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
11:45 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The State Of Teaching In North Carolina

Wake County school bus
Credit Dave DeWitt

Sweeping reforms in education laws this year angered many teachers.

Hundreds protested the lack of a pay increase, the elimination of tenure and the end of the master’s degree supplement. For the more than 95,000 teachers across the state, the day-to-day challenges in the classroom continue.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Dave DeWitt, WUNC’s Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education reporter, about his latest series on the profession.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

American Legion Commander Shatters Barriers

Commander Patricia Harris
Credit Courtesy NClegion.com

When Patricia Harris became leader of the North Carolina Department of the American Legion, she was the first African-American and the first female to take the post. 

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Military
12:03 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Veterans Find Employment In Business Ownership

Credit Fayetteville Tech Community College

    

One of the most pressing concerns for armed services members returning home is employment.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

June Atkinson On The Fight To Save NC Schools

Teachers demonstrate Monday morning outside Riverside High School in Durham
Credit Dave DeWitt

    

This week, North Carolina teachers protested funding shortages in the education system by staging walk-ins across the state.

Many were upset by budget cuts that affect instruction for the state’s more than 1.5 million students. Host Frank Stasio talks to North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson about the plight facing the state’s K-12 education system.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Lawyer and Organizer Reflects On 50 Years Of Civil Rights Action

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Al McSurely has spent more than five decades fighting racism, poverty and discrimination.

In the 1960s, he was arrested for sedition in Kentucky and then for Contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents to the McClellan Committee. His experience in the legal system led him to start law school at the age of 48. McSurely worked for many civil rights clients, including a landmark case on behalf of UNC housekeepers.
 

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Inviting Strangers To Live With You

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For most people, the home is a private sanctuary. But for Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and his family, inviting strangers to live in their house is just a way of life.

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Teachers Leading Without Leaving Classroom

Credit Center for Teaching Quality

Teachers who excel in instruction are often encouraged to pursue administration. But what if teachers could take on leadership roles and influence policy without giving up their job in the classroom?

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The State Of Things
11:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Return To Gap Creek

Credit The Road From Gap Creek

More than 12 years ago, Robert Morgan’s “Gap Creek” (A Shannon Ravenel Book/2013) catapulted to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. Oprah selected it for her book club. Fans loved the characters and their struggles in Appalachia. Robert Morgan promised a sequel and more than a decade later, he brings readers back to Gap Creek in his latest book, “The Road From Gap Creek” (A Shannon Ravenel Book/2013) .

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Political Fallout From Shutdown

Tea Party Protest in DC
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Congress finally ended the government shutdown this week and voted to raise the debt ceiling. The battle may be over for the moment, but the political differences continue. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rob Christensen, chief political writer for the News and Observer; and Michael Bitzer, politics and history professor and acting provost at Catawba College.

The State Of Things
12:16 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Rocking Out At Recess

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
Credit Justin Roberts

The New York Times calls him, “the Judy Blume of kiddie rock,” and USA Today says he is “hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” Grammy-nominated children’s musician Justin Roberts writes not only for young audiences but for parents and grandparents as well. He and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will play at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Host Frank Stasio talks with Roberts about his music.

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