Jessica Ferrer

Past Undergraduate News Intern

Jessica is a junior at UNCW pursuing a B.A. in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She worked on an audio project similar to NPR's StoryCorps over the summer where she interviewed mentors and their mentees on the UNCW campus. This project inspired her to work more with public radio and the media. She is also a contributing writer for the school's newspaper, The Seahawk. Jessica loves her job as a resident assistant, trying out new restaurants, working out so she can keep eating at new restaurants, and bringing news to the community.


4:59 am
Thu April 25, 2013

NC House bill to clarify public defender fees owed by convicted criminals

Under North Carolina law, convicted criminals are only responsible for paying back attorney fees during their probation and if the probation is terminated. House Bill 388 would add those whose probation term expired as well.

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1:15 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

New bill, Healthy Marriage Act, could make potential changes to the current divorce laws in NC

Jonata, Wikimedia Commons

It could take longer for a married couple to get a divorce in North Carolina. Instead of a one year waiting period, three senators have introduced a bill -- the Healthy Marriage Act -- that will change it to two years.

In addition to waiting an extra year to be divorced, a couple would have to complete courses on improving communication skills and conflict resolution. These courses would not have to be completed together.

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5:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Goolsby's death penalty bill opposed by NC professors

Over 70 university professors from across North Carolina have signed a letter opposing a bill that will make amendments to the state’s death penalty law. Republican Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County is the primary sponsor of the bill. His bill would lift the moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina. WHQR’s Jessica Ferrer reports that it would also overturn the Racial Justice Act, a law enacted to investigate the impact of racial bias in capital sentencing.

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5:09 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Local conference spotlights diversity and inclusion in business

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

UNC Wilmington recently hosted an all-day conference called Diversity: A Competitive Advantage to talk about the impact of inclusion in businesses.  Panelists who explored The Business Case for Diversity say that hiring diverse workers isn’t enough if there’s not inclusion as well.

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5:22 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Problem solving and learning take the stage in a local celebration of National Engineers Week

Teachers sing and dance to an engineering problem-solving song

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, there will be eight million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math in this country by 2018.

The Rachel Freeman School of Engineering focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education that would build an aptitude for these jobs. The school’s partnership with GE-Hitachi helped participants celebrate National Engineers Week with activities and presentations.  

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4:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Immigration reform could impact local economy


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Immigration reform is making its way through Congress, and the North Carolina AFL-CIO is taking notice. The union workers’ group held a news conference in Raleigh recently to talk about their support for immigration reform.

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3:14 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed state legislation may pave way for safety marshals on public school grounds

Senator Stan Bingham

Republican state Senator Stan Bingham is proposing legislation that would allow NC public schools to have trained safety marshals on school grounds.

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4:04 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Donn Ansell honored with room dedication at Hannah Block Community Arts Center

(L) John Staton of the Star News, (R) Donn Ansell on the eve of the First Annual Wilmington Theater Awards

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If the walls could talk at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, they might be thanking Donn Ansell, too.

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5:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

NHC Commissioner Candidate Profile: Stephen Vosnock

As a lifelong resident of New Hanover County, Stephen Vosnock says he pays attention to county issues and is hoping to take that involvement to the government level.

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5:51 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

CFCC Offers First Woodturning Class

Making a goblet was one of several projects for the first woodturning class at Cape Fear Community College.

Tiny wood shavings are finding their way into Cape Fear Community College and they aren’t being tracked in by students’ shoes.

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