About Our 2017 Youth Radio Reporters

Aug 3, 2017

Youth Radio reporters at the annual Summer Youth Reporting Institute pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.

Youth Reporters
Loulou Batta
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Loulou Batta is a Goodnight Scholar at North Carolina State University and hopes to double major in chemistry and public policy. Hailing from the little town of Raleigh, when she’s not doing media work, she teaches swing dance, plays some sort of instrument or plays a sport. Her favorite color is rose gold, and when she grows up, she wants to be the Surgeon General (but being an OB/GYN would work too) and travel the globe providing medical assistance with Doctors Without Borders.


Skylar Fisher
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Skylar Fisher is a recent graduate of Broughton High School in Raleigh, and plans to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall. In high school, she was a theatre geek and was involved in the production of performance art. She’s trying out a new method of storytelling in broadcast journalism this summer and is excited for the opportunity to produce interesting and valuable content.

Katherine Gan
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Katherine Gan graduated from William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh in June 2017 and will attend Duke University in the fall. She is excited to be a WUNC Youth Radio Reporter to understand the impact of public policy decisions on North Carolinians. In her free time, she likes to go hiking and listen to podcasts.

Anthony Howard
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Anthony Howard is an incoming junior at Wakefield High School in Raleigh. He dreams of attending New York University, where he would study acting, journalism or law. Being a youth reporter at WUNC will be a fruitful opportunity for Anthony, as he continues to venture into the entertainment realm.

Endia Purdie
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Endia Purdie is an incoming freshman at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Endia wants to major in English and minor in psychology. She spends her free time reading, writing short stories and poems, and spending time with her little brother. She’s also a fan of anime and likes to play video games.

Star Smith
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Norstarsha Smith is a recent graduate of Riverside High School in Durham and will attend North Carolina A&T State University in the fall. She wants to find a different way to get news out to the community and open the eyes of others by the stories she tells. As a WUNC Youth Radio Reporter, Norstarsha will report a story about a student who chooses not to go to college and instead finds work at a fast food restaurant, and another who, faced with the same choice, chooses to go to college.

Emmanuel Tobe
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Emmanuel Tobe is a recent graduate of Riverside High School in Durham. He plans to attend Elon University in the fall. He chose radio because he’s worked in broadcast journalism and print, but sees radio as an interesting avenue to tell stories that he has not explored. His summer story will be about a group of students who come together to create an organization to help shrink the achievement gap at their school.