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
Mon December 26, 2011

2011 was a Good Year for...Sheera Randolph

Sheera Randolph holds her neatly-scribed, four-page thank you letter to the staff at Good Shepherd, including her case manager Carmen Pope.

As the year draws to a close, WHQR is taking a look at some of the people, places, and products that have thrived during tough economic times.

For Wilmington resident Sheera Randolph and her three young boys, 2011 has been their family’s first full year in permanent housing.

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Local
1:00 am
Mon December 26, 2011

#10 News Story of 2011: PPD Sale

 

PPD, one of Wilmington’s largest employers, made it to #10 on WHQR’s countdown of top news stories in 2011 as the company was sold this fall.

WHQR’s Asia Brown reports that the acquisition was a $3.9-billion-dollar deal, but company officials say day-to-day operations in the port city won’t change.

News of PPD’s possible sale first appeared in the Wall Street Journal in July. By September, the company had a new CEO, Raymond Hill.

By October, the company announced its sale to the Carlyle Group and Hellman and Friedman.

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Local
4:39 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

NC Unemployment Dips, Still Tops Nation

North Carolina’s unemployment rate dipped down to ten percent from 10.4 percent last month.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that despite the decrease in state unemployment, North Carolina is still reporting higher numbers than the national rate, which was 8.6 percent last month.

Employment Security Commission Spokesperson Larry Parker says that even though the public sector has been shedding jobs in North Carolina this year, private sector employment has gradually grown throughout the state.

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Local
2:33 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Review of Titan's Draft Air Permit Released

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

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has completed its review of Titan America’s draft air permit.

Spokesperson Tom Mather says that the 19-page document includes information to address the concerns and feedback brought up at two public hearings back in September. Mather says there were a thousand comments to sort through in preparing the review.

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Please Vote!
11:00 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Vote on WHQR's Top Ten of 2011 Countdown

Let your voice be heard by voting on WHQR’s top ten stories of 2011! 

The WHQR News Team has recapped several major stories for the year, and now, it’s your turn to let us know what events you think were most important and have had the biggest impact on our community.

Then, tune in the week of December 26-30 when WHQR will be airing its 2011 Top Ten Countdown.

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Local
2:26 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

StarNews Publisher in Talks about Possible Sale

The New York Times Company announced Monday that it’s in advanced discussions about selling its Regional Media Group to Halifax Media Holdings.

The Regional Media Group includes the StarNews of Wilmington and 15 other media businesses, like newspapers and publications scattered across the country in Florida, California, Louisiana, Alabama, and both Carolinas. See the full list.

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Local
4:36 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

UNCW Board of Trustees Approves Tuition Hike

UNCW’s Board of Trustees has approved a 6.5 percent tuition increase for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Local
1:12 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

NC Wins $70 Million in Race to the Top Funds

The White House has announced that North Carolina is among nine states receiving federal Race to the Top funds for early childhood education. 

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Local
5:27 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

NC Education Program Secures $15 Million Federal Grant

A mold-breaking education initiative in North Carolina is now a major step closer to taking home a piece of the federal recovery fund pie.

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Local
4:50 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Wilmington's D.C. Virgo Charter School Application Denied

 

A state advisory council has denied the charter school application for D.C. Virgo Middle in Wilmington.

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