The Stories That Captured Your Attention In 2020
2020 was a year like no other, with the headlines and news stories to match. Between a global pandemic, the U.S. election, and protests following the killing of George Floyd, there was an abundance of critical coverage to follow. To mark the end of this tumultuous time, we’re revisiting the stories that captured your attention in 2020. Many of you were struck by a frank conversation between a Black anti-racist educator and her young son, you learned about how evictions continued in some North Carolina counties in the midst of the pandemic, and you caught up with everything you needed to know about voting in North Carolina ahead of Election Day.
Top coronavirus stories
"It's the first known American death from the outbreak, which has been declared an emergency by the World Health Organization."
By: Leoneda Inge, WUNC
"A COVID-19-related workplace dispute is brewing between a former lottery host and Raleigh-based television station WRAL."
By: Rusty Jacobs, WUNC
"Even as the number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina climbs – and local governments begin issuing stay-at-home orders to contain further spread of the pathogen – evictions continue in some counties."
Top stories on race, protests, police
By: Liz Schlemmer, WUNC
"It's a little rough being a kid right now, especially during this time, because I always feel like something's watching me. And it's about to shoot me... I just feel scared."
By: Will Michaels, WUNC
"The unit includes a detective, three officers and three social workers who could field requests for assistance in mental health crises or issues involving homelessness."
By: Naomi Prioleau and Jason deBruyn, WUNC
"Protesters are drenched with sweat as they make the mile-and-a-half walk from Burlington to Graham on a hot July day.
These Black Lives Matter protesters are heading to the town square where they’re greeted with insults and Confederate flags from a group of mainly white counter protesters."
Top election stories
By: Tom Fiedler and AVL Watchdog, BPR
"Charismatic, telegenic, social media-savvy and deeply rooted in the region, the Hendersonville native reveled in the national news reports that, if elected, he would become one of the youngest people ever sent to Congress and a bridge to his party's future."
By: Rusty Jacobs and Mitchell Northam, WUNC
"The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted legislation to ease absentee-by-mail voting this year and to make polls safer for in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic."
More top stories
By: Kate Medley for WUNC
"Around the Triangle, people enjoyed state parks and open spaces this weekend, as the state transitioned from a stay-at-home order to Phase 1 of easing of certain COVID-19 restrictions. Officials say they are monitoring data as residents continue to embrace a phased-in reopening of businesses."
By: Kaia Findlay and Anita Rao, WUNC
"Dana Saxon was diagnosed with depression in 2002. She tried Prozac. She tried therapy. For 15 years, nothing seemed to work.
Finally, after living in the Netherlands for a few years, she decided to try an alternative therapy: magic mushrooms."
By: Dana Terry and Frank Stasio, WUNC
"In 2013, Jefferies became the first African American female Black Hawk pilot in the North Carolina Army National Guard. She graduated from UNC and went on to get a master’s degree in counseling from UNC Greensboro. Today, she serves as the medevac detachment commander of North Carolina’s only unit where she helps rescue people from emergencies or disasters."