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
12:32 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

North Carolina's HIP Festival Makes The Old New

HIP festival
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The Mallarmé Chamber Players are bringing the North Carolina Historically Informed Performance, or HIP music festival to the Triangle this winter. The festival seeks to expose North Carolinians to the wealth of classical music created right in their backyard. Suzanne Rousso, artistic director; Stephen Jaffe, composer; Stephanie Vial, cellist; Andy Bonner, violinist; Joey McDonnell, violist speak with Host Frank Stasio about the HIP festival and classical music in the Triangle.

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

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The field of contenders for the senate seat held by democrat Kay Hagan continues to grow. North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis leads the GOP primary competitors according to a new poll. And American Idol Clay Aiken considers a congressional bid against 2nd district incumbent Renee Ellmers. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest campaign news and the upcoming State of the Union address.

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The State of Things
12:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Tell Us: What Is Your Favorite Courtroom Movie Scene?

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"You can't handle the truth!" For many moviegoers, Jack Nicholson's famous line in A Few Good Men is one of the most memorable courtroom scenes ever. But what other legal dramas from the silver screen stick in viewers minds? And why? 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Ditching Tater Tots For Kale: The 'Cafeteria Man' Transforms School Menus

Tony Geraci
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Tony Geraci is best known as "Cafeteria Man." He is on a mission to transform menus at school cafeterias and give students healthier options. He launched a farm-to-school program in Contoocook N.H. Then he went on to make changes in larger school systems in Baltimore and Memphis.

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The State Of Things
10:52 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On The Future Of Blue Dog Democrats

Representative Mike McIntyre announced that he will not seek another term. The blue dog democrat likely faced a difficult battle to retain his seat in the state's 7th district which was redrawn by Republican legislators in 2011. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the future for conservative democrats and other political topics in the state. 

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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Movies On The Radio: What Is Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

It's a Wonderful Life
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The State Of Things
5:00 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Five Things To Know About NC Tax Law Changes In New Year

Revisions to the state's tax code mean filers in 2014 could see changes to their exemptions, deductions and overall tax payments. Here are five key facts about the changes:

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan budget deal this week. The measure prevents another immediate government shutdown but the fight on Capitol Hill over spending and taxation is far from over.

And a tweet by North Carolina Republican Bob Rucho sparks national controversy. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest developments in politics, nationally and in North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
2:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Music Fridays: The Erin Nenni Band

Erin Nenni Band CD
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Singer-songwriter Erin Nenni and guitarist Scotty Miller performed as an acoustic duo until late last year when they decided to form the Erin Nenni Band. They play tomorrow night at The Pour House in Raleigh, but first they talk with host Frank Stasio and perform live in studio.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue December 10, 2013

DOT Secretary And SELC Director Debate Bonner Bridge

SELC's Derb Carter (left) and NC DOT's Tony Tata in the WUNC Durham Studios for The State of Things. Engineer Robin Copley adjusts the microphones.
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Derb Carter, director of the Chapel Hill office of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Tony Tata, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation discuss the Bonner Bridge controversy

The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the Bonner Bridge last week, leaving Hatteras residents with few options for transportation to and from the mainland. In the wake of the closing, politicians have accused environmentalists of delaying construction of a replacement bridge. Activists say the blame is misplaced and the Department’s delays are at fault. 

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