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James Morrison

Reporter/Audio Producer

Carrboro, North Carolina

James Morrison

Independent Audio Reporter and Podcast Producer

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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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The Yoga Pant Problem

Yoga pants are having a moment. And while they’re not new, they’ve moved beyond the gym and yoga studio into nearly every corner of our lives. This so-called athleisure wear trend has made a lot of people happy, it's unwelcome news to the cotton industry.
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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.
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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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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 more than seven years experience working in radio and podcasts. His work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now and multiple other 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.

Freelance reporter in Carrboro, NC.

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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http://wunc.org/people/james-morrison

Skills

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