Naomi Prioleau

Greensboro Reporter

Naomi Prioleau joined WUNC in January 2017 as the station's Greensboro Bureau reporter.

She moved from Tampa, Florida where she worked at NPR station WUSF 89.7 News covering everything from eight-hour long transportation meetings to Afro-Latinas struggling to identify themselves.

She began her journalism career as a teen reporter at the Kansas City Star. Her work has been published in The Tampa Tribune, the Florida Courier, the online magazine for the National Association of Black Journalists and the Marshall News Messenger in Texas.

When she’s not reporting, Naomi spends her time cooking delicious vegan food, traveling, working out or reading.

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Raul and Sandra Torres of High Point wanted to give themselves a retirement gift back in December 2019, so they purchased the Mendenhall-Blair House, a rustic, 200-year old farmhouse, for $460,000.

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It's March 31, 1992, and then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and California Governor Jerry Brown Jr. are both at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, debating education in urban America and sparring over tuition affordability — and gun control — just before the Democratic Party's presidential primaries.

Protesters in downtown Graham on July 12, 2020. Among other demands, they wanted the Confederate monument in front of the courthouse removed.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Protesters are drenched with sweat as they make the mile-and-a-half walk from Burlington to Graham on a hot July day.

These Black Lives Matter protesters are heading to the town square where they’re greeted with insults and Confederate flags from a group of mainly white counter protesters.

Led by Reverend Greg Drumwright, he advises them to ignore the counter protesters. He said it's more important to get their message out to the masses.

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is partnering with Native American tribes and two national organizations to increase access to literary resources.

Lynn Hey / For WUNC

In the time before COVID-19, people could go to the pool or a waterpark to cool off from the summer heat. But in the midst of a pandemic, those are no longer viable options. To make up for the lack of water-related activities, some cities are offering alternative ways to cool off this summer.

Vanecia Boone, left, and Brandy Hamilton prepare Boone's booth, Herbin Herbals for  Bountiful Land Food for All Farmers Market on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C.
Lynn Hey / For WUNC

On a hot Saturday morning in east Greensboro, customers loaded their vehicles with potatoes, herbs, corn, peaches, watermelon and other fresh produce after visiting a local farmers market.

The difference with the people purchasing these goods and the farmers selling them, is that they're all Black.

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With indicators of the COVID-19 outbreak in North Carolina trending in the wrong direction, Governor Roy Cooper hit pause on the state's reopening last week.

Some restaurants and eateries in Guilford County, where COVID-19 cases are on the rise, are closing their dining rooms again.

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Registering to vote is usually an interactive, interpersonal effort, where organizations host registration events at college campuses or churches. But in the time of pandemic, it's changed the way nonprofit organization are reaching potential voters.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper sits for an interview with WUNC in the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Cooper addressed the opiod crisis affecting the state.
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A new state criminal justice panel formed in the wake of George Floyd's killing had its first meeting this week. The North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice is charged with finding solutions to racial disparities in North Carolina's criminal justice system.

Protesters in downtown Graham hold a Black Lives Matter flag on July 1, 2020.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

On July 1, a warm and muggy evening, a group of about 50 people gathered in downtown Graham to protest police brutality and racism. Most who drove by raised a clenched fist or thumbs up in support. Some flashed a different finger and had a different message.

This group of protesters followed very specific instructions. They stayed only in their designated corner of the small downtown square, located about halfway between Durham and Greensboro. And they stayed behind orange cones that police said were there for their protection.

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Lynn Hey

Some people choose their life's path. For others, it’s seemingly chosen for them. For 19-year-old Afro-Latino Brayan Guevara, his career goals can clearly be traced to his family.

Guevara comes from a long line of educators; his mother is a college instructor and his grandparents were teachers in Honduras.

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Residents of Snow Camp, an unincorporated community in southern Alamance County, have taken legal action to demand that the county enforce the Heavy Industrial Development Ordinance. The ordinance regulates industrial land use for the health and safety of residential and commercial areas.

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A street mural with an anti-racist message will make its debut in Fayetteville after council members changed their minds about what slogans should be used.

Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

A group of faith leaders in Greensboro, known as the Pulpit Forum, has demands for its city amid protests against police brutality.

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners recently approved the use and purchase of a tactical vehicle for the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

Travis Bell, a dentist in Greensboro, said even though he closed his office in March, he's continued to work through the shutdown to provide emergency procedures to patients.
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Since the coronavirus was classified as a pandemic, it has changed how the dental industry operates.

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Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court sided with church leaders ⁠— and ruled against Gov. Roy Cooper's prohibition on in-person church gatherings. After Cooper chose not to pursue an appeal of the provisional restraining order, thousands of churchgoers returned to pews across the state.

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Little Brother Brewing is a small, boutique brewery owned by the Collie and McCoy families. Located in downtown Greensboro since 2017, the brewery has a regular menu of about nine beers, including "Jim's Lunch" - a stout American brew - and "The Big Slow" - a smoke bacon porter.

Virginia Hardy, East Carolina University vice chancellor of student affairs.
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East Carolina University celebrated graduation online Friday morning. It's one of a number of modified college graduation ceremonies taking place in the state this weekend.

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Brayan Guervara

For most people, going to Honduras for a month and a half during the summer seems like a dream come true.

However, for 19-year-old Brayan Guevara, it was like a prison sentence.

Medical student Claire Chen, right, takes a man's temperature while screening for possible coronavirus cases at a makeshift camp for the homeless Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Las Vegas.
John Locher / AP

Dr. Brian Klausner holds a special passion for providing medical care to homeless patients.

"The homeless community is just particularly vulnerable," said Klausner, medical director of WakeMed Community Population Health. "There is a lot of reason for concern."

As the coronavirus spreads throughout North Carolina, health experts like Klausner almost universally worry about how quickly COVID-19 could spread in homeless populations. Not only are those who suffer homelessness more susceptible to illness, but they also lack homes in which to shelter. If one person contracts the virus and then stays in a shelter, that person could easily spread the virus to others in that shelter.

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Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

Home Improvement store Lowes says it will limit the number of customers who can enter a store at one time. That decision comes about a week after Governor Roy Cooper's stay-home order, and after many stores saw large crowds of shoppers.

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Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper's statewide stay-at-home order went into effect earlier this week. That presents a particular problem for the 9,000 North Carolinians who make up the state's homeless population.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Rockingham County announced it signed an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement that will assist the agency in deporting undocumented immigrants.

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 presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar greets the crowd ahead of her panel discussion in Greensboro, N.C. Thursday.
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Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar campaigned in North Carolina for the first time on Thursday.

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Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

In the brightly lit Best Diner in Greensboro, a group of black voters discuss their thoughts about the upcoming presidential election.

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Greensboro Police Department

After a national search, Greensboro hired a new police chief from within the department's ranks. Chief Brian James, who formally began his new role on Feb. 1, is hosting a series of community meetings to start his tenure.

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Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

Sixty years ago, four North Carolina A&T State University students walked into the Woolworth's Department Store in downtown Greensboro.

The city of Greensboro is planning to spend $500,000 on a mental-health response program to assist city staff and police. However, some argue there isn't a need to spend so much on it.

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