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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Education
12:12 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Illiteracy Awareness Campaign Ending With Municipal Elections

A sign promoting illiteracy awareness in the Triangle
Credit Bootstraps PAC

A North Carolina political action committee is wrapping up one of its pushes for childhood literacy that includes indecipherable campaign signs. 

The Bootstraps PAC has been distributing signs that say "Yrnt sqzp apxl!" with a bar code for a smartphone scanner that forwards to a website about illiteracy. 

The group's founder Mary Carey says the campaign is meant to make people aware of the literacy rate in the Triangle.

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Military
7:07 am
Thu October 31, 2013

NC National Guard Tries To Make Up For Lost Drills During Shutdown

The NC National Guard responds to New York after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Credit The National Guard / Flickr Creative Commons

More than a hundred North Carolina Air and Army National Guard units are trying to reschedule training time they missed during the government shutdown. 

That amounts to about 6,400 troops who could not conduct three weekend drills earlier this month.  Maj. Matthew Devivo says a short lapse in funding was enough to make conducting drills impossible.

"That's operational funds.  That's maintenance funds.  We couldn't move equipment to do training and we couldn't feed the soldiers who would come to drill," Devivo says.

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Health
7:38 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Duke Researchers Find Racial Disparity In HPV Infections

The Human papillomavirus (HPV) found in a Pap smear
Credit Ed Uthman / Flickr Creative Commons

A study out of Duke University suggests the HPV vaccine might not be as effective for African-American women. 

The vaccine protects against two subtypes of the Human papillomavirus that cause 70 percent of cases that develop into cervical cancer, but researchers found black women are half as likely as white women to be infected with those strains. 

The findings could help explain racial discrepancies in the rates of cancer.

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Business & Economy
8:18 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Private Health Care Exchanges Coming To NC

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

At least two private health insurance exchanges will soon be launching in North Carolina. 

The NC Chamber and a company called Digital Benefit Advisors are opening websites next month that will act as private marketplaces for health insurance.  Leaders for both organizations say they're designed for employees of companies that might be scaling back their insurance policies.

North Carolina Chamber COO Jim Simpson says the idea is to encourage competition and decrease the cost of insurance.

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WUNC Updates
6:57 am
Mon October 28, 2013

State Fair Worker Injured While Taking Apart Ride

N.C. State Fairgrounds
Credit NC State Fair

Officials with the North Carolina State Fair say a worker has been injured while disassembling a ride.

Fair spokesman Brian Long says a 35-year-old man was hurt early Monday morning when a piece of one of two rides called the Vortex fell on him.

The ride is not the same one that injured five people last week.  The man's name and condition have not been released.  He was taken to WakeMed Hospital. 

State fair organizers say this year's midway is expected to be one of the best attended of all time.  Final attendance figures for Sunday will be released Monday.  

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News Update
11:46 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Ride Mishap Injures 5 At NC State Fair

Credit NC State Fair

Police say it was an apparent malfunction that led to five injuries on a ride at the North Carolina State Fair.

The incident happened Thursday night shortly after 9 p.m. on a ride called The Vortex.

"We have been told that the ride had stopped and they were unloading, and all of the sudden, the ride started up again," said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison in a press conference Friday morning.

Harrison said that report is preliminary and investigators are still looking into exactly what caused the accident.

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Politics & Government
7:58 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Raleigh Identifies New Site For Downtown Food Distribution

Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsolson/ / flickr

Charities in Raleigh could soon be using a vacant warehouse across from Moore Square to distribute food on weekends. 

City staff members submitted that recommendation this week.  The city came to the agreement with local charity groups after volunteers said this summer police threatened to arrest them for handing out food. 

A city ordinance prohibits food distribution without a permit, but charities said they had been doing it for years on the weekends when soup kitchens are closed. 

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Drop In Enrollment Closes Most NC 4-H Camps

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

Four of North Carolina's 4-H youth camps are closing at the end of the year due to financial struggles. 

Leaders of the program say operations and maintenance costs have been going up while funds they get from fees and donors have been dropping since the economic downtown.  4-H camps charge about $450 for a week of activities. 

State 4-H director Marshall Stewart says local chapters started to see a steep decline in campers when the recession started.

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Tue October 22, 2013

McCrory Stands Behind Voting Law, Says NC Might Be Forced To Expand Medicaid

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit NC Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory has again defended North Carolina's new voting law during a talk at a leading conservative think tank. 

McCrory spoke at an event Monday hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington.  He stood behind the state's new voting rules, which require a photo ID at the polls, pointing out that 32 other states have similar laws.  He also criticized attorney general Roy Cooper for speaking out against the law.

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Business & Economy
10:16 am
Mon October 21, 2013

New Members For High Speed Rail Commission

Credit Mark Hogan / Flickr Creative Commons

The state DOT is swearing in new members of a high speed rail commission in North Carolina. 

Four members of the General Assembly and a Raleigh attorney will be named Monday to the Virginia-North Carolina High Speed Rail Compact.  Crews are working to upgrade tracks between Charlotte and Raleigh now for the corridor that's planned to run from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.  Supporters of the project have said high speed rail is key infrastructure.  Opponents have called it too costly. 

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