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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Local Interest
4:26 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

"Occupy Wilmington" Protests Outside Downtown Banks

Wilmington, NC – As "Occupy" movement protestors continue assembling across the globe, about 100 gathered in Wilmington, North Carolina for a demonstration on Saturday. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that the group lined a busy downtown corridor, sandwiched between Wells Fargo and Bank of America buildings, chanting to the beat of bongo drums as traffic bustled by.

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Local Interest
6:12 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Camp Lejeune Water: The Newest Study

At the same time, an act that would allow Lejeune veterans and family members to receive health care through the VA sits in a U.S. House committee.

Between 1957 and 1987, carcinogens like benzene were leaked into the wells on base. WHQR's

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Local Interest
5:49 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

NHCo. Drug Court Celebrates County Funding

WHQR's Michelle Bliss attended their most recent gathering as program leaders and participants celebrated the newly approved county funding that will keep drug treatment court alive for another year.

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Local Interest
10:53 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Volunteers Build Oyster Reefs in Hampstead

Oyster reefs built at the mouth of Mill's Creek
Alan Cradick Photography

WHQR's Michelle Bliss caught a boat ride to the mouth of Mill Creek to see those shells put to use.

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Local Interest
3:04 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

1,000 Marines Return to Camp Lejeune

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Local
6:00 am
Fri December 5, 2008

Southern Economic Commission on the Horizon

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina's unemployment rate is on par with the nation at 6.7% and economists and legislatures are gathering in Raleigh today to discuss forming an economic commission.

The Southeast Crescent Regional Economic Commission will include governors from seven southern states who will work to bring new jobs to areas hit hard by the economy.

Congressman Mike McIntyre helped get federal approval for the commission and says it will be modeled after the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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Election 2008
3:55 am
Tue November 4, 2008

Pender Election Officials Expect Evening Rush

Wilmington, NC – A line of about 50 voters waited outside the Hampstead Community Building this morning. Since then, there's been a trickle of voters, but no more than two or three waiting at a time.

Election official Bob Dennis says a rush is expected tonight, but most people voted early.

"We had in this precinct, 60% of the registered voters vote early. So, anything over that, I mean, the historic high nationally is 67%. We're definitely going to break that."

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Election 2008
12:55 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Straight Party Tickets Confuse NC Voters

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina uses machines made by Election Systems and Software.

Certain models were banned in Colorado last year because they misread or skipped ballots.

But New Hanover and Pender county election officials say the machines are accurate.

Pender County's Board of Elections Director Dennis Boyle says the problem so far has been straight party voting.

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Election 2008
4:46 am
Mon October 13, 2008

McCain Asks Wilmington Supporters to Fight Hard

Wilmington, NC –

Republican presidential candidate John McCain said today that his supporters must "fight for a new direction for our country."

McCain made his first public appearance in North Carolina since May.

He says that supporters need to have courage and fight for the Republican campaign since he is down in the polls.

"Let me give you the state of the race today: we have 22 days to go, we're six points down, the national media has written us off."

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Election 2008
12:09 am
Wed October 8, 2008

Sarah Palin Supporters Rally In Greenville

Sarah Palin

Wilmington, NC – The 8,000 seats in Minges Coliseum were flooded last night with supporters displaying Sarah Palin buttons and stickers on their "Read My Lipstick" T-shirts.

Throughout the night, crowd members waved "Drill Baby Drill" posters and sporadically burst into cheers, proclaiming "Nobama."

Among the topics mentioned, like the war in Iraq and domestic oil drilling, the economy was at the top of Palin's list.

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