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
8:48 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Women's ACC Basketball Tournament Starts Today

The women's ACC basketball tournament opens tonight.
Credit Atlantic Coast Conference

It's tournament time for Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball. 

Wake Forest starts things off tonight in Greensboro against Pittsburgh.  Meanwhile, North Carolina, Duke and NC State have either one or two rounds off, thanks to good conference records. 

The Wolfpack is ranked number 14 in the country, and has an automatic bid to the tournament quarterfinals.  That's despite a flurry of injuries in the middle of the conference schedule. 

Head Coach Wes Moore said he wants to take advantage of the time off.

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My Teacher
4:30 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

My Teacher: Connecting Students With Memorable Teachers

Credit Dave DeWitt

The North Carolina Teacher Project is WUNC’s yearlong look at the state of the teaching profession in North Carolina. It includes policy discussions on The State of Things and through feature reports, multimedia presentations, and intimate conversations between students and their teachers called My Teacher, as part of the American Graduate Series.

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Sports
8:26 am
Fri November 29, 2013

The High Stakes Of This Year's Duke-Carolina Football Game

UNC's Kenan Stadium hosts this year's annual rivalry contest between the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils.
Credit goheels.com

Number 24 Duke and North Carolina are getting ready for their annual football rivalry matchup. 

The Tar Heels host the Blue Devils on Saturday in the final game of the regular season.  There's a lot at stake for Duke, which needs the win to advance to the ACC championship game against Florida State.  It would be the school's first trip to the title game. 

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe says it's fitting that the deciding game is against UNC.

"It's enough that it's just Duke and North Carolina," Cutcliffe says.

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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Duke Study: CPR Training Minimal In Places That Need It Most

Credit BC Gov Photos / Flickr Creative Commons

Researchers at Duke University say areas with the most cardiovascular health issues are least likely to have bystanders who can perform CPR. 

A study released last week says rural and poor communities have a significantly lower number of people who have CPR training.  The report says that rate is particularly low in Southern states. 

The study's lead author Monique Anderson says communities that promote a simpler way of conducting CPR are training more people.

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Weather
8:03 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Central, Eastern NC Expected To Dodge Freezing Rain

A winter weather advisory (purple) remains in effect for areas west of the Triangle.
Credit National Weather Service / noaa.gov

Forecasters say a winter storm is ready to drop heavy rain across North Carolina, but temperatures are high enough to avoid sleet or snow. 

The system is sweeping through the mountains, Charlotte and the Triad, and will move east throughout the day on Tuesday.  Meteorologist Ryan Ellis says the steady rain will start with the morning commute.

"It definitely is going to be a heavy-rain event and a long-duration event," Ellis says.

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Transportation
8:17 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Light Rail Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting On Orange-Durham Corridor (Video)

An artist's rendering of a proposed light rail station in downtown Durham.
Credit Triangle Transit Authority

An advisory committee is set to meet for the first time to make recommendations for the next steps in building a light rail line in Orange and Durham counties. 

The group of government representatives, university officials, and business leaders convenes Friday morning in Chapel Hill.  Triangle Transit Authority plans to build a 17-mile line from UNC Hospitals to downtown Durham. 

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Politics & Government
9:34 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Water Companies Push To Eliminate Some Public Hearings In Rate Cases

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The state Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that would allow private water companies to raise rates in some cases without public hearings. 

Under the new rule, utilities could implement rate hikes several times a year without public input, as long as they do not amount to an increase of more than 5 percent. 

State lawmakers passed the new rule without opposition last session, but the Utilities Commission has to decide if it's in the public's interest before it goes into effect. 

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Business & Economy
11:34 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New Business Model For NC Cooperative Extension

The NC National Guard visits a 4-H camp.
Credit NC National Guard / Flickr Creative Commons

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension wants communities across the state to help the organization change its business strategy. 

The Cooperative Extension is in the middle of a series of 12 meetings to adjust to budget cuts.  The group funds agricultural, nutrition and youth education programs like 4-H camps.  Four of those camps are shutting down by the end of the year. 

Cooperative Extension director Joe Zublena  says he's asking people for feedback about which programs matter the most.

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Business & Economy
7:26 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Chapel Hill Wants Luxury Theater To Attract More Regional Business

An artist's rendering of the theater's facade planned for University Mall in Chapel Hill
Credit Madison Marquette Retail Services

Leaders in Chapel Hill say they hope a luxury movie theater moving into a local mall will bring in more shoppers from out of town. 

Silverspot Cinema says it will open the facility with 13 theaters at University Mall in two years. 

The theater will replace Dillard's department store, which has been there since 1973.  Silverspot says it will offer leather chairs in the theaters, a lounge, and special screenings of live events like opera. 

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Hagan: Let People Keep Their Health Care Plans

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
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Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) says she's joining other Democrats who are calling for health insurers to reinstate recently canceled policies. 

Hagan says she supports a bill that was introduced after it became clear that not everyone could keep their plans when the Affordable Care Act took effect. 

"I think we knew with a bill this large that there would be fixes that need to be made to make it work better, and this is one of those items now that needs to be changed.  People need to be able to keep their plans," Hagan says.

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