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J Caldwell

Leoneda Inge, an experienced and award-winning public radio journalist, has been named North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC's first-ever Race and Southern Culture Reporter.

The new position will explore modern and historical societal constructs to tell stories of poverty and wealth; health, wellness and food culture; and education and racial identity in the unique context of a changing American South. 

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Storymakers:Durham

WUNC is listening.  What's your story?  Check out WUNC's new partnership here

A picture of the plane on the roadside.
Russ Henry / WUNC

Authorities have reopened two lanes of Interstate 540 westbound  in Raleigh after a single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on the shoulder this morning.

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Jorge Valencia / WUNC

The results are in for the North Carolina primary. In the race for president, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary and Donald Trump has been declared the winner on the Republican side. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, poll results show:

The following is WUNC's Overall Excellence Entry for the 2016 RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards contest.

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Early in 2015 a triple-murder in the college community of Chapel Hill led to a global outpouring of support. WUNC reporters and hosts followed the tragedy from the morning after the shooting around the globe, as a community mourned and tried to carry on the legacy of the three victims. Web coverage here.

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NC PUBLIC RADIO WUNC AND PRI PARTNER ON THE CIVILIST PODCAST HOSTED BY WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST STEVEN PETROW

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Wikipedia

Whether it is the local elections or the race to the White House, each vote counts. But what is driving voters as they cast their ballots in 2016?

 The State of Things is taking a look at the political mood of the state and wants to hear from you. 
As a North Carolinian, are you more or less politically engaged this year than in the past? Why? Send your response to sot@wunc.org with “politics” in the subject line.

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Adam Hochberg / WUNC

Thursday, January 21: A UNC-Chapel Hill employee was hospitalized after an electrical accident that temporarily cut power for much of campus. Dey Hall and Wilson Library still have no power and are closed.

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Charlie Shelton / WUNC

The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) announced Monday that North Carolina Public Radio has been selected as one of 15 stations across the country to be a part of a new storytelling initiative "Localore: Finding America."

Pope Francis in March 2013
Presidency of the Nation of Argentina / via Wikipedia

NPR and WUNC will provide special coverage of the Pope’s address to Congress beginning at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday September 24.  

This audio link will provide a stream of those remarks before Congress:

(You can also listen to our live audio stream available near the top of this page, too.)

Watch the address from PBS:

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Jorge Valencia

A few weeks ago, WUNC reporter Jorge Valencia boarded a series of planes and buses en route to Reyhanli, a small city on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Syria border.

He was following a group of American dentists and students who were willing to travel into a dicey part of the world to complete a task: they wanted to carry out a mission that had been planned by Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha -- aspiring dentists who’d been planning on giving free care to refugees of the war in Syria before they were murdered by a neighbor in Chapel Hill this year.

A picture of an EDS truck by the WUNC sign.
Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

Updated at 7:45 a.m., Friday, February 27

Duke Energy has set up a day camp of sorts outside the WUNC studios in Chapel Hill. The temporary mess hall has been set up to feed utilities workers brought in to restore power to the Triangle, where tens of thousands are still in the dark, so to speak.

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NPR

Sunday's episode on February 22, 2015, of On The Media focused largely on issues surrounding the Chapel Hill shootings that left three young Muslims dead.

The show examined the divisive language of terrorism, reporting on media coverage and charges of double standards in that coverage, and at responses on social media.

You can listen to the whole program and selected excerpts below.

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