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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6:00 am
Fri December 30, 2011

#1 News Story of 2011: Redistricting

The Department of Justice approved North Carolina’s redrawn district maps last month, but court proceedings for a pair of lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of those changes have just begun.

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5:00 am
Fri December 30, 2011

#2 News Story of 2011: Municipal Elections

 

Voters came out to the polls for this year’s municipal elections as SBI investigations were underway in Oak Island and Carolina Beach.

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7:28 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

2011 was a Good Year for...CFCC's Marine Tech program

Marine Technology student Taylor Flannery steering a 26-foot Navy motor whaleboat for her Boat Handling and Seamanship exam.

With the end of 2011, WHQR is taking a look at some of the people, places, and products that have had a good year, despite the down economy. 

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that after surviving state budget cuts, the marine technology program at Cape Fear Community College is still afloat, teaching many of its lessons from offshore classrooms.

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1:00 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

#3 News Story of 2011: Titan America

 

Three years after announcing its plans to operate a cement plant in Castle Hayne, Titan America is still waiting to hear a final decision regarding an air permit from the state Division of Air Quality.

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8:49 am
Thu December 29, 2011

#4 News Story of 2011: Defense of Marriage Act

Number four on WHQR’s top ten news story countdown for all of 2011 is the passage of the Defense of Marriage act by the state legislature.

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12:00 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

#5 News Story of 2011: The Economy

North Carolina’s unemployment rate grew from November of 2010 to last month, and the state remains nearly 1.5 percent above the national rate.

While more than 10 percent of North Carolinians are still out of work, state budget cuts are digging into key services, an issue that WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports has made it to #5 on our 2011 news story countdown.

This summer, state lawmakers went back and forth over what to cut from North Carolina’s $19.7 billion budget.

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1:00 am
Wed December 28, 2011

#6 News Story of 2011: Camp Lejeune Water Study

As we continue WHQR’s countdown of top news stories in 2011, we’ve come to #6—the ongoing study of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that as many as one million people who lived and worked aboard Camp Lejeune from the 1950’s to the 1980’s may have been exposed to the tainted water.

This year, federal scientists have been conducting one of the largest public health studies of its kind on the possible health effects of exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

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12:00 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

#7 News Story of 2011: Mother Nature

In 2011, southeastern North Carolina endured a slew of weather emergencies including deadly tornadoes in April, Hurricane Irene in August, and a massive wildfire that burned for much of the summer.

WHQR’s Asia Brown reports that Mother Nature’s wrath is #7 on our top ten countdown of news stories this year.

Hurricane Irene made landfall near Cape Lookout in late August, devastating a long swath of communities along the East Coast. In North Carolina, seven people died from the storm.

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1:00 am
Tue December 27, 2011

#8 News Story of 2011: Brian Berger

 

In an unprecedented move this fall, four members of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners asked their fifth member, Brian Berger, to resign.

WHQR’s Asia Brown reports that Berger refused and remains on the board. The commissioner’s volatile year as an elected official made it to #8 on our end-of-year story countdown.

Just a few months before the September press conference, Berger was arrested for assault in what police say was a domestic dispute. He spent a night in jail before the charge was later dropped.

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12:00 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

#9 News Story of 2011: Monkey Junction Annexation Battle

State lawmakers approved a new annexation process in June, allowing unincorporated areas to block a neighboring city’s advances if 60 percent of their property owners dissent. 

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that this year’s battle over Monkey Junction in New Hanover County has reached #9 on our 2011 top ten story countdown.

Nearly 75 percent of property owners in Monkey Junction spoke up loud and clear: they don’t want to be annexed.

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