Phoebe Judge

Host / Reporter

Phoebe Judge is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured on a numerous national radio programs. She regularly conducts interviews and anchors WUNC's broadcast of Here & Now. Previously, Phoebe served as producer, reporter and guest host for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. Earlier in her career, Phoebe reported from the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe's work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Phoebe was born and raised in Chicago and is graduate of Bennington College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Journey Down NC's Wild Cape Fear River

Early morning anglers heading downstream from Avent's Ferry on the Cape Fear River, near Corinth, North Carolina.
Credit Donald Lee Pardue / Flickr/Creative Commons

There are 17 major rivers in North Carolina, but Philip Gerard puts the Cape Fear River at number one.

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Arts & Culture
12:01 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

WATCH: 10-Time Grammy Winner Bobby Hicks Performs In-Studio

Bobby Hicks, 2014 NC Heritage Award Recipient
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

Bobby Hicks had no intention of playing fiddle as a kid. He was playing mandolin in a band with his brothers when one of them asked for some help.

"My brother had a friend he wanted in the band, but he couldn't play anything," said Hicks. "So he talked me into teaching him to play the mandolin, and then they fired me."

It was to all our benefit.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Noah Stewart Brings His Tenor Talent to the Triangle

Noah Stewart is not your average opera singer–he’s young, he’s black, he’s openly gay . But he’s exactly the person to update opera for the 21st century.

As an African American kid growing up in Harlem, opera was not an obvious career choice. Raised by a single mom, Stewart was encouraged to get involved in any and all after-school activities, so in junior high, Stewart joined the school choir. From there, he fell in love with opera and went on to study at The Julliard School of Music on a scholarship.

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Law
1:43 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Bucking N.C. Law: Official Plans To Sign Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Mark Chilton, Orange County Register of Deeds, Elect
Credit Chilton for Register of Deeds / Facebook

Orange County Register of Deeds is not typically a politically volatile position. But Mark Chilton made national headlines when he won the race to become the next register on Tuesday. That's because a primary focus of Chilton's campaign was that he would effectively break state laws banning gay marriage by signing marriage licenses presented by same-sex couples.

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Law
5:59 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

NC Supreme Court To Consider Mandatory Life Sentences For Juveniles

Credit North Carolina Department of Public Safety

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Supreme Court will consider whether or not to allow parole for criminals charged with life sentences as juveniles before 2012.

The case is a response to the 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. It held that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles were unconstitutional. The hearing in North Carolina is to determine whether or not to apply that decision retroactively.

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Arts & Culture
5:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

The Big Walk: The Story Of The First Woman To Hike The Appalachian Trail

 In 1955, 67-year-old Emma Gatewood became the first woman to walk the entirety of the more than 2000 mile Appalachian Trail.  She made the trek from Georgia to Maine, crossing over 300 mountains, alone, with $200 dollars in her pocket.   Tampa Bay Times reporter Ben Montgomery grew up hearing stories about Emma Gatewood, who was his mother’s great aunt. “Bedtime stories," Montgomery said.

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Arts & Culture
9:54 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Poets Of North Carolina: A Healer, A Student, A Teacher, A Transplant

Jacinta White, poet, and coordinator of The Word Project.
Credit PoetryHeals.com

For National Poetry Month, we talked with four different North Carolina poets about their work and their relationship with the art form.

Name: Jacinta White

Location: Kernersville, NC

Organization: The Word Project, using poetry workshops to help with personal and community healing.

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Life Looking Like Obama -- In 'Full Frame'

Luis Ortiz stars in the documentary 'Bronx Obama'

  The documentary Bronx Obama follows the story of Luis Ortiz, an unemployed man living in the Bronx who one day in 2008 is told he looks an awful lot like a guy named Barack Obama from Chicago who is running for President—and that changes everything. 

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Supreme Price: A Return To Nigeria -- Shown In Full Frame

Hafsat Abiola is the subject of the new documentary film 'The Supreme Price'

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has begun in Durham.  One of the films making its world premiere is The Supreme Price, which follows the return of Hafsat Abiola back to her home country of Nigeria.   Hafsat Abiola is the daughter of the former president of Nigeria, M.K.O Abiola and Kudirat Abiola,  who spoke out boldly against political corruption in that country in the 1990’s and ultimately lost her life because of it.

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Arts & Culture
2:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

A Return To The Scene Of The Crime

Darius Monroe directs the new documentary 'Evolution of a Criminal'

  Darius Monroe was 17 years old living in Texas when he committed a crime that would shape the course of his life.  He and two friends robbed a bank in their hometown making off with tens of thousands of dollars.  He was caught and spent 5 years in prison. A decade later, he returned home to try to figure out what impact his crime had on his family and the others who were in the bank that day.                     

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