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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Titan America received its state air permit Wednesday after a nearly four-year application process. 

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North Carolina’s election filing closed Wednesday at noon. Statewide, 13 contenders have entered the ring for a shot at the governor's post. 

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning residents about identity thieves who are filing tax returns in order to claim another person’s refund. 

Two members of the Wrightsville Beach Police Department have been reprimanded while a third resigned Tuesday morning.


Even though the North Carolina Governor’s School program was cut from the state budget, alumni and other partners have banded together to raise more than $700,000.


While the cost of college tuition continues to rise, South Brunswick High School has launched a pilot program for the state’s Career and College Promise initiative to help high school students earn college credit early.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted Friday to increase tuition across the state system by an average of nearly 9 percent. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that UNCW students will see a 9.2 percent hike in the fall.


Three school buildings in Wilmington were put on lockdown for about an hour this morning. New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies secured Hoggard High School on Shipyard Boulevard, along with Roland-Grise Middle School and the learning center adjacent to Roland-Grise.

Sergeant Jerry Brewer says the lockdown was in response to a bomb threat at a nearby Liberty Healthcare building on South 41st Street. Once the police checked the area and cleared the threat, the three school buildings were reopened around noon. 

Governor Bev Perdue joined a meeting of principals and school counselors in Wilmington Thursday to, as WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports, discuss the county’s new strategies for lowering the dropout rate and helping kids flip that tassel.  

More than 37 miles of primary and secondary roads in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties will soon be resurfaced.