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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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.

Low-income working families with children
Annie E. Casey Foundation / Jason deBruyn

An annual report on the well-being of children in North Carolina shows mixed results. 

The data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates the state ranks 33rd in the country in economic, social and health indicators for children.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Sarah Hamilton / Flickr

Elizabeth City is taking a hit to its tourism economy as crews continue to clean up a popular boating route that's been closed since Hurricane Matthew hit in October.

Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood
Orange County Sheriff's Office

The Orange County Sheriff's Office wants information on residents with mental illnesses in the hopes of avoiding negative interactions with law enforcement. 

The office released forms that caregivers can fill out voluntarily. Deputies can access the information on a closed database if they encounter someone who they believe might have a mental illness or cognitive disability.

The sheriff's planning coordinator Merrily Cheek said it includes guidance that can de-escalate tense situations.

One of Progress Energy's solar energy farms.
Duke Energy / Progress Energy

State lawmakers are quickly advancing a bill that would overhaul North Carolina's regulations on solar energy production. 

a man fly fishing
Benjamin 1970 via Flickr / https://flic.kr/p/6Q9NuD

Three Republicans in the state Senate have filed a bill that calls for a constitutional amendment to protect hunting and fishing rights. 

A screengrab of a footprint taken to monitor endangered species.
Courtesy of ConservationFIT

Conservation scientists at Duke University are using images from smartphones and drones to study the population and behavior of endangered species.

NOAA's Hurricane forecast for the 2017 season.
Courtesy of NOAA

National weather forecasters are calling for an above-average hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today there's a 45 percent chance there will be above-normal storm activity in the Atlantic this year.

A rendering of the 22-story FNB Tower that will break ground in downtown Raleigh later this year.
Courtesy of FNB Corporation

First National Bank has announced plans to build a 22-story building in downtown Raleigh. The building will include residential and commercial space, and will be on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh's City Plaza. 

2010 tornado in Iredell County, NC
England / Flickr

Officials in Bertie County are keeping a close eye on this week's rain as the county continues to recover from recent storms.

A beach near Wilmington, NC.
libby via flickr, Creative Commons

North Carolina's inland cities could have an unforeseen influx of residents from the coast due to sea level rise. 

Inside Raleigh-Durham International Airport, RDU
RDU

The state Senate's proposed budget includes more than $60 million for projects at Raleigh-Durham and Piedmont-Triad International Airports.

Textbook warehouse.
Flickr

Public schools in Wake County will move away from traditional textbooks in favor of online learning materials.

Walter Jones, who represents North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, was the only Republican in this state to vote against a bill that will repeal portions of Obamacare.

"Most of the reason is that we don’t have an updated Congressional Budget Office score," he told WUNC as the bill passed 217-213.

"The last day or two, leadership has talked to me about it, (asked me), 'What would it take to get your vote?' They are cutting deals with members of Congress, tweaking this and tweaking that, and you don’t know what the costs are going to be."

Storms in Raleigh caused flooding in Kinston. This photo was taken April 25, 2017.
Associated Press

The mayor of Kinston wants the N.C. Legislature and U.S. Congress to help prevent future floods as the Neuse River crests from more heavy rain.

Flood map for portions of North Carolina until 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Courtesy of the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has extended flood warnings for central and eastern North Carolina, and will continue to monitor conditions throughout the week. 

Morning on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Outer Banks Real Estate / Flickr Creative Commons

Businesses on the Outer Banks are preparing for an annual influx of international students who spend their summers working along the barrier islands. 

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2015, file photo, Penn State's Frannie Crouse (9) jumps for a header as teammate Emily Ogle, left, watches during the NCAA Women's College Cup soccer final against Duke in Cary, N.C.
Ben McKeown, File / AP

The NCAA has awarded Division I championships to Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Cary over the next four years.

A collaged picture of a diverse women's face
Addicting Info

A report on the well-being of young women in North Carolina shows overall improvements, but racial barriers still exist.

The Robert Wood Johnson green map below shows the distribution of North Carolina’s health outcomes, based on an equal weighting of length and quality of life.
County Health Rankings / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A new analysis of health statistics shows there is still a divide between rural and urban health outcomes in North Carolina. 

The annual report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows the healthiest counties are Wake, Orange and Union. The worst outcomes were in Edgecombe, Scotland and Robeson counties.

Duke University Campus
Duke Photography / Duke University

Duke University delayed plans to build a $55 million natural gas plant on campus. 

The university appointed a special subcommittee of the Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) to study the feasibility of building a combined heat and power (CHP). The group delivered its recommendations on Monday.

An artist's rendering of a light rail stop.
GoTriangle / Triangle Transit

Durham County could be caught in the middle of financial issues between the Triangle's plans for light rail and commuter rail lines. 

dry land
dasroofless / Flickr, Creative Commons

North Carolina's drought conditions are getting better, but nearly half of the state is still in a severe or moderate drought. 

hemp seeds
Magalie L'Abbé / Flickr, Creative Commons

Updated 2:30 p.m. 4/7/2017

North Carolina's Industrial Hemp Commission will not join a lawsuit to challenge the Drug Enforcement Administration's stance on hemp regulations.

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