Jessica Ferrer

Past Undergraduate News Intern

Jessica is a junior at UNCW pursuing a B.A. in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She worked on an audio project similar to NPR's StoryCorps over the summer where she interviewed mentors and their mentees on the UNCW campus. This project inspired her to work more with public radio and the media. She is also a contributing writer for the school's newspaper, The Seahawk. Jessica loves her job as a resident assistant, trying out new restaurants, working out so she can keep eating at new restaurants, and bringing news to the community.

Under North Carolina law, convicted criminals are only responsible for paying back attorney fees during their probation and if the probation is terminated. House Bill 388 would add those whose probation term expired as well.

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It could take longer for a married couple to get a divorce in North Carolina. Instead of a one year waiting period, three senators have introduced a bill -- the Healthy Marriage Act -- that will change it to two years.

In addition to waiting an extra year to be divorced, a couple would have to complete courses on improving communication skills and conflict resolution. These courses would not have to be completed together.

Over 70 university professors from across North Carolina have signed a letter opposing a bill that will make amendments to the state’s death penalty law. Republican Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County is the primary sponsor of the bill. His bill would lift the moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina. WHQR’s Jessica Ferrer reports that it would also overturn the Racial Justice Act, a law enacted to investigate the impact of racial bias in capital sentencing.

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

UNC Wilmington recently hosted an all-day conference called Diversity: A Competitive Advantage to talk about the impact of inclusion in businesses.  Panelists who explored The Business Case for Diversity say that hiring diverse workers isn’t enough if there’s not inclusion as well.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, there will be eight million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math in this country by 2018.

The Rachel Freeman School of Engineering focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education that would build an aptitude for these jobs. The school’s partnership with GE-Hitachi helped participants celebrate National Engineers Week with activities and presentations.  

Immigration reform is making its way through Congress, and the North Carolina AFL-CIO is taking notice. The union workers’ group held a news conference in Raleigh recently to talk about their support for immigration reform.

Republican state Senator Stan Bingham is proposing legislation that would allow NC public schools to have trained safety marshals on school grounds.

If the walls could talk at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, they might be thanking Donn Ansell, too.

As a lifelong resident of New Hanover County, Stephen Vosnock says he pays attention to county issues and is hoping to take that involvement to the government level.

Tiny wood shavings are finding their way into Cape Fear Community College and they aren’t being tracked in by students’ shoes.

John Seb Barber

Break out those old cans and bottles of household cleaners: pollen is back and it’s time for spring cleaning. Once New Hanover County residents are finished with those cleaning products, they can recycle them and other household wastes, like batteries.

Residents can now receive notices about public school lockdowns in New Hanover County through Twitter.

The latest unemployment rates for North Carolina have been released by the Department of Commerce, giving a different look to the state’s economy. 

Spring cleaning is upon us, but that doesn’t just mean emptying out our closets.

Crime doesn’t take a break, even while a town government searches for its next police chief.

The Book ‘Em North Carolina conference at Robeson Community College Saturday is bringing readers and writers together to talk about the craft.

The Trauma and Emergency Symposium brought together hundreds of emergency responders and other health care providers on Friday and will continue through Saturday.

Emergency responders and other healthcare providers are gathering Friday and Saturday for the 23rd annual Trauma and Emergency Symposium in downtown Wilmington. 


Farmers, fishermen, and buyers from across the region are gathering Friday at UNCW for the 2nd annual Feast DownEast conference.

The president of Cape Fear Community College Eric McKeithan announced his retirement Thursday. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that McKeithan’s retirement will go into effect on July 1st.

The African American Heritage Commission inducted Wilmington resident Sylvia Ezelonwu this week.