Elizabeth Baier

Digital News Editor

Elizabeth “Liz” Baier is WUNC’s Digital News Editor. She joined the station in May 2016 after eight year of reporting for Minnesota Public Radio News where she covered everything from demographic changes in rural America, agriculture, the environment and health care. Prior to that, Liz worked for six years as a newspaper reporter in South Florida, both at the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Epic Games' headquarters in Cary, North Carolina.
Sergey Galyonkin / Wikimedia Commons

Epic Games is moving its headquarters to the Cary Towne Center. The company announced the purchase of the building on Sunday. 

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Senior Associate Justice Paul Martin Newby
Courtesy North Carolina Judicial Branch

Updated at 2:30 p.m.

Elections officials will recount votes in the race for North Carolina's Supreme Court chief justice. The statewide recount will begin later this week and must be completed by next Wednesday.

Rally goers stop at East Parrish St. and North Church St. in downtown Durham on Wed., November 4, 2020.
Jay Price / WUNC

More than 200 people marched around downtown Durham Wednesday afternoon calling for a proper tally of all ballots cast in Tuesday's election.

Absentee ballot north carolina election
Gerry Broome / AP

State elections officials say they will continue to count votes as local elections boards process remaining mail-in and provisional ballots that are delivered by the Postal Service through Nov. 12, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell confirmed unaccounted absentee ballots are still at 117,000.

As of Wednesday afternoon, counting of all votes was complete, and Trump held a narrow lead over Biden.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., celebrates with his wife Susan, at a election night rally Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Mooresville, N.C.
Chris Carlson / AP

Updated at 2:40 a.m. on 11/4/2020

It was too soon to call North Carolina's U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham early Wednesday, with many votes yet to be counted.

Tillis, a first-term senator, led Cunningham by nearly 97,000 votes from among more than 5.4 million votes counted in the unofficial tally. There were still up to 117,000 outstanding mail-in absentee ballots and an unknown number of provisional ballots cast.

Protesters march through the streets of downtown Raleigh on Aug. 28, 2020, in support of Black lives and against police brutality.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Updated at 10:32 a.m. Aug. 29, 2020

Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Raleigh Friday night to denounce police violence and the recent killings of Black Americans. Protesters marched peacefully for about three hours carrying signs with slogans including "Abolish the Police" and "Black Lives Matter."

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Updated at 4:18 p.m.

Effective Wednesday, UNC Chapel Hill will move all undergraduate classes to remote learning.

A screengrab of a video released on Aug. 5, 2020 that shows the events that led up to the December death of John Neville, an inmate in the Forsyth County Jail.
Forsyth County Sheriff

Officials released videos today that show the events that led up to the December death of John Neville, an inmate in the Forsyth County Jail. According to an autopsy report, he died by positional and compressional asphyxia during face-down restraint.

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at 9:40 a.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Isaias over the Bahamas
NOAA via AP

Updated at 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 2

A state of emergency is in effect for much of North Carolina as Tropical Storm Isiais approaches. The brunt of the storm is expected to hit the piedmont and coastal plane late Monday and into Tuesday.

Protesters march through downtown Raleigh on Saturday, May 30, 2020 to denouce the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Peyton Sickles / For WUNC

Updated at 8:34 a.m.

More than 1,000 protesters walked through downtown Raleigh Saturday evening to denounce the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Some carried signs that said "I can't breathe" and "Racism is not patriotism." Others chanted "No justice, No peace."

Despite a rainy afternoon, LaDonna Clark hands out a candidate brochure at Parkside Elementary School in Morrisville, NC, on March 3, 2020.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Dozens of nominations for federal, state government and legislative seats appeared on primary ballots below the high-profile choices for president that brought massive candidate operations and advertising to North Carolina in recent weeks.

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS / CDC

Updated at 9:02 a.m. 3/5/2020

 UNC-Chapel Hill is expanding university affiliated travel restrictions to Washington State, California and Japan as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper (left) will face Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (right) in the November general election.
Ben McKeown for WUNC / AP

Updated 10 p.m.

Three North Carolina members of Congress with challengers from their own party this year all won primaries on Tuesday.

Clinical support technician Douglas Condie extracts viruses samples as analytic work continues to examine the genetic structure of a virus in the coronavirus testing laboratory at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020.
Jane Barlow / AP

A state health task force is encouraging North Carolinians to be prepared for the potential spread of the new coronavirus in the United States. 

In this July 26, 2017 photo, a member of the gallery tries to display her sign while lawmakers convene during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C.
Gerry Broome / AP

Updated at 8:50 p.m.

North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain.

Kay Hagan
Gerry Broome / AP

Updated at 9:11 p.m.

Kay Hagan, a former bank executive who rose from a budget writer in the North Carolina Legislature to a seat in the U.S. Senate, died Monday. She was 66.

UNC Hospital
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Officials with UNC Health Care on Monday announced several initiatives they say will restore confidence in its pediatric heart surgery program, including pausing the most complex cases until an advisory board of external medical experts reviews the program and makes recommendations.

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has a new interim chancellor.

A photo take on Jan. 15, 2019 shows the site of the former Silent Sam statue and pedestal. University officials removed the pedestal last night.
David Brower / WUNC

Updated 2:45 p.m.

The University of North Carolina's Board of Governors on Tuesday voted to make UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt's resignation effective Jan. 31. She had planned on stepping down after spring graduation.

Graduate student Lindsay Ayling speaks to a couple dozens activists about outgoing Chancellor Carol Folt's decision to remove the Silent Sam pedestal from campus.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Updated at 8:30 p.m.

North Carolina's flagship public university plans to remove the pedestal where a now-toppled Confederate statue once stood on a main campus quad, its chancellor said Monday.

Protesters crowd around the entrance of the UNC Center for Leadership Development where the Board of Governors will meet this morning to discuss the fate of a controversial Confederate monument known as Silent Sam.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Updated 3:20 p.m.

The board overseeing North Carolina's public universities has rejected the UNC Trustees' plan for a center to house a Confederate statue known as Silent Sam on the Chapel Hill campus.

Madeline Moore throws snowballs Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Greensboro, N.C.
Lynn Hey / For WUNC

Updated 12:25 p.m. | Dec. 10, 2018

North Carolina has seen a year's worth of snow in little more than a day, according to Governor Roy Cooper.

A photo take on December 2, 2018 shows barricades surrounding the pedestal where the Silent Sam statue once stood.
Alex Kolyer / For WUNC

Updated 1:10 p.m.

Officials with the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees have approved a plan to recommend a new on-campus history center to house Silent Sam, the Confederate monument that was toppled by protesters earlier this year.

The entrance of the Brown Recreation Center in Greensboro as voters prepared to cast a ballot in this year's Midterm Elections.
Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

Updated at 7:15 p.m.

Voting hours will be extended at precinct sites in two North Carolina counties.

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Updated 7:25 p.m. | Nov. 6, 2018

The Orange Water and Sewage Authority has lifted a boil water advisory for most of its Chapel Hill and Carrboro customers, according to a press release.

Customers in three Carrboro locations have been directly notified that they still must boil water before consuming it.

UNC System President Margaret Spellings has resigned as president of the University of North Carolina.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

Updated at 1:52 p.m. |Oct. 26, 2018

Margaret Spellings - a former education secretary to President George W. Bush - has resigned as president of the University of North Carolina.

Jordan Denoia, 21, moved to Wilmington in August to work as a certified nursing assistant at a local nursing home. She lost her job after the storm and has lived in a Red Cross shelter since September 20.
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Tammy Short and her family moved to Wilmington from Gastonia three weeks before Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina. She had landed a job at a tourist shop; her 25-year-old son had found work at a local diner. They were living at the Carolina Beach Campground while they figured out their next steps in their new city.

Hurricane Florence wiped all that away.

Crews with the NYC Emergency Management perform water rescues in River Bend, N.C., after Hurricane Florence on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.
Courtesy of NYC Emergency Management

Updated at 4:45 p.m.

Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but surges and flooding are expected to continue as it lashes South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.
Chuck Burton / AP

Updated 5 p.m. | Sept. 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 mph (165 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

New Confederate States of America members pray at the fallen Silent Sam statue as protesters continue to chant against them on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

Updated 9:30 p.m. | Sept. 8, 2018

A protest of the Confederate-era monument known as Silent Sam on the University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus led to injuries and the arrest of some protesters Saturday afternoon.

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