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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Hurricane Arthur
7:31 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Arthur Leaves Flooding, Power Outages Along Outer Banks

Credit National Weather Service / NOAA

Update: Highway 12 Could Reopen Saturday

Governor Pat McCrory says the North Carolina coast took less damage than expected from Hurricane Arthur.  

The storm moved north between the Outer Banks and the mainland as a Category 2 hurricane.  Emergency management officials are reporting downed trees and widespread power outages in their damage assessments this morning, but no injuries have been reported.  

The governor encouraged vacationers who might have canceled trips to the coast to renew their plans.

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The State of Things
12:55 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Education And Medicaid Spending Still At Issue In Budget Negotiations

Credit NC General Assembly

  

It’s a new fiscal year as of Tuesday, but the legislature has yet to reach an agreement on budget adjustments. 

The House and Senate are still at odds over how to spend money on education and Medicaid. 

Lawmakers are also trying to sort out a coal ash regulation bill, public records rules for charter schools, and higher penalties for prison inmates who get a hold of cell phones.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Department Documents Show Threats From Blackwater During Investigation

Blackwater helicopters in Iraq
Credit Heath Powell / Flickr Creative Commons

    

During the early years of the Iraq War, the North Carolina security firm Blackwater received billions of dollars from government contracts with the State Department and the CIA. 

But the business began to suffer in 2007 when Blackwater contractors opened fire in a public square in Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqi civilians. The incident severely damaged American relations with Iraq. Today, four Blackwater guards are on trial. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Meet Randall Williams

Randall Williams
Credit Randall Williams

  

North Carolina native Randall Williams says he knew he was going to be a doctor when he was four years old.

Unlike many who think they know their career path, Williams never changed his mind. He started working in the emergency room of his hometown hospital in Burlington as a teenager. He served as everything from a candy striper to an orderly before going to medical school.

He is now a Raleigh physician who has taken 11 trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Palestine for medical missions. He ran for mayor of Raleigh in the latest election.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Mapping Inequality: How Redlining Is Still Affecting Inner Cities

The original Home Owners' Loan Corporation map of Durham, dated July 23, 1937. Red areas were largely African-American communities, and considered to be too risky for new home loans.
National Archives

After the stock market crash of 1929, Americans across the country were in danger of losing their houses to foreclosure. 

The federal government stepped in, providing bonds for homeowners to refinance their mortgages as part of the New Deal. But in larger cities, the government drew boundaries between neighborhoods that were eligible and ineligible for new loans. 

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Sports
12:53 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Carolina Hurricanes Introduce Bill Peters As New Head Coach

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The Carolina Hurricanes hope their new coach will take them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. 

General manager Ron Francis formally introduced Bill Peters as the next head coach today.  Peters has been an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings for the last three seasons and has experience as a minor league head coach.

This is the first big hiring decision from Francis, who took over in April.  He says Peters is a good fit for a Hurricanes team that is still developing into a competitor for the playoffs.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Senate Files Coal Ash Regulation Bill

Coal ash pond
Credit Waterkeeper Alliance

  

The state Senate is pushing a proposal that would close all of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds in North Carolina. 

The plan lays out a timeline for Duke Energy to close the ponds, adds more oversight positions, and puts some restrictions on rate increases. 

It is part of an ongoing discussion about new regulations for utilities that use the ponds since 39,000 tons of ash spilled into the Dan River earlier this year.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capital reporter Jorge Valencia about the latest coal ash legislation.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The U.S. Open Returns To Pinehurst

The Seventh Hole of Pinehurst No. 2 as seen in Pinehurst, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The reintroduction of "natural areas" hearkens back to the course's origins, but is less aesthetically pleasing to many.
Credit John Mummert / USGA

Host Frank Stasio talks with United States Golf Association senior historian Michael Trostel about the 114th U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open is back in Pinehurst, North Carolina for the third time in the last 15 years.

The first round of the tournament does not start until tomorrow, but the event has already set a few records.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Pittsboro Approves Chatham Park Expansion

An artist's rendering of North Village, one of several small hubs planned for Chatham Park
Sasaki Associates

Host Frank Stasio talks with Pittsboro mayor Bill Terry about Chatham Park.

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners has approved a massive development plan that is expected to send the population soaring from 4,000 to nearly 70,000 over the next three decades.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The Bucket Brothers' Young Talent

10-year-old Casey Valleroy, host Frank Stasio, and 14-year-old Logan Valleroy
Credit Carol Jackson / WUNC

  

Logan and Casey Valleroy have years of experience playing nine different instruments.

The years of musical experience are impressive since they have a combined total of 24 years of life.

The duo known as The Bucket Brothers has released three albums, played live with members of big-name local bands like The Old Ceremony and the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and they haven’t even entered high school yet.

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