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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Business & Economy
8:14 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Progress Reaches Tentative Deal To Cut Rate Hikes

Progress Energy has reached a tentative deal with the Public Staff on the state Utilities Commission to reduce its request for a rate increase.  The agreement allows a 4.7 percent increase in June, then raises that to 5.7 percent next year.  Progress filed for an 11 percent increase in October.  Public Staff executive director Robert Gruber says it's a fair deal.

"What do they actually need in order to be able to operate reliably and attract investors?  You have to compromise that need with the impact on consumers," Gruber says.

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Health
7:40 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Duke Study: BPA Has Adverse Effects On Developing Nervous System

Scientists at Duke University say a substance found in many plastics could inhibit the development of the central nervous system.  The report says bisphenol-A, widely known as BPA, can suppress the chemical chain of events that allows neurons to improve their functioning early in life.

"It disrupts this process and it corrupts this process," says Dr. Wolfgang Liedtke, lead author of the study.

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Redistricting Objections Back In Court

North Carolina's newest Congressional districts are among those up for debate in Wake County Superior Court Monday and Tuesday.
Credit NC Legislature / ncleg.net

A panel of judges is set to hear arguments Monday about whether to uphold or reject North Carolina's newest legislative and congressional districts.

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Weather
7:44 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Slushy Morning Will Give Way to Rainy Afternoon

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for the Triangle and Triad areas.
Credit National Weather Service / noaa.gov

The National Weather Service says a winter weather advisory remained in effect for central North Carolina through 10 a.m. Friday.  Forecasters say freezing rain will shift to rain through late morning in the Triangle and Triad.  Meteorologist Nick Petro says temperatures will hover around the freezing mark.

"We're going to have to watch out for local slick spots, mainly on bridges and overpasses first, and as we get to the late morning, temperatures will then rise back above freezing," Petro says.

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Education
4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

UNC Wants To Make Classes Go Viral

Starting this fall, four of Coursera's 90 online courses will come from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill will start offering free online classes to the public this fall. The university announced Thursday it's partnering with the California-based company Coursera to provide four massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

"What we're hoping is that what we learn and what we develop through these MOOCs will help to enhance our face-to-face campus-based courses," says Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initatives at UNC.

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Health
7:42 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Duke Researchers: Wounds From Bullying Stick Around For Years

Duke researchers say bullying can lead to anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide up to 20 years later.
Credit John Steven Fernandez via Flickr / flickr.com

A study from Duke University says adults who were bullied as children are much more likely to have anxiety or depression. 

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Transportation
12:36 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

NC Ferry Division Eyes Alternate Route Between Hatteras And Ocracoke

The ferry Roanoke normally transports passengers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
Credit NCDOT

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands could resume as early as this week with an alternate route.  The state Department of Transportation says surveyors have identified a longer channel that could allow ferries to pass.  Service has been spotty or suspended since Hurricane Sandy and two nor'easters made the normal route impassible during low tides.  DOT spokesman Steve Abbott says the agency hopes to reopen the route quickly to let traffic flow to an area that relies heavily on tourism from Spring to Fall.

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Sports
8:37 am
Mon February 18, 2013

'Canes Want To Play Fast To Stay On Hot Streak

Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal has scored a point in 11 straight games, the longest active streak in the NHL.
Credit Benjamin Reed

The Carolina Hurricanes hope to extend a three-game winning streak Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens.  Coach Kirk Muller says his skaters are playing a quicker game and he expects to see a familiar set of players in Montreal.

"I find they're playing a very similar game to our game right now.  They're not afraid to come at you," Muller says.

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Education
8:06 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Thorp Moving From UNC To Washington University

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

  Holden Thorp will serve as provost at Washington University in Saint Louis after he steps down as chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Thorp announced the move in a campus-wide e-mail Monday morning.  Thorp had said he would stay at UNC to teach and conduct research in the chemistry department, but he says the new position will allow him to return to teaching and research while keeping administrative duties.

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Environment
7:47 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Firefighters Share Wildfire Know-How

Firefighters from around the world meet Monday in Raleigh to discuss how to improve the way they battle wildfires.  The International Association of Wildland Fire hosts a conference this week that focuses on better communication and learning the behavior of wildfires as a few ways to contain them.  Organization spokeswoman Paula Nelson says those techniques can vary in North Carolina, where the landscape can shift rapidly from dense forest to peat bog.

"Each of those takes specific skills, so the local people are the ones you really turn to," Nelson says.

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