This week on The Newsroom: Fran Weller gets her own day, Rachel Keith hunts for a missing $10 million study
On the next episode of the Newsroom, WECT Anchor Fran Weller joins us to talk about her 40 years in the news business. Don’t worry, she’s not retiring, but she does have plenty of insight into our region — and the people who cover it. Then, WHQR’s own Rachel Keith sits down with us to discuss her latest reporting, looking into a $10 million study on violence prevention in New Hanover County that seems to have gone missing.
Earlier this year, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo declared May 31 as Frances Weller Day. That not an honor most people in the news business receive — but most people in that business don't have a career like Weller's. We'll sit down to hear more about her 40 years at WECT.
In the mid 2000s, New Hanover County Schools received a violence prevention federal grant worth around $9 million dollars. The University of North Carolina Wilmington was awarded about $1.7 million to run the evaluation of the program. But as WHQR’s Rachel Keith reports, the documentation for it has all but disappeared — a mystery that's even more compelling given the renewed pressure on local officials to address the problem of violence.
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