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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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Duke Study: Video Gamers Have Sharper Eyesight

A new study finds that gamers' vision may be better than that non-gamers.
Credit Rebecca Pollard via flickr, Creative Commons

Researchers at Duke University say people who play video games regularly tend to see more around them.  A recent study used a fast-paced visual memory test on gamers who often play action games like first-person shooters, and compared the results to non-gamers.  It found the gamers consistently scored better, meaning they were able to gather more information in a short amount of time. 

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Weather
8:03 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Power Out For Thousands As North Carolina Cleans Up From Storms

A satellite image of Thursday's storm as it advanced on North Carolina.
Credit National Weather Service, Raleigh / Facebook.com

Power was still out Friday morning for hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina after severe storms. 

A fast-moving system swept across the state Thursday, knocking down trees and power lines.  Duke Energy Progress says nearly 60,000 people were without power Friday morning in Wake County.  Meteorologist Phil Badgett says damage reports came in quickly Thursday night.

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Science & Technology
4:31 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Holly Springs Clears Fiber Optic Internet Project

Optical fiber used for high speed internet.
Credit Michel Tronchetti

The town of Holly Springs is interested in laying a fiber optic network that could lead to super high-speed Internet for local residents and businesses. 

The Town Council voted unanimously to move forward with the project, which would install 16 miles of fiber optic cable in two loops underneath the town.  Joanne Hovis is president of CTC Technology, which the town hired to design the network.  She told the council at a recent meeting the service would start out as a communications system for the town, but lays the groundwork for Internet Service Providers to build commercial and residential connections.

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Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

American Dance Festival Begins In Durham, Celebrates 80 Years

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Credit American Dance Festival

The American Dance Festival is entering its 80th year as performances begin in Durham. 

The national festival opens Thursday at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  This year's celebration includes dance companies from as far away as Argentina, Ireland and Taiwan. 

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Health
4:21 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

NC State Study: Cheaper & Safer For Government To Treat Mental Illness

Credit Flickr Creative Commons

Researchers at NC State say it's safer and more cost effective for the government to treat people with mental illnesses. 

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Politics & Government
4:48 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lawmakers Continue To Debate Three Tax Reform Plans

N.C. General Assembly, State Legislature
Credit Dave DeWitt

  The General Assembly is in its last few weeks of budget discussions, with tax overhauls in mind.  Three proposals are still on the table.  All of them cut the corporate and individual income tax rates while expanding the sales tax to cover more services. 

Alexandra Sirota of the liberal North Carolina Justice Center says that disproportionately benefits the wealthy.

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Sports
10:21 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Baseball: NC State Heads To World Series, Carolina Suffers First No-Run Game

The Wolfpack heads to their first World Series since 1968.
Credit NC State

NC State is going to its first College World Series since 1968.  The Wolfpack beat Rice in 17 innings last night, 5-4.  Brett Williams drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI double. 

The game was the longest Super Regional in NCAA history.  Coach Elliot Avent says it's fulfilling for his team to break the streak of 45 years without a World Series appearance.

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Arts & Culture
9:49 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Archeologists To Recover Eight Cannons From Blackbeard's Ship

A cannon excavated from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge.
Credit Karen K Browning; N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

State archeologists say they have the ambitious goal of recovering eight cannons from Blackbeard's ship.  The Queen Anne's Revenge sunk near Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, in June of 1718, and the state Department of Cultural Resources has been leading efforts to recover artifacts from the ship since 1997. Divers use good weather during the summer and fall months to bring artifacts to the surface.  Last week, bad weather prevented divers from starting their yearly digs, but Fay Mitchell of the Department of Cultural Resources says they hope to surface up to three sunken cannons this week.

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Environment
10:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

NCDOT Removes EV Charging Stations From Rest Stops

One of NC DOT's electric vehicle charging stations.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina DOT says it had to remove four electric vehicle charging stations from rest areas due to conflicting state and federal laws. 

Transportation officials collected the stations before a state law took effect in March.  The law directed the DOT to find a way to charge drivers for using the stations.  But a federal law says states can only collect money from rest areas if it comes from vending machines. 

The stations were in place for 14 months and the DOT says 146 vehicles used them during that time. 

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Weather
7:06 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Andrea Advances On NC, Dumps Heavy Rain

Tropical Storm Andrea as it moved over Florida and toward North Carolina.
Credit noaa.gov / NASA/NOAA

Heavy rain continues Friday morning as Tropical Storm Andrea moves toward North Carolina. 

Flash flood warnings were in effect in the Triangle while the coast remained under a tropical storm warning.  Tornado watches were also in effect for Rocky Mount, Wilson Goldsboro and the surrounding areas. 

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