Amy Jeffries

Daily News Editor

Amy is the Daily News Editor at WUNC in Chapel Hill where she manages day-to-day coverage of everything from gerrymandering to rogue emus.

She was most recently the editorial hand behind the Kansas News Service’s daily coverage of health, education, and state politics and the award-winning podcast, My Fellow Kansans.

Ahead of the launch of the Kansas News Service, Amy led a team of reporters collaborating on coverage of the 2016 elections in Kansas.

A Connecticut Yankee at home in the South, she majored in philosophy, of course, at Wesleyan University and got her master's in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.   

Previously, she headed the WRKF newsroom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where politics is a favored sport along with LSU athletics. She still cheers for the Tigers, though she has also become a fan of the Kansas City Royals, and is now following the Durham Bulls.

She has covered art in suburbia, striking public sector workers in South Africa, and the aftermath of hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.

She started her career in journalism at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and has edited and reported for Patch.com, GlobalPost, and the Associated Press.

Courtesy UNC-TV and NCDHHS


Governor Roy Cooper says he will ease some restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Starting Friday, a nightly curfew will be lifted and some businesses will be allowed to serve more people indoors. It will also be the first time that bars can serve a limited number of patrons indoors since the first restrictions were put in place nearly a year ago.

Monday marks the return of in person teaching at Wake County Public Schools. Students arrive at Davis Drive Elementary to temperature checks and health screenings in the carpool line.
Kate Medley / For WUNC

In a public briefing on Tuesday, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper strongly encouraged all schools in the state to offer some form of in-person learning for students. The statement comes as legislation that would mandate in-person learning moves through the General Assembly.   

Jessie Wardarski / AP Photo


A 30-bed emergency field hospital is being set up and staffed in Lenoir to deal with an overflow of COVID-19 patients in the region.

Daniel Schludi / Unsplash / Creative Commons

Updated at 6:10 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that North Carolina could receive a limited supply of a COVID-19 vaccine in as soon as two weeks. Hospital workers will be first in line to get it.

Small businesses in the East Gate Shopping Center in Chapel Hill.
Laura Candler

The pandemic is likely dampening the usual Black Friday excitement.

A High Point University survey this month found fewer North Carolinians are planning on shopping Friday than last year.


North Carolina state parks will open May 9.
NC Parks / Twitter

Almost every state park will be open Saturday.

Trails, restrooms, and boat ramps will be accessible again at 29 parks that had been closed under the governor's stay-at-home order which is now being eased.

N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen.
N.C. Department of Public Safety

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging North Carolinians to utilize telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic.

Agency Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said keeping chronic conditions under control could be especially important to prevent serious complications from COVID-19. And she urged residents who don't have insurance coverage to pursue it through Healthcare.gov.

The Durham Farmers' Market is closed due to coronavirus
Durham Farmers' Market

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel has shut down gyms and theaters as of 5 p.m. Friday, to curtail the spread of coronavirus.  

The mayor announced Friday afternoon that he would also be canceling the city's farmers' market for tomorrow. It just draws too big a crowd when health officials are urging people to keep a safe distance, he said.