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James Morrison

Reporter/Audio Producer

Washington, D.C.

James Morrison

Independent Audio Reporter, Field Producer and Podcast Producer

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People On Both Sides Of Immigration Debate Meet At The Border To Have A Conversation

The surge of migrants crossing the Southern border has abated somewhat. But tens of thousands continue to come every month — more than 80,000 in July. The debate still rages over what to do about it. To the southern border now, where the pace of migrants crossing into the U.S. has slowed somewhat.
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The World Of An Oyster: Scientists Are Spying On Reefs With Microphones

A North Carolina State University researcher is using underwater microphones to help better understand the extensive array of animals living in the state's oyster reefs.
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The UK’s Move Away From Coal Means They’re Burning US Wood

The UK is burning American wood to fuel its transition away from coal. But some scientists worry this could actually make climate change worse.
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Toppling Confederate Monuments The Legal Way

The North Carolina Historical Commission will soon decide whether Gov. Roy Cooper can relocate three Confederate monuments from outside the state Capitol. This effort is the first full test of a 2015 state law that was expressly designed to make moving these monuments nearly impossible.
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In North Carolina, Hog Waste Is Becoming A Streamlined Fuel Source

North Carolina isn’t rich in coal, natural gas or oil deposits, but it has more hogs than nearly any other state. And for many years, people have been trying to figure out a way to turn hog waste into electricity. Now, the state may be on the cusp of making swine biogas a reliable fuel source.
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Rapid Rise In NC Police Carrying Opioid Overdose Kits

The drug naloxone has become key in saving lives from opioid overdoses. It’s such a vital tool for fighting the opioid epidemic that many law enforcement officers in North Carolina now carry it with them at all times. But there are still many agencies in the state not carrying it. And many of them are in counties hard hit by the opioid epidemic.
North Carolina Public Radio, WUNC Link to Story
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U.S. cotton farmers are suffering from depressed prices — China, weather and yoga pants are mainly to blame

Yoga pants are now widely accepted attire in many social settings, from the office to the classroom. And this rise in yoga pants as everyday clothing is contributing to a decline in the price of cotton.
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What Happened When North Carolina Cut Income Taxes?

Republicans say the tax plan that is making its way through Congress will be a boon for the economy, and they frequently point to North Carolina as evidence that their plan will work. The state passed a tax overhaul in 2013 that includes many of the same elements as the federal proposal.
Here & Now Link to Story
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Asking About Opioids: A Treatment Plan Can Make All The Difference

For years, doctors have asked people about tobacco use and excessive drinking in the hopes that the answers could help lead people to cut down or quit. But screening alone isn't usually sufficient to change behavior. As opioid use hits record highs in the U.S., Christiana Care Health System in Delaware is starting to ask people about opioid use — and then go further.
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The Oyster's Mighty Comeback Is Creating Cleaner U.S. Waterways

The farm-to-table movement has caused oyster farming on the East Coast to double in the past six years, and the industry has shown no signs of slowing. But not only is the mollusk's mighty comeback good for consumers and fishermen — it's also good for waterways. Jimmy Parks, longtime chef and owner of the Butcher Station in Winchester, Va., says the way we eat oysters has changed in the past decade.
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Sacramento State Undocumented Student Faces Uncertain Future

Deisy Caro is a student at Sacramento State University who was brought to California by her parents when she was five years old. Now, at age 32, she's preparing to graduate from college. But she wouldn’t have been able to attend Sacramento State or work legally to pay for her education without the implementation of a presidential executive action in 2012 called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Capital Public Radio Link to Story
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Delaware town throws shade on beach tents to help relieve overcrowding

On summer holidays like Memorial Day, beaches can get pretty crowded. Now, to ease the congestion, some beaches have started banning things like tents and barbecues. And while these restrictions may please some beachgoers, they’re frustrating for a few business owners who think tourists may take their gear -and their wallets- elsewhere.
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About

James Morrison

James Morrison is a national award-winning broadcast reporter with a decade of experience working in radio and podcasting. His work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now and multiple other national radio outlets and podcasts. His reporting focuses on environmental and health issues, with a focus on the opioid epidemic and sustainable food systems. He was recognized with a national award for a story he reported for NPR on locally-sourced oyster farming. He also received a national award for his daily news coverage of firefighters killed in the line of duty. A podcast he produced about the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War was accepted into the Hearsay International Audio Arts Festival.

Reporter/Field Producer in Washington, D.C.

Experience & Skills:

Field producing.

Reporting breaking news and in-depth features.

Advanced audio editing and sound design.

Anchoring live news.

Directing live daily broadcasts and special coverage.

Producing live stage events.

Available for tape synchs.

Awards & Fellowships:

Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive, Brooklyn, June 2018

NSF Climate Change Reporting Workshop, Columbia, SC, 2018

1st Place National Award for 'Radio Feature' (National Association of Press Women, 2017)

1st Place National Award for 'On the Scene Report' (National Association of Press Women, 2017)

Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Fellow, NYC, 2016.

Selected Entry, Hearsay Audio Festival, Ireland, 2015.

Kitchen Sisters Recording and Interviewing Workshop, Berkeley, 2013.

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https://the1a.org/person/james-morrison/

Skills

  • Audio Editing
  • Reporting
  • Producing Live Shows
  • Anchoring
  • Researching
  • Field Recording
  • Directing