Will Michaels

Daily News Producer

Will Michaels started his professional radio career at WUNC.

He was first an intern while studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. 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 began as a reporter for Carolina Connection, UNC's radio news magazine, and then became an anchor and managing editor for the program in 2009, when it was named the best college radio news program in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Will came back to WUNC after graduation in 2010 as the producer for the local broadcast of Morning Edition, rising before the sun to help host Eric Hodge gather and present the news. In 2014, he produced WUNC's My Teacher series, part of the North Carolina Teacher Project. He joined the team for The State of Things later that year.

In 2016, Will became WUNC's first Daily News Producer, creating content for WUNC newscasts and periodically filling in as host for Morning Edition or All Things Considered.

Outside of radio, Will holds a seat on the board of the North Carolina Governor's School Alumni Association. He attended Governor's School in 2005 for drama, and still considers himself a theatre geek at heart.

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A few dozen neo-Confederate protesters faced off with a few hundred dancing demonstrators at the site of the toppled Silent Sam statue at UNC- Chapel Hill on Aug. 30, 2018.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Updated 8:30 a.m. | August 31, 2018

The torn-down Silent Sam monument was the site of dueling protests Thursday night. About 50 members of a neo-Confederate group were greeted by several hundred counterprotesters on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. 

The pedestal of the Silent Sam statue without the Confederate monument on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Updated 2:55 p.m. | Aug. 28, 2018

The Board of Trustees at UNC- Chapel Hill has until November 15 to decide the fate of Silent Sam, a Confederate monument that was recently toppled by protesters.

Creative Commons

The state Department of Environmental Quality is monitoring a handful of excessive algae blooms at lakes across the state this summer.

A screengrab of a video showing the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department use a drone for a simulated beach rescue.
Courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Fire Department

The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department is experimenting with drones to help lifeguards with water rescues.

The department is testing equipment that allows drones to carry a lightweight inflatable buoy to swimmers who might be in distress, according to Wrightsville Beach firefighter Sam Proffitt. He said the drone can quickly fly a few hundred yards and drop the device.

File photo of a North Carolina State trooper.
Ildar Sagdejev / Wikipedia Creative Commons

The state Highway Patrol is trying to recruit more troopers as it deals with an ongoing shortage.

The number of vacant positions fluctuates, but there has been a consistent shortfall for years, according to First Sergeant Michael Baker.

A chart showing NOAA's updated forecast for the 2018 hurricane season.
NOAA

Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say this hurricane season will be less severe than predicted. 

Asheville Fire Department

A ruling in a North Carolina firefighter's death could open the door for more benefits for their surviving families.

Jason deBruyn / UNC System

Graduations rates are slowly rising in North Carolina's public universities, but disparities remain among each school and their racial demographics. 

About 72 percent of freshmen who started at a UNC System school in 2011 got their degrees within six years, but graduation rates are still significantly lower at institutions with more low-income students and people of color.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission staff collect and sort dead fish at White Lake, N.C., in May 2018.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

“Look at that boat right yonder. They’re going around picking up dead fish,” says a man who identifies himself on YouTube as Kyle McGee.

an offshore drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico
Robert Seale, Maersk Drilling / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/mU1Qdz

The mayor of Nags Head says members of Congress should vote down a draft bill on offshore drilling.

Thom Tillis
www.thomtillis.com

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina says Congress should find ways to close gaps in health insurance coverage after sharing his own experience with mental illness.

Pittsboro courthouse
1nativeTexan / flickr

Pittsboro has passed zoning protections for its historic district as the town prepares for rapid growth.  

Commissioners unanimously passed an overlay district for the downtown area. The new rules restrict certain businesses from moving in. It comes as crews build a development called Chatham Park. The project will eventually add up to 60,000 residents to Pittsboro, which currently has a population of less than 5,000. 

Photo of prescription bottle and pils
Eric Norriss / Flickr Creative Commons

A non-profit advocacy group says children whose parents have a history of substance abuse are entering foster care at a higher rate. 

Duke researchers say bullying can lead to anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide up to 20 years later.
John Steven Fernandez via Flickr / flickr.com

Suicide rates have been rising consistently across the country, but the Centers for Disease Control says North Carolina's rate of increase is slower than other states. 

File photo of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station.
rowensphotography / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/66Gxr8

Nuclear reactors could eventually be largely controlled by artificial intelligence.  

The nuclear engineering department at N.C. State University has received a $3 million federal grant to study AI in nuclear power plants. 

UN Women/Ryan Brown / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/SWcRTM

An analysis on women in the North Carolina workforce shows mixed results on closing the economic gender gap.  

This year's Status of Women report from the Department of Administration says women's earnings have improved. But they still make about 81 cents on the dollar compared to men. And the share of women in the workforce was worse in 2016 than it was in 2002. 

Flooding along NC 211 near Lumberton make roads impassable on Monday, October 10, 2016.
Jay Price / WUNC

A report on the potential for hurricane damage says more than 250,000 homes in North Carolina face some chance of flooding.  

photo of a person operating a tractor in a tobacco field
Larry Lamb / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina farmers are among those warily watching a new trade dispute between the United States and allies in North America and Europe.

infant sleeping
Andrés Nieto Porras / Wikimedia Commons -2017

A provision in the latest budget bill would expand the state's standards on screening newborns for metabolic and congenital diseases.

Overhead view of Hurricane Matthew
NASA / Flickr

North Carolina's coastal ecosystem has drastically changed because of two decades of hurricanes and other tropical cyclones.

The proposed route to complete the 540 Loop around Raleigh.
N.C. Department of Transportation

Conservation groups have sued to stop the construction of the last of the 540 loop in Wake County.

The Swedish furniture company IKEA will abandon plans to build one of its superstores in the Triangle.

IKEA had planned to open a location in Cary in 2020, but town manager Sean Stegall confirmed Wednesday the retailer will not expand to Cary Towne Center.

DEQ

Updated May 18

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality says the town of White Lake's statements about what might have caused a recent fish kill are misleading the public.

The base of the Confederate monument at UNC-Chapel Hill known as Silent Sam was doused in red Monday, April 30, 2018
Courtesy of Will Partin

A Confederate monument nicknamed Silent Sam has been standing on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill since 1913.

A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

More schools are canceling classes next Wednesday as teachers prepare for a rally at the legislature.

Orange County and Iredell-Statesville schools will join Wake, Durham, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Guilford and Mecklenburg schools in closing on May 16.

The base of the Confederate monument at UNC-Chapel Hill known as Silent Sam was doused in red Monday, April 30, 2018
Courtesy of Will Partin

A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student has made her first court appearance after dumping red paint and some of her blood onto a Confederate statue on campus.

The base of the Confederate monument at UNC-Chapel Hill known as Silent Sam was doused in red Monday, April 30, 2018
Courtesy of Will Partin

A University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate student says she used her own blood and jugs of ink to paint a Confederate monument on campus red.

City of Raleigh

A downtown Raleigh transportation hub is nearly ready to host its first passenger trains. 

The city officially dedicated Union Station in a ceremony Monday morning. The $89 million project will eventually handle commuter and passenger rail as well as buses and taxis on the west end of downtown.

Catch per unit effort of bull sharks
Charles Bangley / Nature

Researchers say rising sea temperatures have brought more bull sharks to North Carolina. 

A study published on Nature.com says the sharks appear to be moving their reproductive habitats farther north as the Atlantic gets warmer.

School bus
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Gov. Roy Cooper is calling for $130 million in the state budget to go toward student safety and mental health measures.

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