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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5:18 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Scotty McCreery Headlining Azalea Festival

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery performs at the 2011 Walmart shareholders meeting. McCreery will headline Wilmington's Azalea Festival in April.

The headliner for this year’s Azalea Festival has been announced. Country singer Scotty McCreery will perform at UNCW’s Trask Coliseum on April 13th.

McCreery is a Garner, North Carolina native who won the American Idol television competition last year.

The Azalea Festival has been a Wilmington tradition since 1948 and a recent study by UNCW researchers found that the event has a $50 million impact on the local economy. This year, the festival runs from April 11th to 15th.

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4:52 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Growth at the Ports: Wilmington Sees More Agricultural Shipments

Aerial view of the port of Wilmington

North Carolina’s ports saw increased shipment volumes last year. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that container movements were up 11 percent over 2010 and general breakbulk cargo amounts increased by 8 percent.

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7:27 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Chairman Davis Delivers State of NHCo. Address

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ted Davis, Jr. delivered his State of the County address Monday night in downtown Wilmington.

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Local
4:29 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

NC Dropout Rate Down

Pender High School

The dropout rate for North Carolina saw a marked decrease last school year. 

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Local
6:14 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

NHCo. Sheriff to Run Animal Control Services

NHCo. Sheriff Ed McMahon at Wednesday's press conference announcing his office's plan to run Animal Control Services.
New Hanover County

New Hanover County’s Animal Control Services will soon fall under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office.

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Local
6:06 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Leland Police Chief Fired

Leland’s Police Chief Timothy Jayne has been fired.

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Local
5:59 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Opposing Sides Weigh in on Titan America Study

The site of Titan America's proposed cement plant as viewed from the Cape Fear River. The area once housed the Ideal plant.

The Southern Environmental Law Center presented a study in Wilmington last week by ICF International about the potential health risks of air emissions by Titan America’s proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne.

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Local
4:51 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Wilmington City Council to Vote on Exploring Baseball Stadium, Convention Center Hotel

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo made two major announcements at a press conference at City Hall Tuesday regarding agenda items that city council will consider at next week’s meeting.

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6:22 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Mayor Saffo Delivers State of the City Address

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo spoke last night at City Hall downtown to deliver his State of the City Address.

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4:30 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Brian Berger Arrested Again, Judge Orders Mental Health Evaluation

Mug shot of NHCo. Commissioner Brian Berger
NHCo. Sheriff's Office

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has been arrested again.

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