Elizabeth Baier

Elizabeth “Liz” Baier is WUNC’s Digital News Editor. She joined the station in May 2016 after eight year of reporting for Minnesota Public Radio News where she covered everything from demographic changes in rural America, agriculture, the environment and health care. Prior to that, Liz worked for six years as a newspaper reporter in South Florida, both at the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Born in Chicago to a Colombian mother and German father, Baier’s background inspires her to find stories that introduce listeners and readers to new places and compelling characters. She studied journalism and international relations at the University of Miami and received a certificate in Contemporary Latin American Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.

In 2006, she fell in love with multimedia storytelling. That’s one of the reasons she landed in public radio. When she’s not looking for a good story, she travels, hikes, reads and attempts to cook new recipes. And she likes to walk. In 2014, she completed the 500-mile Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in northern Spain.

Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET

North Carolina's flagship public university removed the pedestal where a now toppled Confederate statue, known as "Silent Sam," once stood on a main campus quad, early Tuesday morning.

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill announced at 1 a.m. that the removal had begun, and by 2:40 it was all over. A work crew with a large truck, a forklift and floodlights took the last piece of the base from the main quad, leading to cheers from a crowd that had gathered to watch.