Clayton Henkel

Clayton Henkel

Communications Coordinator Clayton Henkel manages the NC Newsline website and daily newsletter, while also producing daily audio commentaries and the weekly News and Views radio program/podcast.

Adjusting and readjusting to a slow recovery

By: - December 11, 2009

President Barack Obama announced this week steps to use funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to help get Americans back to work. Republicans maintain a better use for any leftover TARP money would be to pay down the federal debt. While that debate  continues,  John Quinterno of  South by North Strategies says it […]

Atkinson: Diversity improves student knowledge

By: - December 8, 2009

The newest members of the Wake County School Board have vowed to end the school system’s policy of promoting diversity by balancing percentages of low-income students within the public schools. Now the State Superintendent of North Carolina’s Public Schools is weighing in. June Atkinson says diversity is a critical component of a quality education in […]

Budget cuts & ‘a human tsunami’

By: - December 4, 2009

Earlier this week we learned state spending for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income families, senior citizens and the disabled, is $160 million over budget so far this fiscal year. While the demand for services continues to grow, John Tote of the Mental Health Association in North Carolina, describes the tragic impact left […]

Foust: the need for greater HIV/AIDS funding

By: - December 1, 2009

In 1988, World AIDS Day was established to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS. Now more than two decades later, 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS. Evelyn Foust, the director of the NC Communicable Disease Branch, joins Chris Fitzsimon in the studio this week to discuss need for more prevention dollars […]

On News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon

By: - November 27, 2009

With Thanksgiving over, members of Congress will now have to deal with leftovers – specifically the unfinished business of health care reform. Adam Searing, Director of the North Carolina Health Access Coalition, joins Chris Fitzsimon in the studio this week to discuss the legislation and its supporters and detractors. Click below for a preview of […]

The new face of hunger this Thanksgiving

By: - November 24, 2009

Turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie are all symbols of the holiday seasons. But for almost one in seven North Carolina households, Thanksgiving will be far from festive. Figures just released by the USDA reveal North Carolina’s rate of food insecurity was well above the national average last year. Jill Staton Bullard of the Inter-Faith Food […]

Making sense of the numbers

By: - November 20, 2009

First the good news: North Carolina state government has more than $600 million to close any budget hole this fiscal year. Now the bad news: Revenues are $95 million less than what lawmakers projected when they passed a $19 billion budget last summer. Adding to the problems, the state’s unemployment rate edged higher to 11 […]

This week on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon

By: - November 17, 2009

The four newest members of the Wake County School Board will be sworn in December 1st. While they have pledged to lead the public schools in a new direction, the president of Wake Education Partnership says there’s much to consider before making sweeping changes. Dr. Ann Denlinger discusses growth, diversity, and the challenges facing the […]