Will Michaels

Daily News Producer

Will Michaels started his professional radio career at WUNC.

He was first an intern while studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a part of his internship, he worked for a semester on the daily national show, The Story with Dick Gordon. Will concentrated on radio while at college, studying under veteran NPR reporter Adam Hochberg. He began as a reporter for Carolina Connection, UNC's radio news magazine, and then became an anchor and managing editor for the program in 2009, when it was named the best college radio news program in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Will came back to WUNC after graduation in 2010 as the producer for the local broadcast of Morning Edition, rising before the sun to help host Eric Hodge gather and present the news. In 2014, he produced WUNC's My Teacher series, part of the North Carolina Teacher Project. He joined the team for The State of Things later that year.

In 2016, Will became WUNC's first Daily News Producer, creating content for WUNC newscasts and periodically filling in as host for Morning Edition or All Things Considered.

Outside of radio, Will holds a seat on the board of the North Carolina Governor's School Alumni Association. He attended Governor's School in 2005 for drama, and still considers himself a theatre geek at heart.

Ways to Connect

Broadband internet, computers,

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is pushing state lawmakers to help expand high-speed Internet access, particularly in rural areas. 

Amazon announced Raleigh is on the list of 20 possible contenders for its HQ2.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

As Raleigh tries to appeal to Amazon for its new headquarters, an LGBTQ rights group is pushing the company to look elsewhere.

File photo of a Chapel Hill municipal truck spraying ant-icing on the streets in anticipation of an expected January 2018 hard freeze. Forecasters are calling for more winter weather across the state this evening.
Jay Price / WUNC

Updated 2:50 p.m., March 12 

Spring is little more than a week away but most of North Carolina is getting another blast of snow and sleet before winter ends.

A drawing of Willie Bosket
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

For decades, children and teenagers were tried as juveniles in the United States no matter the severity of their crime. That changed 30 years ago because of one person.

This week's episode of Criminal explores the story of that person. His name was Willie Bosket, and he became known as the most dangerous inmate in New York history. 

WUNC File Photo

High school students across the state have been staging or planning walkouts to protest gun violence after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., but some worry that colleges and universities will not admit them if they are suspended for doing so.

A map of Duke Energy's 14 coal ash sites and their operational status in 14 energy plants across the state.
Duke Energy

The North Carolina Utilities Commission will begin hearings on a rate hike request for one subsidiary of Duke Energy after recently approving a 6 percent increase for another.

A picture of segments of pipeline.
Harald Hoyer / Creative Commons

Crews have started cutting down trees to make way for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

FILE - In a Tuesday June 6, 2017 file photo, hydrologist William K. Jones, walks up a mountain near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Va.
Steve Helber, File / AP

The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued a major permit two energy companies need to build the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Photo: Desks and book bags in a classroom
Thomas Favre Bulle via Flickr

A state audit found North Carolina's community colleges routinely allowed employees to take extra paid holidays.

an offshore drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico
Robert Seale, Maersk Drilling / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/mU1Qdz

Gov. Roy Cooper has vowed to take legal action if the Trump Administration does not exempt North Carolina from offshore oil and gas exploration.

Brandon Lemasters, standing, helps a friend change a tire on his SUV on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Winston-Salem, after the vehicle slid through a curve on a ice-covered street the day before and hit a curb.
Skip Foreman / AP

Updated 5:45 p.m. | Jan. 18, 2018

Southerners shoveled, scraped and plowed their way Thursday out of a snowy deep freeze that caused a standstill across much of a region accustomed to mild winters.

Fingers on a keyboard, computer,
Wikimedia Commons

A Republican state lawmaker is teaming up with North Carolina's Democratic Attorney General to work on legislation to prevent data breaches.

FILE - In a Tuesday June 6, 2017 file photo, hydrologist William K. Jones, walks up a mountain near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Va. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its final environmental impact statement.
Steve Helber, File / AP

Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have filed court documents to acquire land via eminent domain for construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 

Duke Energy provides electricity for most of North Carolina since the 2012 merger.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy says 374,000 customers may have had their personal information exposed.

Lottery tickets at the Carrboro Food Mart.
Laura Candler

Update: On Dec. 5, 2017, commissioners with the North Carolina Education Lottery put off discussion on whether to add games that consumers can play instantly online. A lottery committee will continue studying the games before the commission makes a decision.

The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission is considering whether to create scratch-off style games that consumers can play online.

Duke Energy's coal-burning plant and the adjacent coal ash ponds by the Dan River.
Riverkeeper Foundation

Hearings continue this week in Duke Energy's request for a rate hike, and among the costs that the utility is trying to recover is nearly $2 million for bottled water it provides to homeowners near coal ash pits. 

Deaths from drug overdose have surpassed homicides in North Carolina.

Fayetteville is part of a nationwide project that is trying to compile information about the opioid crisis. 

The non-profit New America is working with about a dozen cities to create maps on opioid overdoses and how to prevent them.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Voters everywhere from small towns to major cities across North Carolina will select their mayors, city council members, and other local positions on Election Day Tuesday.

rumolay / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/aDRzTA

The state Department of Health and Human Services is working with nonprofit organizations to expand adoption services for older children. 

Mark Dorosin, managing attorney at the UNC Center for Civil Rights
Gerry Broome / AP

Two attorneys at the UNC Center for Civil Rights say they plan to carry on the center's mission despite losing their positions. 

Great Dismal Swamp
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to reverse more than two centuries of damage to sensitive peat soil in the Great Dismal Swamp.

Downtown Raleigh
Mark Turner / Wikipedia

North Carolina should be ready for more urbanization and a middle class that keeps shrinking in the coming decades.

Constance 'Connie" Ledoux Book has been introduced as Elon University's ninth president
Elon University

Elon University's Board of Trustees has chosen Constance "Connie" Ledoux Book as the school's next president.

flooding in Raleigh
Gerry Broome / AP

A year ago, Hurricane Matthew dumped a dozen or more inches of rain on central and eastern North Carolina. Record flooding in the days following the storm devastated communities downstream.

A logo of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Elevatorrailfan / Wikimedia Commons

A bill that would give full federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has gotten a hearing in Congress. 

festivalgoers at World of Bluegrass StreetFest
Evan Millican / WUNC

An annual conference and bluegrass music festival is underway in Raleigh. This is Raleigh's fifth year hosting the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass. 

File photo of a lone car waiting to be loaded on a ferry to Ocracoke Island in Hatteras, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. An evacuation is underway on Ocracoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria moves north.
Ben Finley / AP

Updated 2:25 p.m., Sept. 26

Storm surge from Hurricane Maria is flooding some parts of the Outer Banks. Forecasters are watching waters rise in the southern Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks as the storm's outer bands sweep across the North Carolina coast. 

Thom Tillis speaking

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis is proposing an immigration policy that would give many DACA recipients a path to citizenship.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore


Two devices that appear to be World War II-era training ordnance have washed up on separate parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks.

An American flag is torn as Hurricane Irma passes through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
David Goldman / AP

Updated 12:07 p.m., September 11, 2017

Weakening Tropical Storm Irma will bump into a high pressure system in North Carolina later Monday, bringing some stormy weather to the Triangle. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Gail Hartfield says heavy flooding is not likely.