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
10:10 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Triangle's Chances For Google Fiber

Google Fiber in Kansas City, MO
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Google recently announced nine metro areas under consideration for its latest internet technology: Google Fiber.

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The State Of Things
12:47 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Political News Round Up with the Junkie

A wake county jury says United States Senate candidate Greg Brannon misled investors. How will it affect his race? And Governor McCrory’s shopping trip ends with an employee being fired. Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about these issues and other political news around the state.

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Federal Prosecutors Subpoena State Agency Employees

A federal investigation into Duke Energy’s coal ash spill expanded this week to include more employees of the state’s Department of Energy and Natural Resources. The agency’s head, Secretary John Skvarla, defended their work and their relationship with Duke Energy. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC reporter Jeff Tiberii about the legal case and on-going debate about the clean-up.

The State Of Things
5:11 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Unconventional Love In The Movies

King Kong (1933)
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Love can be strange, complicated and even downright bizarre. The portrayals of romance on the silver screen are no exception. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Host Frank Stasio talks with Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, about unconventional romance in the movies. 

Here are some of their picks and your favorites:

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Movies That Traumatized You As A Kid

Wicked Witch of the West, Wizard of Oz
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For many moviegoers, mention of the classic film The Wizard of Oz conjures up images of Dorothy and her little dog Toto skipping along the yellow brick road.  She frolicked with her newfound friends and sang happily of her travel towards the Emerald City.

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The State Of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Happy Employees Are Key to Success At SAS

SAS CEO Jim Goodnight
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One of the state’s largest and most successful tech companies is the Cary-based SAS. CEO and co-founder Jim Goodnight says the success of the global business analytics company is rooted in policies that keep employees happy. Benefits like on-site childcare, health clinics and flexible work hours keep SAS at the top of many lists of the best places to work. Host Frank Stasio talks with Goodnight about his work and his workplace philosophy

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Haiti Four Years Later: A Journalist's Perspective

Haiti earthquake devastation
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In the four years since a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, billions of dollars of aid have flowed into the country. But the stream of funding comes with its own complications. Journalist and writer Amy Wilentz has lived, worked and reported on Haiti for more than three decades.

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The State Of Things
9:24 am
Fri February 7, 2014

This Day In N.C. History With Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Helms and Hunt campaign buttons
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Political Junkie Ken Rudin reminds us of the significance of this day in North Carolina political history: February 7, 1984 was the filing deadline for the U.S. Senate seat sought by two Tar Heel State giants: Governor Jim Hunt (D) vs. Senator Jesse Helms (R), who was seeking his second term.  Helms would go on to win a narrow victory in the fall.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about that epic face-off, Clay Aiken's shift from music to politics and the effects of the farm bill on North Carolina. Today at noon on The State of Things.

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The State Of Things
11:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Local Farmers Look For Ways To Cope With Climate Change

Bus fueled by biodiesel
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As scientists continue to study the effects of global climate change, environmentalists, farmers and researchers look for new solutions to the challenges created by these shifts.

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The State Of Things
12:58 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

NCDOT Condemns Property Without Court Approval

In October 2012, the North Carolina Department of Transportation condemned a Concord property and demolished a vacant building to make way for a new parkway extension. Eleven months later, the DOT requested the court's permission. A federal judge has imposed punitive sanctions for the “blatant disregard” for the law shown by DOT attorneys.  Host Frank Stasio discusses the controversy with Bruce Siceloff, transportation reporter for the News and Observer.

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