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The Newsroom: A long, hard look at Cape Fear Community College

On this episode: Over the last three years, rumors have circulated, alleging a toxic workplace at CFCC under the administration of President Jim Morton. In early 2020, WECT published a report with on-the-record allegations, but it seems little has changed. Now, new reporting from WHQR's Rachel Keith goes deeper than ever into issues at the college.

First up on the show, a conversation with WECT investigative reporter Ann McAdams, who has covered CFCC for years, including controversies over formerPresident Dr. Ted Spring, the abrupt resignation of former President Dr. Amanda Lee, and concerns around the hiring of Jim Morton — all leading up to a report in early 2020 on workplace allegations.

WECT's investigative report: Top executives at CFCC say President Morton has created toxic culture

Then, Rachel Keith joins us to unpack her three-part series on CFCC, and explores some of the feedback we've received since it was published.

Catch up on her reporting here:

Part I: Unreleased faculty survey shows concerns over toxic workplace still plague CFCC

Part II: Concerns about transparency, evaluations, and communication with CFCC’s board and administration

Part III: CFCC quietly removes key parts of its employee handbook, exacerbating existing faculty concerns

Have questions or comments about this episode — or ideas for a future show? Contact us at Newsroom@whqr.org. The WHQR News staff can be reached at staffnews@whqr.org. WHQR News Director Ben Schachtman can be reached at Bschachtman@whqr.org.

Ben Schachtman is a journalist and editor with a focus on local government accountability. He began reporting for Port City Daily in the Wilmington area in 2016 and took over as managing editor there in 2018. He’s a graduate of Rutgers College and later received his MA from NYU and his PhD from SUNY-Stony Brook, both in English Literature.