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CNN's Brooke Baldwin Says Journalism Is Alive and Well in 2017

On Sunday, Peabody Award finalist and CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is adding something exciting to her plate as she heads to her alma mater, University of North Carolina, to address a commencement crowd of over 30,000. Read on as Baldwin discusses the state of journalism today and why we must leave our respective “bubbles” to truly know what’s happening in our country. (Parade Magazine)

Video: UNC Commencement speaker Brooke Baldwin Q&A

Before she offers words of wisdom to Carolina's grads at the 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony, CNN anchor and UNC alumna Brooke Baldwin joined us on Instagram for a live Q&A & stroll down memory lane. Read More...

ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth offers beautiful remembrance of Stuart Scott

It’s been more than two years since the death of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. But although Scott is no longer around to deliver catchphrases on SportsCenter, his influence lingers at ESPN in ways both obvious (anchors who attribute their styles to Scott’s influence) and less obvious. Among the many ESPNers with fond memories of Scott is Cassidy Hubbarth. (Awful Announcing)

Video: A day in the life of CNN Anchor and Carolina alum Brooke Baldwin

Get to know Brooke Baldwin, a 2001 North Carolina graduate and CNN anchor, who will serve as the 2017 Spring Commencement speaker. View Video...

Video: Year in the life of three Carolina seniors

Meet Jamal Royster, Grace Gunter and Will Hefner, three Carolina seniors who will be graduating this weekend. Explore their final year as they navigate rigorous coursework, job interviews, volunteering and a men’s basketball national championship. (UNC.edu)

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin counts down to UNC speech with advice from Charles Barkley and others

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 21-year-old self? That’s what CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin is asking some of her friends as she counts down the days before speaking at the commencement of her alma mater, the University of North Carolina. Baldwin, who hosts an afternoon news show on CNN, will speak Sunday at Kenan Stadium. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC professor talks about her role in Sesame Street's muppet with autism

After spending nearly half a century on air, the children's program "Sesame Street" welcomed a Julia, a muppet with autism, to the cast. Sesame Street's "Meet Julia" episode aired on April 10, episode 4,715 of the show. UNC psychiatry professor Dr. Laura Klinger was brought on the "Sesame Street" advisory panel 5 years ago to help develop the character. (WRAL.com)

May 9, 1960: Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks on UNC campus

Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech, entitled "The Struggle For Racial Justice," at UNC on May 9, 1960. '"It is either non-violence or non-existence." With those words Dr. Martin Luther King last night emphasized his belief that non-violence is the only answer to the racial problem in the U.S. as well as the international problem of co-existence among all nations,' began the article in the Daily Tar Heel.

Author Q&A: UNC Professor William Ferris

William Ferris, now serving as the Joel R. Williamson eminent professor of history and senior associate director for the Center for Study of the American South at UNC, has authored 14 books. His most recent, “The South in Color: A Visual Journal,” is a UNC Press publication that includes color photos taken throughout his home state during the 1960s and ‘70s. (Hattiesburg American)

Loreleis celebrate 35 years of a cappella on campus

As they celebrate their 35th anniversary this year, the Loreleis recounted how their history and commitment to excellence helped them become one of the most important all-female a cappella groups at UNC. Loreleis President Hunter Travers said the group was initially founded to give female singers a chance to perform without requiring any previous learning experience. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Partners with CDC on Zika Virus Research

The teratogenic virus known as Zika remains a threat to expectant mothers, but researchers at UNC are getting closer to a cure with the help of a recently awarded federal grant. That grant was offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a virology laboratory staffed by Dr. Matt Collins, whose research focuses on mosquito-borne diseases. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC wins competitive NIH grant to study how nicotine affects lungs

Rob Tarran, PhD, associate professor of cell biology and physiology, and Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, will lead a $2.3-million, five-year project to investigate fundamental biological effects of nicotine on the lung. Both are members of the UNC Marsico Lung Institute. (UNC Health Care)

UNC grad performs Jimmy Kimmel's son's life-saving heart surgery

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel shared an emotional story about his son, who was recently born with a life-threatening heart problem. ABC11 learned Friday that the surgeon who saved the baby's life is a UNC alumnus. Dr. Vaughn Starnes earned his chemistry degree in 1973 and later graduated from UNC's medical program in 1977, according to the UNC General Alumni Association. (ABC 11)

Q&A with UNC professor Joe DeSimone on Carbon company and 3-D printing

Chemistry professor Joe DeSimone is currently on leave from UNC to act as CEO at the company he co-founded, Carbon. Carbon uses Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology that DeSimone helped create to improve 3-D printing. This innovation led to a partnership with Adidas, announced April 7, to create its new “Futurecraft 4D” running shoes. (Daily Tar Heel)

Q&A with UNC graduate and 'This is Us' writer Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter is a screenwriter currently working for the hit NBC show “This is Us.” The UNC graduate will soon be returning to her roots, as her recent play, “The Cake,” will be performed by the PlayMakers Repertory Company on campus in the fall. DTH: When did you know you wanted to become a screenwriter? Brunstetter: I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since I was about 6 years old. (Daily Tar Heel)

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