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
12:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Appeals Court Hears Voting Laws Challenge

Voting sign
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In just more than month, North Carolina voters will head to the polls. But the regulations around the voting processes remain in limbo. The North Carolina legislature passed laws to change the system, including the elimination of same-day registration. But the federal government and advocacy groups have challenged those regulations for this upcoming election. An appellate court heard the arguments yesterday. Host Frank Stasio talks with WFAE reporter Michael Tomsic about the proceedings.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Musicals

Meet Me In St. Louis
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Since the transition from silent films in the 1920s, the musical has been a staple of the movie industry. Some of the cinema’s biggest hits include song and dance.  From Singing in the Rain to Grease, host Frank Stasio looks at musicals at the movies with North Carolina University film professor Marsha Gordon and North Carolina Museum of Art film curator Laura Boyes.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Livestream From The Museum of Natural Sciences

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

BugFest: A Celebration of Arthropods

Florida predatory stink bug nymph
Credit Matt Bertone, 2014

  

Stink bugs, moths, fireflies, and caterpillars are just a few of the creepy crawlers featured at Bugfest, a showcase of more than 100 exhibits about an array of arthropods at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

At 80, Bluegrass And Folk Pioneer Alice Gerrard Releases New Album

Alice Gerrard
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When Alice Gerrard was a child, music was just a fun social activity with her family. Little did she know that she would become one of the female pioneers of bluegrass and folk music. Her collaboration with Hazel Dickens in the 1960s produced anthems for the women’s rights and labor movements.   

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Political Junkie Ken Rudin
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  Governor Pat McCrory says there are big problems with legislature’s approach to Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup.  He will not sign the measures they passed, but he will let them become law. He is expected to challenge them later. Plus democratic Senator Kay Hagan says she will not participate in the Time Warner Cable debate with her challenger, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. Organizers say the debate will proceed without her. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about coal ash, the debates and other political news around the state.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

DHHS No-Bid Contract Questioned

Aldona Wos, Secretary of North Carolina Department Health and Human Services
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In hearings yesterday, state lawmakers questioned the Department of Health and Human Services' hiring of an outside contracting firm without a bid process.

The agency claims the emergency situation with the state’s Medicaid system justified the no-bid $6.8 million contract with Alvarez and Marsal, a  global turnaround management firm. Host Frank Stasio talks with WRAL’s Capitol bureau chief Laura Leslie about the contract and the current state of the Medicaid system.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

A House Divided: Brothers With Opposing Politics

Woodhouse Divided
Credit Bryan Miller

 The nation’s gap between conservatives and liberals is ever widening and this division is personal for one set of North Carolina brothers. 

Brad Woodhouse led communications for the Democratic party. Dallas Woodhouse ran the state’s chapter of the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity.

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The State Of Things
5:09 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Musicals On The Big Screen: What Is Your Favorite? Least Favorite?

I Feel Pretty from West Side Story
Credit Wikipedia

  Singing in the Rain. West Side Story. Grease. These wildly popular musicals became big hits on the silver screen as well. 

Later this month, North Carolina State film professor Marsha Gordon and North Carolina Museum of Art film curator Laura Boyes will talk with host Frank Stasio about musicals in the cinema on The State of Things. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

American Tobacco Turns 10

Items from the old American Tobacco Campus.
WUNC - Hady Mawajdeh

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the American Tobacco Historic Campus revitalization in downtown Durham. The businesses and retail stores occupy a space that was once the epicenter of the tobacco industry. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with former American Tobacco employee Richard Clements about the rise, fall and rebirth of the area.

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