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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2014
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This week, The State of Things staff share some of their favorite moments of 2014. Producer Laura Lee looks back at several memorable moments including the conversation with former President Jimmy Carter and the Movies on the Radio series. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Lee about her picks from 2014. 

Hear the entire audio of the highlighted segments:

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This show is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013 

  Originally a play by poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity made its contemporary debut on the big screen. The film follows a teenager who travels to Harlem to spend the holidays with his estranged relatives.  Executive producer Joy Goodwin is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Goodwin about Black Nativity

It's A Wonderful Life
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Note: This program is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013.  

From Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually to A Christmas Story, the tradition of a holiday film is as vital to some people as singing carols or decorating a tree. Host Frank Stasio talks with Marsha Gordon, professor of film studies at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

 

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With the start of the legislative session fast approaching, lawmakers begin to announce their proposals for the new year. One state representative says banning racial profiling tops the list. Political Junkie Ken Rudin gives us the latest on that and other politics around the state.

Durham Police at Jesus Huerta protest in December 2013
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Across the nation, protestors have taken to the street to call for reforms in police action. The protests come in the wake of  two grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

From the coast to the mountains, activists in North Carolina have joined the movement calling for greater police accountability.

The original poster for Dirty Dancing, which was filmed in North Carolina.
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From The Last of the Mohicans to Dirty Dancing and Days of Thunder, movies made in North Carolina have gone on to great box office success. 

As a young classical music producer in the 1980s, Michael Haas was digging through East German archives researching the works of Kurt Weill.

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  Governor Pat McCrory joined 16 other state leaders in a lawsuit against the President over his executive action on immigration. The group contents Obama overstepped his authority. Republicans in Congress have threatened to shutdown the government over the policies.

GlaxoSmithKline
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Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline eliminated 900 jobs yesterday.

Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker
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Governor Pat McCrory tearfully announced the departure of the state’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker. She will step down at the end of the month and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla will move to the commerce department. Also, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules for clinics in the state that perform abortions. A spokesperson for the department says the rules would likely permit the 14 currently operating clinics to remain open.

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