Lisa Philip

Education Reporter

Before joining WUNC as the station's education reporter, Lisa Philip covered schools in Howard County, Maryland for the Baltimore Sun newspapers. She traveled from school playgrounds to the state legislature, writing about everything from a Girl Scout friendship bench project to a state investigation into local school officials' alleged hiding of public records.

Lisa initially became interested in education reporting while working for an after school music education program in five Baltimore City schools. In her former life, she trained and worked as a professional violist and arts administrator. She has been telling stories since age 5, when she wrote and (poorly) illustrated her first book, "Mary and the Key Lime Pie."

Lisa left WUNC in May 2019.

Lisa Philip / WUNC

Almost every day, 27-year-old Aubree Waddell takes her two youngest kids to the public library in Garner, to keep them busy. Today she’s sitting at a little table in the kids’ section with her baby daughter in her arms. Waddell’s four-year-old son, Micah is trying to read with his baby sister.

Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Thousands of educators and their supporters from across North Carolina are filling the streets of downtown Raleigh today to demand greater financial investment in public schools from the state legislature. The demonstration comes two days after the House revealed its draft budget for the state, which does not meet most of the marchers' demands.

Demonstrators today held signs with messages for lawmakers, including "They say cut back, we say fight back," and "Don't make me use my teacher voice."

Police guard the pedestal where the Silent Sam statue once stood on UNC's campus during a protest on Dec. 3, 2018.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Leadership of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are close to finalizing the roster of a new campus safety committee.

A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville.
Zen Sutherland / Flickr / www.flickr.com/photos/zen/1796555301/

Updated at 4:50 p.m.

Duke Energy Corp. has been ordered to excavate coal ash from all of its North Carolina power plant sites, slashing the risk of toxic chemicals leaking into water supplies but potentially adding billions of dollars to the costs consumers pay.

Harry Smith, center, was elected as the new UNC Board of Governors chairman.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

University of North Carolina Board of Governors member Steve Long has apologized for comments he made earlier this week disparaging the leadership of his chairman, Harry Smith. At a full meeting of the board at Appalachian State University in Boone on Friday, Long said he should have come directly to Smith with his concerns.

Lisa Philip / WUNC

A member of the UNC Board of Governors is calling for the ousting of the board’s chairman, Harry Smith, saying his continued leadership will further damage the state’s public university system.

Victor Zelentsov / NASA

A North Carolina native is set to launch to the International Space Station today. She's part of a team scheduled to make the first all-female spacewalk.

NC Attorney General Josh Stein.
Courtesy of Matt Bush at Blue Ridge Public Radio

State legislators are considering new measures to deter and punish child sexual abuse. A bill filed in the Senate would extend the statute of limitations for such crimes – and expand reporting requirements.

Attorney General Josh Stein said the legislation aims to protect children wherever they are.

Data source: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics / Whitney Tucker, NC Child

Researchers are warning of the consequences of undercounting young Latino children in next year's census, especially in North Carolina. By some estimates, Latinos make up about 1 in 5 children in the state. A lot hinges on an accurate census count, from political representation to billions of dollars in federal funding.

A sign in support of the Silent Sam statue rests near the monument on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 as hundreds of protesters gathered in opposition of the statue.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

The board governing North Carolina's public universities is giving itself more time to decide the fate of a Confederate statue toppled by protesters.

Juli Leonard / The News & Observer Pool

Republican Mark Harris has announced that he will not run in a new election in North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District. His decision comes after state election officials conducted an investigation into the Harris campaign for hiring an operative who allegedly harvested absentee ballots. At the end of a hearing last week, the State Board of Elections ordered a new election for the district's U.S. house seat.

Child Health Report Card 2019 / NC Child and North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among kids in North Carolina ages 10 to 17, according to a report out today from the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and advocacy group NC Child.

Leigh Bordley, LEAP's executive director, admires an airplane a preschool student built out of toys.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

It's 10 o'clock on a Tuesday morning at the LEAP Academy's Nuestra Escuelita, in Durham. That means it's music time. A circle of three- and four-year-olds dance and sing songs.

"Don Alfredo, baila," they sing, their little arms and legs moving in half-coordinated gestures. "Baila, baila, baila!"

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UNC-Chapel Hill’s new leader has denounced yearbook photos from the 1970s depicting fraternity members from the university dressed in blackface. The photos surfaced yesterday and have since caused outrage on social media.

Lisa Philip / WUNC

Carol Folt steps down today as chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill, a role she's held for six years. Her replacement has not yet been announced.

Lisa Philip / WUNC

Dozens of UNC-Chapel Hill students gathered at the Carolina Union yesterday to say goodbye to  Chancellor Carol Folt, who steps down tomorrow.

Activists gathered in downtown Chapel Hill on Jan. 15, 2019 to celebrate the removal of the Silent Sam pedestal.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

Activists gathered Tuesday night for what they called a victory party across the street from the now-empty ground on which the Confederate statue known as "Silent Sam" once stood. Attendees chatted over free pizza and Kendrick Lamar’s "Humble."

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.

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

Members of the UNC Chapel Hill faculty are trying to secure a say in new deliberations about Silent Sam, the Confederate monument protesters tore down from the campus last August. But it’s unclear whether or not, and to what extent, they will be given one.

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

Some UNC Chapel Hill graduate students are asking their classmates to boycott upcoming meetings with a university dean.

The entrance to the Wake County Public Schools administration office.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Public school enrollment in Wake County grew by just 42 students this year. That's nearly 2,000 students less than county officials had projected. The decline in growth is in line with trends seen across the state and country.

Houston Kidd takes a break from his job as a naval recruiter to read from his children's book, Willow The Water Bear, which was recently selected to be read by an astronaut at the International Space Station.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

On a sunny December day, Houston Kidd sits in an empty computer lab at the U.S. naval office near N.C. State, where he recently started working as a recruiter. Kidd is dressed in camouflage fatigues, reading from his first and only book, so far, Willow the Water Bear.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham is part of the University of North Carolina System.
NCSSM

For students at the North Carolina School of Science and Math, the future is now. An alum has given $2 million to start an artificial intelligence and machine learning program at the public boarding school in Durham.

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

A showdown is mounting between UNC- Chapel Hill officials and some university faculty and graduate students over the fate of Silent Sam.

Lisa Philip / WUNC

An overwhelming majority of state-run prisons in North Carolina lack air conditioning for all inmates. 

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

Four-thousand more children in North Carolina went uninsured in 2017 than in the previous year. That's as the number of children around the country without health insurance went up for the first time in a decade, according to a recent analysis from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.

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.

Lisa Philip / WUNC

On a recent Wednesday outside Kingswood Elementary School in Cary, a teacher tells onlookers to step back as water comes gushing out of a pump. A couple of fifth graders collect some of it into watering cans.

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

UNC-Chapel Hill trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to support a new student fee that would help fund the renovation and repair of campus buildings. Historically, the state has footed the bill for such maintenance.

The 'Silent Sam' memorial on UNC's Chapel Hill campus is fenced off on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in advance of a planned rally at the site.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

The UNC-Chapel Hill trustees have a little more time to figure out a plan for Silent Sam. Their proposal for the Confederate monument was originally due to the UNC Board of Governors on Nov. 15, but the trustees requested and were granted a later deadline.

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