are markers of a period in cinematography known as film noir.

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The State of Things
10:41 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Learn About Fracking From Expert Panel

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  Fracking- the process of extracting natural gas from deep below the Earth’s surface- is one of the most hotly debated but least understood practices.  As the state’s politicians weigh the pros and cons of introducing fracking to the North Carolina, experts present their findings. What are the environmental, economic and political factors surrounding this controversial topic?  

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Founder of UNC Southern Oral History Program Reflects On Four Decades Of Work

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When Jacquelyn Dowd Hall started the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 40 years ago, documenting the lives of ordinary people was not part of most history departments.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Value Of Your Home Movies

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The reel of film or a stack of VHS tapes gathering dust on your shelves might seem pretty useless beyond your family.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

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The Supreme Court upheld the changes to North Carolina’s voting laws. The new measures mean today is the final day voters can register in the state. Find your voter registration information here

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