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Jeff Tiberii

Jeff Tiberii

Capitol Bureau Chief/ Host, "WUNCPolitics Podcast"

Jeff Tiberii first started posing questions to strangers after dinner at La Cantina Italiana, in Massachusetts, when he was two-years-old. Jeff grew up in Wayland, Ma., an avid fan of the Boston Celtics, and took summer vacations to Acadia National Park (ME) with his family.  He graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and moved to North Carolina in 2006. His experience with NPR member stations WAER (Syracuse), WFDD (Winston-Salem) and now WUNC, dates back 15 years. 

He works in the Capitol Bureau at the NC General Assembly. Jeff started at WUNC as the Greensboro Bureau Chief, in September of 2011. He has reported on a range of topics, including higher education, the military, federal courts, politics, coal ash, aviation, craft beer, opiate addiction and college athletics.

His work has been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, Here & Now, 1A and the BBC. His work has been recognized with seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and for the last three years he has been named Radio Reporter of the Year by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. He loves to travel and would one day like to live and work abroad.

If you have a story, question or thought find him at or @J_tibs.

  • Photo ID is still not required to vote in North Carolina. Host Jeff Tiberii and WUNC reporter Rusty Jacobs break down the latest court ruling, including how the judges ruled last week, what role the history of racial discrimination played, and where the litigation goes next.
  • Jeff Tiberii speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the North Carolina State epidemiologist from 2002 through 2009, and the state health director from 2009 to 2012, about North Carolina's history with vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.
  • WUNC's Jeff Tiberii hosts a conversation with Becki Gray from the conservative John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield with the progressive NC Policy Watch about personal freedom vs public health/Covid vaccines and the scheduling of redistricting public forums on Yom Kippur.
  • In this week's review of political news, host Jeff Tiberii discusses President Joe Biden's six-pronged approach in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, an e-cigarette maker's plans to open a research facility in Durham, and reflections twenty years after September 11th with Clark Riemer and Aisha Dew.
  • Two separate shooting incidents at North Carolina high schools in recent days have left many unanswered questions, adding to an already significant strain of public-school anxiety, and to diverging opinions about safety, bullying, possible gang involvement and guns in school. Host Jeff Tiberii speaks with Ben Schachtman, the News Director at WHQR in Wilmington; and Paul Garber, a reporter at WFDD in Winston-Salem, about what is known about the shootings at New Hanover High School and Mount Tabor High School.
  • Host Jeff Tiberii looks at the lack of progress with the state budget - and who that may benefit - with Aisha Dew from the progressive organization Higher Heights, and Becki Gray from the conservative John Locke Foundation. They also discuss Rep. Madison Cawthorn's latest inaccurate and inflammatory comments and whether a Texas-like abortion law could ever come to North Carolina.
  • Host Jeff Tiberii looks at how the General Assembly has done in the 2021 long session with longtime political reporter Colin Campbell, formerly with the News and Observer and The Insider, and now at BusinessNC Magazine.
  • Host Jeff Tiberii speaks with Jordan Wilkie, a reporter with Carolina Public Press who covers election integrity, open government, and civil liberties, about the legal ruling in the CSI v. Moore lawsuit that enfranchises tens of thousands of North Carolina citizens.
  • Host Jeff Tiberii looks at the week in North Carolina politics with Rob Schofield and Becki Gray.
  • Sample an episode of WUNC's new podcast CREEP, all about the creatures invading our state and region. Learn more at