Will Michaels

News Producer

Will Michaels is a fan of news, sound and story. He started as an intern at WUNC when he was a student at the University of North Carolina. 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 anchored the student news reports, and then came full-time to WUNC. He was the Morning Edition producer for a couple of years for the station, rising before the sun to help morning host Eric Hodge gather and present the news. He is now working on WUNC's North Carolina Teacher Project.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina

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When children are living in poverty, it can have long-term consequences for their health, education and their own economic status. 

But in many cases, their families don’t have access to social services, or know where to get help. 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

NC Songwriters Play In The Round

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After years of national success, Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Justin Robinson, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, are taking a step back and looking for new ways to explore the folk music both have loved for years. 

The two North Carolina musicians are sharing the spotlight as solo artists in Songwriters in the Round at the Carrboro Arts Center next Thursday at 8 p.m.

They will be joined by two more local musicians on stage as they trade songs back and forth and play off of one another. 

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UNC Scientists Help Identify Genetic Markers For Schizophrenia

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Scientists have been working for decades to understand the underlying causes of schizophrenia, one of the most common and most debilitating mental disorders. 

This week, more than 300 researchers from around the world, including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, published a study that identifies more than 100 genetic markers tied to a risk for schizophrenia. 

The research is a move towards finding new ways to fight a disorder that has no clear treatment.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interpreting The Affordable Care Act

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Two different interpretations of the Affordable Care Act have raised questions about whether some states can give out subsidies to help people pay for health insurance. 

The D.C. Circuit Court ruled yesterday that subsidies are illegal in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. North Carolina is one of those states. 

Then, hours later, the 4th Circuit Court said they are legal.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Duke University law professor Neil Siegel about what the rulings mean for North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The State Of Iraq

Soldiers stationed in Safwan, Iraq
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Islamic militants are slowly gaining more control of Iraq. 

The group known as the Islamic State is asserting its will in the northern part of the country. It has made Mosul its de facto capital, and has driven thousands of Christians out of the city.

But the battle is not just sectarian, it is political.

The U.S. has been unsuccessful in its push for the Shiite majority to be more inclusive toward Sunnis and Kurds, and some say a one-state solution cannot work.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Lawmakers Move Toward Compromises For Medicaid And Teacher Pay

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Despite sluggish negotiations over the past two weeks, state lawmakers are taking small steps toward a budget deal. 

The House and Senate are working on compromises for teacher raises and Medicaid spending. They are also considering ways to reform the Medicaid system, including treatment from managed care organizations. 

Meanwhile, lawmakers passed a bill to review and possibly replace Common Core standards.

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Los Jets: A Small Town Soccer Team With Something To Prove

Paul Cuadros (pictured third from the left) and his team, Los Jets
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  UNC journalism professor Paul Cuadros came to North Carolina 15 years ago to write about Latino migration.

A few years into his research, he launched Los Jets, the varsity soccer team at Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City. It was wildly successful, but some of his players face an uncertain future when they leave the pitch. They are all sons of Latino immigrants, some of whom came to this country illegally.

Cuadros wrote a book about his team in 2006, called “Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of a Small Town.”

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Tue July 15, 2014

End In Sight For Triad's Contentious GOP Runoff

Greensboro, NC
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Voters in the Triad will decide today between Republicans Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker in a primary runoff election. 

The race has divided local Republicans over who is the more approachable candidate rather than establishment and Tea Party agendas. The winner of the GOP primary will face Democratic candidate Laura Fjeld in the general election. 

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Tue July 15, 2014

A New Kind Of Leader For Guilford College

Guilford College president Jane Fernandes
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Guilford College made history when its administration chose Jane Fernandes as their new president. 

Fernandes is the college's first female leader, and one of the first deaf presidents of an American college or university. 

She most recently served as provost at UNC-Asheville for three years, but has had a long career in education. She has been an administrator or faculty member at four other universities, from Honolulu to Boston.

Along the way, she has pushed for better collaboration between the deaf and the hearing communities.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Appalachian Music With A Story Of Redemption

Andrew Eversole

    

Greensboro musician Andrew Eversole has played with the likes of bluegrass performer Laurelyn Dossett on the way to creating his second album. 

The Cumberland Ghost  is a narrative collection that tells the story of several people connected by their origins in the Appalachian Mountains.

Andrew will play during his album release party Friday night at 8:30 at Blind Tiger in Greensboro.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Andrew Eversole about the story of The Cumberland Ghost.

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