Michelle Bliss

After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.

Michelle left WHQR in April 2012 to pursue her writing career.

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5:53 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Oak Island Mayoral Race Heats Up

Election Day is a week away and the WHQR News Team is talking to the candidates for a few heated mayoral races across the Cape Fear region.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that a top concern for Oak Island residents this election season is the growing cost of water and sewer services after the town’s waste water project jumped from $67 million to $150 million. 

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Local
5:17 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Participants Honored Before Wilmington Triathlon

More than 1,800 athletes will be competing in the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon in Wilmington tomorrow. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that the event includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run across the Cape Fear Region. 

Among the athletes, PPD chose a handful of competitors to present with “Hero Awards” this week. Recipient Kristen Adelman from Colorado is a four-time non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. She’s on a mission to let other cancer victims know that PPD’s clinical trials saved her life.

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Local
2:00 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Iron Man 3 Coming to Wilmington

The third installment of the Iron Man movie series will begin filming in Wilmington early next year, bringing 550 jobs to the region. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that Governor Bev Perdue announced Thursday that Marvel Studios chose North Carolina over several competing states.

North Carolinabeat out California, New Mexico, and Michigan, along with Canada, for the production. Perdue says that sealing this deal keeps the state’s film industry relevant to Hollywood studios. She also says that even though film jobs aren’t permanent, Iron Man will have a lasting effect on the area.

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Local
11:35 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Cannon Recovered from Blackbeard's Flagship

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A team of archeologists pulled a 1-ton, nearly 3-hundred-year-old cannon from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that recovering the cannon is just the first step in a conservation process that will span many years.

Blackbeard’s ship sank off the coast of North Carolina near Beaufort in 1718. After nearly three centuries underwater, the cannon is covered with thick masses of sand, salt, and sea creatures.

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Elections 2011
11:43 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington Mayoral Candidates Discuss Public Safety

Wilmington, NC – Mayoral candidates gathered for an election forum last night at WHQR where media panelists and audience members asked the candidates questions on a variety of issues. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that public safety downtown was a large topic of debate.

Incumbent Mayor Bill Saffo says the city council has done everything it can to hold the line on public safety in the face of tight budgets. He says the police department is doing a good job.

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Elections 2011
11:30 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington Mayoral Forum: Incentives

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WECT Anchor Jon Evans asked the Wilmignton mayoral candidates this question: "Wilmington is getting ready to hand over its final payment of incentives to Verizon, $125,000 a year. Do you think that was a good deal, and where do you favor incentives if you indeed favor them to lure in business?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

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Elections 2011
11:29 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington Mayoral Forum: The Future of CFPUA

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, StarNews Columnist Si Cantwell asked the mayoral candidates this question: "There's talk among some city council candidates of abolishing the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority do you support that idea? How would that change affect the City of Wilmington and its residents?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

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Elections 2011
11:27 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington Mayoral Forum: Public Safety

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WHQR Reporter Sara Wood asked the Wilmington mayoral candidates this question: "Late-night crime is a continuing public safety issue in downtown Wilmington. How will you tackle this problem in a new way to keep residents safe?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

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Elections 2011
11:25 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington Mayoral Forum: A Mayor's Greatest Responsibility

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WWAY Anchor Ramon Herrera asked the Wilmington mayoral candidates this question: "What do you think is the greatest responsibility of a mayor?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

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Elections 2011
11:24 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington Mayoral Forum: Annexation & Sales Tax

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WECT Anchor Jon Evans asked the Wilmignton mayoral candidates this question: "Annexation supporters often say the alternative to increase revenue is a more equal distribution of sales tax between New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington. Is this a battle worth fighting?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

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