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
6:58 am
Thu September 26, 2013

NCDOT Creating New Patterns At Busy Interchanges

The Diverging Diamond Interchange.
Credit audiowiki / Flickr Creative Commons

The state Department of Transportation is working on unusual interchanges designed to relieve congestion at high-traffic areas across the state. 

Crews are building seven intersections known as Diverging Diamond Interchanges.  They temporarily move traffic to the left side of the road before dumping them onto the freeway or shifting back to the right to cross the intersection. 

DOT engineer James Dunlap says it makes getting on and off the freeway easier.

"It's a free-flow left, so once you get past the first signal, you're not stopping again," Dunlap explains.

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Health
7:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

A Week Before Affordable Care Act, Navigators Spreading The Word

The health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, goes into effect next week.
Credit Flickr.com

North Carolina is asking local health departments to work with people hired to give information about the Affordable Care Act. 

The Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to every county last week, encouraging them to work with so-called health care navigators.  The federal government gave out about $3 million in grants to non-profits, hospitals and volunteers to hire navigators last month.

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Arts & Culture
7:44 am
Wed September 25, 2013

A New Home For The 'World Of Bluegrass'

Credit Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

WUNC's Eric Hodge talks with music journalist Craig Havighurst about the World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh.

The World of Bluegrass event is underway in Raleigh.  It's the first year the five-day convention has come to the Triangle after having a home in Nashville for eight years, and it's a place for musicians, agents and music lovers to hear the best of Bluegrass every year.

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Military
5:06 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

60 Fort Bragg Surveillance Soldiers Return From Afghanistan

A small group of Fort Bragg soldiers returns home from Afghanistan Monday as the military works to transfer its operations to Afghan forces. 

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Environment
10:03 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Climate Change Speeding Up Life Cycles Of Trees

Credit City of Raleigh

Researchers at Duke University have found evidence that climate change is shortening the life cycles of trees in the U.S.

Research in tropical areas like Peru has suggested that trees are migrating to cooler areas by producing offspring in higher elevations or latitudes, but the latest study says most plants in the U.S. might not be able to move quickly enough to keep up with rising temperatures. 

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Military
4:53 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Hagan: Backlog At Winston-Salem VA Shrinking

The weight of paper files at the VA's Winston-Salem office had threatened to collapse the floor.
Credit Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says the Veterans Affairs office in Winston-Salem is cutting down on its backlog of claims. 

The Democrat from North Carolina says the office has processed all claims that have been waiting for two years or more.  Hagan says the average claim now takes 200 days, compared to more than 300 days a year ago.  The Winston-Salem VA processes nearly all claims filed in North Carolina. 

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Health
7:53 am
Tue September 17, 2013

UNC Opens Mental Health Facility In Wake County As Part Of Deal With WakeMed

UNC Health Care has opened a new mental hospital in Wake County after building repairs caused a two-month delay. 

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Politics & Government
9:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Raleigh To Revisit Food Distribution Ordinance

Credit Dave DeWitt

Raleigh is taking more public comment about its food distribution ordinance. 

Monday night's meeting comes nearly a month after police threatened to arrest volunteer groups that were handing out food to the homeless in Moore Square.  A city ordinance prohibits food distribution in public parks without a permit, but at least one group says it had been giving out food on the weekends for six years. 

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Health
4:21 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Raleigh Parent Files Complaint Against YMCA For Rejecting His Diabetic Son

A Raleigh parent has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice after the local YMCA refused to admit his diabetic son. 

Bruce Hatcher says the after-school program is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Hatcher says the YMCA rejected his son because it does not administer shots, which the boy needs if his glucose level gets too low.  The YMCA of the Triangle contracts with Wake County Public Schools to provide after-school care. Some religious organizations are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act.   

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Arts & Culture
5:03 am
Wed September 11, 2013

12 Years After 9/11, A Somber Day Of Service

The 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
Credit ser_is_snarkish / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina is marking 12 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday.

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