Marshall Terry

Morning Edition Host

Marshall came to WFAE after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he worked at the campus radio station and earned a degree in communication. He divides his time between delivering newscasts during the day at the top of every hour and reporting on everything from hot peppers to a museum dedicated to the theory that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina. Outside of radio, he loves listening to music and going to see bands - preferably in small, dingy clubs.

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A story on a pioneer. Broadcaster Bea Thompson deserves that title.  In 1980, Thompson was a reporter at WBTV when she was promoted to morning anchor. She became the first female black TV news anchor in Charlotte. Thompson is also a rarity in the industry – she spent her entire 40-year career in her hometown.  And her style is also distinctive. She’s easily recognizable for her “tell it like it is” demeanor. 

Last month, Thompson stepped away from broadcasting full-time. She’s now doing PR for a mental health non-profit. But we wanted to get her in a recording studio at least one more time. She stopped by WFAE to talk about her broadcasting career.

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North Carolina is awaiting word from the nation’s highest court on whether its election can go forward as planned, or whether lawmakers must redraw congressional districts in less than two weeks. A lower court struck down the state’s 2011 congressional redistricting plan on Friday, and North Carolina is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put that decision on hold.  WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Marshall Terry to sort through all this.

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After hearing exhaustive arguments over the past year and a half, a federal judge in Winston-Salem is set to rule on North Carolina’s sweeping election overhaul. Two summers ago, the U.S. Justice Department and others suing North Carolina tried to convince judge Thomas Schroeder to put the changes on hold. This past summer, judge Schroeder presided over a three-week trial on whether some changes should be thrown out entirely. And over the past week or so, he heard the final phase of the lawsuits: the challenge to voter ID. 

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North Carolina’s sweeping election overhaul is back in a federal court in Winston-Salem this week. A judge there heard arguments this summer over changes to early voting, same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. Now, the focus is photo ID. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic has been covering the lawsuits and joined Marshall Terry to break down the latest. 

Bank of America is reporting higher fourth quarter profits than the same period a year ago. The bank says its  profit was $3.01 billion, or 28 cents per share, for the three month period ending in December. That’s nearly 10 percent higher than the same period a year earlier. The results beat analysts’ expectations of 27 cents a share on average. Bank of America says the increased earnings were spurred by lower expenses and continued improvement in its consumer banking division. The bank’s revenue in the quarter was $19.53 billion compared with $18.73 billion the year before.

Normally when we interview filmmakers, we would play sound of their movies to give you a taste of their work. But we can’t do that for Petter Hutton. He’s still making silent films, which he admits is a tough job the older he gets, especially with younger audiences.

“In this day and age, you kidding me?” Hutton says.  “You know I’ve had so many different interesting reactions from young people with iPods, listening to music during the films.”

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Most of you probably have a hobby – maybe it’s woodworking or crochet. For Jurgen Henn, it’s collecting video of trucks whose tops scrape the bottom of a notoriously low-hanging railroad overpass in Durham.  Henn posts these videos on his web site, 11foot8.com – that’s the bridge’s clearance. He has good view from his office window, and he just keeps cameras rolling for when the crashes inevitably come.

The granting of political favors is nothing new in government, but it can take a lot of work to connect the dots in uncovering it. An investigation by the News and Observer of Raleigh and the Charlotte Observer found that a Charlotte businessman got a contract extended to continue private maintenance services for some state prisons over the objections of the head of the department that oversees prisons.

Immediately following the fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell by then-CMPD officer Randall Kerrick in September of 2013, there were differing opinions among law enforcement about whether or not Kerrick should have been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

That’s according to a review of newly released court documents and interviews by the Charlotte Observer.

Fred Clasen-Kelly is the reporter who wrote the story. He spoke to WFAE’s Marshall Terry for Thursday's Morning Edition.

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In North Carolina, the state Labor Department steps in when an employer does not pay money that’s owed to an employee.  At least, the department is supposed to. The Raleigh News & Observer this week has a series looking at instances where the department and its commissioner, Cherie Berry, are not fulfilling their duties to workers who’ve been cheated.  Mandy Locke is the reporter in the series that’s called “The Reluctant Regulator.” Locke joined Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for a conversation.

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