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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 18 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, the opioid epidemic, craft beer 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 he has been named the Radio Reporter of the Year by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas four different times. 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.

  • Public school teachers are leaving their careers at what appear to be alarming rates; one in five in Durham Public Schools and higher-than-normal rates in Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Wake.
  • A notable number of North Carolina public school teachers are leaving. In Durham one in five educators is departing, and other local districts are experiencing higher than usual turnover. On this episode of The Politics Podcast several teachers discuss their reasons for leaving the classroom, while others explain why they have stayed.
  • On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper signed a nearly $28 billion state budget into law. On this episode of The Politics Podcast, WUNC reporter Liz Schlemmer offers some analysis on the K-12 public education portion of the budget.
  • With Gov. Roy Cooper's signature, North Carolina now has a new state budget that includes significant investment in education, economic development, and transportation. The budget does not include Medicaid Expansion, though Cooper says legislators are "closer than ever to agreement" on that plan.
  • This week in North Carolina politics, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order related to abortion issues. Meanwhile, he did not yet act on the state budget, which the Legislature sent him a week ago. In our Friday review, Rob Schofield and Clark Riemer discuss those stories, America’s latest mass shooting, and the future of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Volunteers, staff, and prospective candidates worked to secure thousands of signatures so that the Green Party would have a spot on the 2022 North Carolina ballot. However, a couple of hundred of signatures were deemed fraudulent. And last week the state Board of Elections voted not to certify the party. On this episode of The Politics Podcast, Green Party member Matthew Hoh discusses how this happened and the challenges of a political system dominated by two parties.
  • This week in state politics, legislators debate a spending plan that sets aside billions, provides raises, and seeks to weather an inflation storm. Meanwhile at the U.S. Supreme Court, four justices agreed to hear a challenge related to the independence – and unchecked power – of state legislatures. In our Friday review, Donna King of the conservative Carolina Journal and Rob Schofield from the progressive NC Policy Watch review.
  • Republican legislative leaders have come to a budget deal. The nearly $28 billion proposal is expected to receive bipartisan backing by the end of the week. However, it does not include Medicaid expansion, likely leaving the governor less than thrilled. Meanwhile, the General Assembly short session is nearing a conclusion. WRAL Statehouse reporter Travis Fain stops by to size up the session, and talk about some pieces of legislation that are going nowhere.
  • WUNC's Jeff Tiberii and Dave DeWitt break down the biennial state budget
  • It was a busy week in Raleigh and on Capitol Hill. The NC General Assembly failed to advance a sports gambling measure, or some to any agreement on Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a century-old gun law out of New York, as U.S. Senators approved a narrow set of gun reforms. Rob Schofield and Clark Riemer discuss in our weekly politics review.Note: this segment was recorded prior to the SCOTUS ruling ending the constitutional right to abortion