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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Elections 2011
11:21 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington Mayoral Forum: Safer Streets

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, StarNews Columnist Si Cantwell asked the Wilmington mayoral candidates this question: "StarNews reader Judith Gebauer wants to know what each of you would do, if elected, to improve road safety in Wilmington, both in residential neighborhoods and along busy thoroughfares like College Road and Market Street."

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
11:19 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington City Council Forum: Closing Statements

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WHQR News Director and Moderator Michelle Bliss asked Wilmington City Council candidates for closing statements that: "Focus on what specifically you bring to the table and what unique traits make you the candidate to vote for."

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
11:17 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington City Council Forum: Attracting New Businesses

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, Wilmington resident John G. asked City Council candidates this question: "Many candidates run on the platform of creating jobs to really create jobs, what you're actually doing is making this an awesome place to be, so business owners will want to come here. How are you going to make this an awesome place to be?

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
11:14 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington City Council Forum: Doing the Research

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, Wilmington resident David Padgett asked City Council candidates this question to non-incumbents: "We have a representative form of government in Wilmington, it's not a city that's governed by referendum, so I suppose this question is a bit hypothetical. If a dozen of your constituents call you and express an opinion about a particular item that is not in sync with the information that you've gathered from all the material that you'll read in preparation for a meeting...how would you vote?"

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Elections 2011
11:09 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington City Council Forum: Budgeting & Annexation

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, Wilmington resident Jim B. asked City Council candidates this question: "Considering that annexation is no longer a viable option, what are the budget options?"

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
11:07 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington City Council Forum: City and County Relations

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WHQR Reporter Sara Wood asked the Wilmington City Council candidates this question: "The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County often work with each other to address the needs of the public. With that being said, how would you describe the current relationship between the city and the county, and what would you like to see done differently, if anything at all?"

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Elections 2011
11:04 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington City Council Forum: Raising Taxes

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WWAY Anchor Ramon Herrera asked the Wilmington City Council candidates this question "During these continued tough economic times, would you support raising taxes if that option was put on the table? Make sure to explain why or why not."

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
11:01 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington City Council Forum: Wasteful Spending

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WECT Anchor Jon Evans asked the Wilmington City Council candidates this question: "Have you gone through the city's most recent budget? If so, have you identified any of what you consider to be wasteful spending? Please identify."

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
10:48 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wilmington City Council Forum: Lessons on the Campaign Trail

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, StarNews Columnist Si Cantwell asked the City Council candidates this question: "StarNews reader John Hinnant of Wilmington Downtown, Incorporated wants to know what each candidate has learned while running for elected office that has been a surprise...something you didn't expect along the campaign trail."

 

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
8:08 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington City Council Race: Napier Fuller

Wilmington, NC – There are nine candidates running for three open seats on Wilmington City Council. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that one candidate, Napier Fuller, wants to create a public safety commission focused on long-term policing strategies.

A graduate of Hoggard High School, Fuller now works in downtown Wilmington for his family's business, Atlantic Brokerage, which owns and operates warehouses, none within city limits.

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