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
8:42 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Invasive Ant Species Creeps Through Triangle

An Asian Needle Ant (left) stings a termite. The ant is slowly invading nests of other invasive species in North Carolina.
Credit Benoit Guenard / NC State University

Researchers from N.C. State say an invasive species of ant is slowly spreading through North Carolina's forests.

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Sports
8:13 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Five NC Schools Join The Madness

Five North Carolina teams made the NCAA men's basketball tournament, including the ACC's Big Three in the Triangle. 

Duke is a number 2 seed in the Midwest region and faces Albany Friday afternoon.

"We're excited with the position we're in," forward Ryan Kelly tells GoDuke.com.

"We've got some time to prepare and every team we face from this point on is capable of being us and we're certainly capable of beating them.  That's how we have to approach it.  A loss is the end of your season, so we just have to keep winning."

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Sports
7:55 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Wolfpack Runs To ACC Tourney Quarterfinals

Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried was pleased with his team's defense, which shut down the nation's leading scorer.
Credit Outlaw08torn / Wikimedia Commons

N.C. State moves to Friday's quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament after a strong victory in the opening round. 

The Wolfpack took down Virginia Tech Thursday afternoon, 80-63. N.C. State took control after going on an 11-0 run in the second half.  Coach Mark Gottfried says guard Lorenzo Brown shut down Virginia Tech's Erick Green, the leading scorer in the nation.

"Lorenzo made his mind up he was going to do a good job on him and I thought he did," Gottfried said.

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Education
1:07 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Duke, NC State Reverse The 'Rhodes'

NC State students study an array of solar panels on top of the NSF FREEDM Systems Center. Vest Scholarships will go to British graduate students interested in studying energy production among other engineering projects.
Credit Marc Hall / North Carolina State University

Duke and N.C. State Universities are among eight schools in the country now providing scholarships for British students to study engineering in the US.

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Law
1:02 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

NC Takes Small Share Of Google Privacy Settlement

North Carolina is among 39 states to reach a settlement with Google over privacy concerns about the company's Street View feature.

Google used cars equipped with cameras and antennas to capture street level photos across the country from 2008 to 2010.  Authorities say the vehicles gathered personal information over open wi-fi networks during that time. 

"In broad terms, it might include URLs of web pages and possibly partial or complete email communications,"  says Kevin Anderson, head of the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

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Politics & Government
7:26 am
Wed March 13, 2013

NC Senator Calls For More Financial Oversight Of Universities

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) says universities need more financial oversight when it comes to federal funds. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) says the proposal is unworkable.
Credit U.S. Senate

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) says she's co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit colleges from using federal grants for their advertising budgets. 

Sen. Hagan and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) presented the proposal Tuesday.  They say higher education institutes need more financial oversight to ensure responsible spending.  Sen. Hagan said the measure will prevent for-profit colleges in particular from recruiting people who might end up deep in debt.

"Use your taxpayer dollars on education, improving education outcomes for students," Hagan said.

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Senators Hagan, Burr Push Beach Driving Bill

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Credit U.S. Senate

  North Carolina's US senators have re-introduced a bill that would allow off-road vehicles more access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democratic Senator Kay Hagan filed a proposal last week to reinstate rules that open most of the seashore to four-by-fours without a permit.  Senator Hagan says the bill represents a compromise between protecting the national park and supporting local businesses that run tours of the beach.  

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Law
9:10 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Non-compliance With Federal Law Could Reshape NC DOT Budget

North Carolina is among 33 states that face penalties for not complying with federal regulations designed to crack down on drunken drivers. 

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Transportation
10:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

NC DOT Revisits Outer Banks Transportation Projects

A screenshot captured Saturday at Mirlo Beach near Rodanthe shows the surf advancing on Highway 12.
Credit NCDOT / facebook.com

The North Carolina DOT starts a series of public meetings Monday to get feedback about its plans for Highway 12 and new ferry tolls on the Outer Banks. 

The DOT said Monday it would add one departure time to the ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island as more over-wash covers Highway 12.  The route faces intermittent closures after last week's winter storm flooded the highway.

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Science & Technology
3:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Older Gamers, Play On

Surveys showed older adults who play video games scored higher on well-being tests than those who don't.
Credit Anne McLaughlin / ncsu.edu

Researchers at N.C. State say playing video games might have positive psychological effects later in life.  A report released this week says a study of people who were 63 or older found those who play video or computer games at least occasionally reported more positive emotions in a mental health survey than those who don't.


"There's a whole gaming industry that's focused on the 12-year-old to 21-year-old demographic," says Dr. Jason Allaire, lead author of the study.

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