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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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
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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
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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. 

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