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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Sports
6:26 am
Thu May 2, 2013

NC Sports Hall Of Fame Adds 11 New Faces, Two New Sports

Carolina Hurricanes legend Ron Francis is the first hockey player to enter the NC Sports Hall of Fame.
Credit Benjamin Reed / Flickr Creative Commons

Eleven new members are set to join the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.  Thursday night's induction ceremony and banquet marks the museum's 50th anniversary. 

Hall of Fame executive director Don Fish says the class of 2013 includes hockey legend Ron Francis, who retired a year before the Carolina Hurricanes won their first and only championship.

"It changed the face of sports in North Carolina," Fish says.

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Military
6:30 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Camp Lejeune Marine Clears IEDs To Evacuate A Wounded Teammate

Marines in Afghanistan receive counter IED training.
Credit U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena

A Camp Lejeune Marine receives the Silver Star Tuesday for his actions of valor in Afghanistan. 

Staff Sgt. Daniel Ridgeway will the get the award during a ceremony on the base.  Ridgeway says he and his men were walking in line toward a stockpile of enemy weapons, which they had been ordered to clear out, when a blast knocked him over.

"My teammate ended up stepping on an IED," Ridgeway says.

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Science & Technology
9:26 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Connecting Hog Farms To Pipelines Could Streamline Methane Gas Energy

A new study looks at generating energy from hog waste.
Credit Jeff Vanuga, USDA NRCS

Researchers at Duke University say they have shed more light on the prospects of using hog waste to produce energy. 

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Health
9:04 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Duke To Cover Sexual Reassignment Surgery On Student Insurance

Credit Dave DeWitt

The student health insurance plan at Duke University will soon cover procedures for sexual reassignment surgery. 

The university will be the first in North Carolina to cover the service, starting this fall. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek says the student health advisory committee recommended the change to complement existing benefits.

"A couple of years ago, we made certain that we had appropriate counseling support and hormonal therapy covered in the insurance policy for students," says Wasiolek.

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Health
7:31 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Fayetteville Identifies With PTSD After A Traumatic Experience

Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Credit Aaron 'tango' Tang via Flickr, Creative Commons

Mental health experts in Fayetteville are hosting a community forum on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder a week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Raleigh Set To Run For Boston Marathon Victims

Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Credit Aaron 'tango' Tang via Flickr, Creative Commons

Runners in the Triangle will be jogging through Raleigh this weekend to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. 

Organizers will be taking donations for the families of those who died or were injured in Monday's explosions.  Kazem Yahyapour is the director of Cary's annual Tobacco Road Marathon and organized this Sunday's benefit.  He finished the Boston Marathon minutes before the bombs went off.

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

18 Named Storms Predicted This Hurricane Season

An image of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Credit NASA

Early forecasts predict an active hurricane season along the Atlantic coast. 

Researchers at Colorado State University expect 18 named storms this year.  They say four of those will likely be major storms at Category 3 or higher. 

William Gray, a professor emeritus in Colorado State's atmospheric science department, says this winter's ocean currents follow trends that lead to active storm activity in the tropics.

"This circulation has been especially strong," Gray says.

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Health
7:44 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Proposal Would Extend Medicaid Coverage For Alzheimer's And Dementia

A committee in the state House is considering a measure to extend Medicaid coverage for people who have Alzheimer's and dementia. 

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Environment
7:46 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Paddling For Renewable Energy On The OBX

Resolute Marine Energy tested its paddle device off the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' pier near Duck, NC.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / www.frf.usace.army.mil

A renewable energy company says it's testing a prototype that could produce energy from ocean waves near the Outer Banks. 

Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy says it tested the equipment for two months off the coast of Duck this winter.  Engineer Cliff Goudey says the device has a large piece of fiberglass that waves back and forth like a barn door.

"It sits out on the bottom offshore just outside the breaking wave zone," Goudey says.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Survey Predicts Slow Growth For NC Businesses

Small business owners in North Carolina are more optimistic about their companies, but hiring remains stagnant.  A survey released yesterday from PNC Financial says nearly 30 percent of North Carolina businesses report that they are optimistic about their prospects for the next six months.  That's up from 15 percent last fall.  But PNC economist Mekael Teshome says the state's business outlook reflects the slow growth nationwide.

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