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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My Teacher
5:24 am
Mon May 19, 2014

'I've Heard Some People Say 'I Had A Special Teacher.' I Have You.'

Consandra Jones and Kathleen Walchle
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WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

The StoryCorps mobile booth left Durham yesterday after a month of gathering conversations from North Carolina to archive at the Library of Congress.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks NC Congressional Races, Legislature's Short Session

Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie
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It’s been a busy week for North Carolina politics.

The race for North Carolina’s congressional seat in the 2nd District is set. Former American Idol star Clay Aiken will face incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers in November.

State lawmakers also returned to Raleigh this week. They got started with new rules about protesting at the General Assembly.

Host Frank Stasio talks with the Political Junkie, Ken Rudin about North Carolina politics.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

VA Looks Into Allegations Of False Appointment Records In NC

The Durham VA Medical Center
Credit Durham VA Medical Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating allegations of improper scheduling at VA medical centers across the country. 

Leaked emails from VA offices in Arizona and Wyoming suggest employees changed records to falsely show that veterans were getting prompt appointments. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is testifying about those allegations today on Capitol Hill.

This week, two employees at the Durham VA Medical Center were put on administrative leave amid similar allegations.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Drawing From Family History To Write About Love, Abuse and Reconciliation

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Chapel Hill author Randi Davenport uses experiences from her own life to write about a range of issues from mental illness to love and reconciliation. 

Her memoir centered on her son’s struggle with debilitating hallucinations. Now her debut novel, The End of Always(Twelve Books/2014), draws again from her family history as she explores the ideas of domestic abuse and gender roles during the turn of the century.

Host Frank Stasio talks with author Randi Davenport about The End of Always.

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StoryCorps
8:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

StoryCorps: Bringing A Split Family Closer Together

Jenny Cude, Bella Cude, and Susie Bird
Credit StoryCorps

The StoryCorps mobile booth is wrapping up its stay in Durham this week.  The silver trailer has been in town since last month, collecting conversations to archive at the Library of Congress.  Many of those conversations are also airing on WUNC.

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Education
8:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Commencement Weekend: Grads Urged To Live 'Lives Of Consequence'

Nearly 6,000 students received degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday
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Many colleges and universities across North Carolina have added thousands of alumni.  Students from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University were among those to turn their tassels Sunday. 

Harvard surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande spoke at UNC's commencement. The theme of Gawande's speech was how to find the right place to live and work after graduation.

"One thing I came to realize after college was that the search for purpose is really a search for a place, not an idea," says Gawande. 

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Weather
5:22 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

Hurricane Irene churns through the Caribbean in 2011.
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Preliminary forecasts predict a fairly quiet hurricane season along the Atlantic coast. 

Researchers at Colorado State University expect nine named storms this year.  They say three of those will likely become hurricanes.  The average season produces about six hurricanes. 

Atmospheric science professor Phil Klotzbach says a strong El Niño in the Pacific should dampen hurricane conditions in the Atlantic.

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Health
9:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Food Pantries On NC College Campuses: Need Is Greater Than Expected

Credit Reema Khrais / WUNC

More universities in North Carolina are opening food pantries on campus to help hungry students and faculty. 

N.C. Central University started giving out food to its students earlier this week.  It's one of at least eight colleges and universities in the state that have opened food pantries in the last two years. 

Jason O'Briant is a dietetics professor at N.C. Central and helped start the school's pantry.  He says the need for food on college campuses is higher than expected, even for students who receive room and board.
 

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Health
4:23 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Proposal In The Works To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil

Credit Colleen Danger, via flickr, Creative Commons

A state lawmaker says she plans to introduce a bill to legalize a marijuana oil that could help treat childhood seizures.

Rep. Pat McElraft (R-Carteret) says she's in the process of drafting the proposal.  It would allow physicians to get an oil that contains a substance called cannabidiol (CBD), which is extracted from marijuana.  Researchers say the substance, which is not psychoactive, could help children with Dravet Syndrome.  The disorder can cause several seizures a day in young children. 

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Health
7:58 am
Tue March 11, 2014

NC Dental Examiners Consider New Conscious Sedation Rules Following Deaths

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The state Board of Dental Examiners is considering changes to rules about conscious sedation procedures after two deaths were tied to the practice. 

Conscious sedation is frequently used during some surgeries to depress consciousness, but keep patients responsive and breathing on their own.  Two have died in the last year and a half during those procedures, which the board says are rare incidents. 

COO Bobby White says an investigation found that doctors did not properly monitor the patient's breathing in at least one of those cases.

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