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.

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The 'Silent Sam' memorial on UNC's Chapel Hill campus is fenced off on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in advance of a planned rally at the site.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

North Carolina's flagship university has put metal barriers around a Confederate statue ahead of an expected rally on campus.

Protesters hold a sign at an anti-KKK rally in downtown Durham on Friday, August 18, 2017.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Updated 5:13 p.m., August 18, 2017

Several thousand people marched in downtown Durham in a demonstration against racism on Friday afternoon.

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In the 19th century, the weak beer and cider that many Americans were drinking at every meal began to be replaced by distilled liquor: rums and whiskeys with a much higher alcohol content. This created a lot of problems, especially for women. Men began spending a lot of time and money in bars. Many weren't helping out at home, or even buying food. Women all over the country advocated for temperance, but the face of prohibition was a woman named Carrie Nation. Her story is the subject of this week's episode of the Criminal podcast.

A statue on the portal of Duke Chapel bearing the likeness of Confederate General Robert E. Lee has been vandalized.
William Snead / Duke University

Protesters on Thursday marched on the Durham County courthouse in support of the demonstration that brought down a Confederate statue, while a monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee was vandalized nearby at Duke University.

Naloxone kit
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Raleigh Police officers will now carry a drug called Naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses.

Confederate Monuments, Charlottesville, Durham County Monument
Courtesy of Barry Yeoman

In comments posted online Tuesday night, Governor Roy Cooper called for the removal of all Confederate monuments from state property.

Photo of a ball and chain with "student loans" written on it
thisisbossi / Flickr

A breakdown of education statistics shows racial disparities in student loan debt.

The left-leaning North Carolina Justice Center compiled the report from federal education data, as well as studies from the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute. 

It says black students are more likely to have student debt, and more likely to have higher balances when they graduate. 

NC Justice Center policy advocate Marion Johnson says financial support for assistance like need-based scholarships is not keeping up with demand.

Partial solar eclipse
T. Ruen / NASA Goddard via Twitter

Small towns in western North Carolina are preparing for an influx of thousands of tourists for next week's eclipse. 

Communities like Franklin, Sylva and Cashiers could get a record number of visitors when the eclipse happens next Monday.  Highlands, N.C. mayor Patrick Taylor's town is in the path of the total eclipse. He said authorities are expecting nearby Highway 441 to be jammed all day.

Profile photo of Wendell Tabb outside WUNC Durham studios.
Courtesy Wendell Tabb

A drama teacher has sued his North Carolina public school district for racial discrimination in staffing and unfair compensation.

DPAC, Durham, Broadway, Durham Revitalization
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The Durham Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2008, is in the midst of a renovation project to upgrade its facilities. 

Crews continued to work on the Bonner Bridge project.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Local governments on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands say they want to come to an agreement on reimbursements for a recent power outage without going to court.  

Governor Roy Cooper's administration is proposing an overhauled Medicaid program that would combine behavioral health and primary health care.  

A drawing of Effigy Mounds.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

National Parks and Monuments are often considered wholesome environments: peaceful places that preserve nature and history. However, this week's Criminal podcast tells how the remains of 41 American Indians disappeared from the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.

Prison Bars
Michael Coghlan / Flickr Creative Commons

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has implemented a new disciplinary policy that limits the time an inmate can spend in solitary confinement. 

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

Governor Roy Cooper has announced his opposition to offshore drilling as the Trump Administration takes steps to reopen oil exploration in the Atlantic. 

traffic on Interstate 40 in Durham
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will add one lane in each direction to two sections of freeway in Raleigh.

Homes along Highway 401 in Bunnlevel were threatened as the nearby Upper Little River overflowed its banks on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
Jess Clark / WUNC

Congress is debating a bill that would overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program. The move could significantly raise rates for homeowners in North Carolina's highest-risk areas.

Two views of a military device that washed up on a new island that recently formed near Buxton, N.C.
Courtesy of Dare County Emergency Management

Updated Friday, July 14, 5:09 p.m.

Shelly Island is reopening to the public after authorities removed an item they suspected was an unexploded military device.

In this photo provided by Jimmy Taylor, smoke and flames rise into the air after a military transport airplane crashed in a field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Monday, July 10, 2017, killing several.
Jimmy Taylor via AP

The military has identified the seven service members based at Camp Lejeune who died in a plane crash in Mississippi. 

Thom Tillis speaking
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North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis says the federal government should overhaul regulations on seasonal worker visas or risk businesses shutting down. 

a woman and child walking at the Duke University campus.
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Non-tenure faculty at Duke University say they have tentatively agreed to a union contract. The deal would give 14 percent raises to instructors who teach on a course-by-course basis, and 12 percent to faculty on salaries. 

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Forecasters are warning of extremely high temperatures for the rest of the week. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for a large swath of central North Carolina until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A hospital that serves rural Rockingham County has filed for bankruptcy. Leaders at Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden say competition with larger hospitals has led to a decline in the number of patients it treats. 

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

A domestic violence bill named for a woman who was shot and killed by her boyfriend is now law. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the measure known as Britny's Law on Tuesday.

Drone in flight
Don McCullough / Flickr Creative Commons

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a reminder to drone operators to fly them safely and follow state regulations as more of them take flight. 

A bill seeks to protect air space for military exercises by prohibiting wind farms.
Paulo Valdivieso / Flickr Creative Commons

At least two wind farm developers say they will likely suspend their projects in North Carolina if a proposed moratorium goes into effect. 

foster care children
Credit U.S. Navy / Wikimedia Commons

More than 11,000 children in North Carolina are now in foster homes. The Children's Home Society of North Carolina says the number has been steadily rising since 2012, and is at its highest rate in the last 10 years. 

Durham wants drivers to slow down in school zones.
Flickr

Durham wants to try using enforcement cameras to prevent drivers from speeding in school zones. 

A committee in the state Senate approved a bill that would establish a speed camera pilot program.

Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht
Matt Couch / WUNC

The mayors of North Carolina's largest cities have signed a letter that opposes President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

But some mayors have stayed out of the conversation.

Overhead view of Hurricane Matthew
NASA / Flickr

Gov. Roy Cooper made another visit to Kinston as it continues to recover from Hurricane Matthew. 

The city was one of the hardest hit from the storm's record floods in October.

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