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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Transportation
1:14 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

With Red Route Back On The Table, 540 Planning Goes To Public

The NCDOT is showing color coded routes under consideration for the 540 extension from Holly Springs to Knightdale.
Credit NCDOT

The state DOT is bringing options for an extension to the Triangle Expressway back to the public for debate. 

A series of meetings starts Monday afternoon at Wake Technical Community College to show residents of southern Wake County the possible routes for 540 from Holly Springs to Knightdale. 

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Business & Economy
7:34 am
Mon October 14, 2013

N.C. Mortgages On Hold During Govt. Shutdown

Credit City of Raleigh

North Carolina banks say the ongoing government shutdown means many mortgage applications are idle.

The Internal Revenue Service usually sends tax records to mortgage lenders to verify a client's income, but IRS workers are among the federal employees who are in their 14th day of mandatory furloughs.  Banks are still processing mortgages, but taking a risk if they approve them.

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WUNC Updates
7:57 am
Fri October 11, 2013

A Farewell To Dick Gordon

Dick Gordon
Credit Indaia Whitcombe

Friday is the last day for The Story on WUNC.  The program's host, Dick Gordon, is leaving the station after eight years with the nationally distributed show.  He spoke with Morning Edition's Eric Hodge one last time Friday morning.

ERIC HODGE: Good morning Dick.

DICK GORDON: Hi, Eric.

HODGE: So, why the move, Mr. Gordon?

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Business & Economy
9:23 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Economic Growth Revives Wake Library Projects

An artist's rendering of the Northeast Regional Library planned for Raleigh.
Credit Streamside Perspective / Wake County

Commissioners in Wake County have started the process of reviving construction projects for new libraries.  The board voted Monday night to revisit plans for a regional library in northeast Raleigh. 

The county drew up a design in 2007, but construction was postponed during the recession.  Voters passed a $45 million bond that year for library projects across the county, but commissioner Phil Matthews suggested this week that staff members should review population growth before going ahead with other plans in Garner, Cary and Fuquay-Varina.

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Military
1:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughed Civilian Employees Back At NC Military Bases

Thousands of civilian employees at NC's military bases went back to work Monday.
Credit Fort Bragg

Civilian employees at North Carolina's military bases are back at work after four furlough days from the government shutdown. 

The recall comes after the Department of Defense said this weekend a stop-gap budget law that keeps the military funded during the shutdown includes civilian workers.  Most of the 800 civilian employees who were furloughed from Camp Lejeune are back at work after the DOD reviewed the language in the Pay Our Military Act.

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Politics & Government
11:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Raleigh Tells Drivers To Slow Down In Residential Areas

One of ten posters Raleigh has distributed to residential areas where the city says drivers are speeding.
Credit City of Raleigh

The city of Raleigh has started a pilot program designed to discourage drivers from speeding in residential areas. 

City staff members are distributing yard signs, posters and advertisements along five roads, where they say drivers are more likely to speed.  They include areas of Quail Hollow Drive, Wide River Drive, Oakwood Avenue, Clark Avenue and Ridge Road.

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Weather
7:49 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Dissipates, NC Dodges Most Effects

Tropical Storm Karen as it moved over Florida Saturday.
Credit NASA

The remnants of Tropical Storm Karen are floating over the east coast and dropping light rain in western North Carolina. 

The storm dissipated as it moved over the gulf coast this weekend.  Meteorologist Brandon Vincent says a cold front will push rain from Karen toward central and eastern North Carolina Monday.

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Sports
8:26 am
Fri October 4, 2013

'Canes Ready For Opening Night

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller
Credit Benjamin Reed / Flickr Creative Commons

Caniacs are heading back to the PNC Arena to start a new hockey season.  The Carolina Hurricanes' opening game is Friday night in Raleigh against the Detroit Red Wings. 

The 'Canes are coming off a disappointing season last year in which they led their division early, but suffered injuries and ended up losing 19 of their final 23 games.  Coach Kirk Muller says his team is ready to start over, and he expects the Red Wings to live up to their reputation as a powerhouse club.

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Politics & Government
7:13 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Govt. Contractors Feel The Sting Of The Shutdown

The EPA campus in Research Triangle Park
Credit Environmental Protection Agency / epa.gov

Employees who work for government contractors are among those who are not working during the shutdown. 

Federal agencies contract out duties from on-site cafeterias to janitorial services.  Tony Marshall is president and CEO of a company in Raleigh called Innovative Systems Group, which had an $852,437 contract with the Environmental Protection Agency to run a green shuttle service at its campus in Durham. 

He says he had to send home four hourly drivers and a project manager this week.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Shutdown's Reach Into North Carolina

Credit http://www.house.gov/content/cao/io/images/house_floor.jpg

Thousands of federal employees in North Carolina are at home today after the government entered a partial shutdown. 

In Durham, most of the 2,000 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency's office have been furloughed.  Kevin McLaughlin is a communications specialist there.  He says he went into work long enough to record his outgoing message and shut down his computer before he left.

"I've met up with a few fellow federal employees.  We are enjoying the beautiful day.  I think I'll do some yard work.  I'm actually going to go volunteer," McLaughlin said Tuesday.

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