Jeff Tiberii

Capitol Bureau Chief

Jeff Tiberii first started posing questions to strangers after dinner at La Cantina Italiana, in Massachusetts, when he was two-years-old. Jeff grew up in Wayland, Ma., an avid fan of the Boston Celtics, and took summer vacations to Acadia National Park (ME) with his family.  He graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and moved to North Carolina in 2006. His experience with NPR member stations WAER (Syracuse), WFDD (Winston-Salem) and now WUNC, dates back 15 years. 

He works in the Capitol Bureau in downtown Raleigh. Jeff started at WUNC as the Greensboro Bureau Chief, in September of 2011. He has reported on a range of topics, including higher education, the military, federal courts, politics, coal ash, aviation, craft beer, opiate addiction and college athletics.

His work has been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace , Here & Now and the BBC. He has been recognized with seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, dozens of other honors, and has twice been named radio reporter of the year in the Carolinas. He loves to travel and would one day like to live and work abroad.

 

If you have a story, question or thought find him at JTiberii@WUNC.org or @J_tibs

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Flanked by educators dressed in red on November 8, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed four bills that he said "prioritized more corporate tax cuts over a real teacher pay raise and urged legislators to come together and come up with a compromise"
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A state budget standoff is now in its fifth month. While legislators returned to Raleigh Wednesday following a brief hiatus, a resolution to the fiscal fight is not on their agenda.

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The most powerful politician in North Carolina was accused of misusing campaign funds this week.

But Phil Berger's staff says this is much ado about nothing, and that the Republican from Rockingham County has twice received approval.

Mitch Kokai, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, review whether or not what Berger did should be illegal. And they also provide thoughts on the latest layer of drama within the UNC System.


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Lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly have begun redrawing congressional districts again. 

Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Walker is in his third term representing what is currently known as the 6th District. The boundaries have already shifted several times since he first took office. 

Walker talks about the frustrations of constant redistricting, why he joined a protest against the impeachment inquiry process, and why he's pushing to let college athletes get paid. 


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State Senate Leader Phil Berger is using campaign funds to pay for a townhouse he and his wife are leasing in Raleigh.

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A plan to substantially increase taxes on vaping products in North Carolina initially received bipartisan support at the General Assembly last week before a powerful lobbyist thwarted the plan. Lawmakers from both parties called the behind the scenes effort both unusual and disingenuous.

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The North Carolina General Assembly concluded this week with a decresendo. Legislators adjourned for a two-week recess without overriding a budget veto or finding much in the way of compromise. 

Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch and Mitch Kokai of the John Lock Foundation discuss the heightened acrimony, and the court ruling that all but guarantees lawmakers will be returning to another round of redistricting. 

And Mitch and Rob share their reflections on the career of former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan who died this week at age 66.
 


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Republican State Treasurer Dale Folwell went to battle with the General Assembly earlier this year over healthcare. He lost the battle, but the war over pricing, transparency, and reforming a system in North Carolina may not be over. 

On this episode of the podcast, a conversation with Folwell about that dispute, as well as the State Health Plan open enrollment, and a recent hobby which left him injured.


In this July 26, 2017 photo, a member of the gallery tries to display her sign while lawmakers convene during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C.
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North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain.

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More "mini budgets" advanced in the North Carolina General Assembly this week. 

Lawmakers recieved warning that the planned transformation of the Medicaid program could be disrupted by the absense of a complete state budget.

And, for the first time in years, a legislative committee discussed proposals for reforming the redistricting process.

Billy Ball of NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation review some of the happenings in North Carolina politics this week. 
 


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Rep. John Szoka identifies himself as an "oddball" Republican.

A fourth term member of the North Carolina House from Cumberland County, Szoka is an ally of renewables and solar and has, on occasion, stepped out against powerful Duke Energy.

He talks about that on this edition of the WUNC Politics Podcast, his career in the military, and having his district redrawn for 2020. 
 


Colavito Tyson is a teacher assistant at Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. She came to the May #Red4Ed march in Raleigh carrying this sign that she says she's had for years, from another educators' march calling for more school funding years ago.
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As part of their piecemeal budget approach, state lawmakers are turning attention to education funding.

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Republicans in North Carolina's congressional delegation are split on President Donald Trump's withdrawal of troops from northern Syria. 

A class action lawsuit challenged the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. 

In our weekly look back at North Carolina politics, Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss those developments and why the state has been slow to reveal details of drinking water contamination in Pittsboro.
 


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State Rep. Graig Meyer thinks the money it takes to campaign for seats in the North Carolina General Assembly is really a lot. The Democrat also happens to be a key player in bringing in what his party needs to have a chance at reclaiming power.

On this edition of the podcast, Meyer details fundraising and recruitment efforts, what the policy priorities would be for a Democratic majority, and why his name (pronounced "Greg") is spelled that way.  
 


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A powerful state lawmaker borrowed $500,000 from a friend and political donor for a personal loan. Months later, that lender was indicted on federal bribery charges.

However, the lawmaker - David Lewis (R-Harnett) - said he knew nothing of the investigation into his friend. And there is no evidence to suggest this loan was part of the federal investigation.

That story is among the topics Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss in the latest review of the week in North Carolina politics.

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More trouble in the UNC System this week with a chancellor suspended after being caught on film at a bar with co-eds. 

A former congressman and North Carolina GOP chairman pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during an investigation of a bribery scheme.

And state lawmakers ressurected a controversial bill, backed by Duke Energy, that would, among other things, give the energy company more autonomy to set rates. 

Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss all that and whether the General Assembly will adjourn before Halloween. 


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Expanding Medicaid eligibility to cover more low income North Carolinians could lead to 37,000 new jobs in the state. That's the projection from a George Washington University professor who produced a report earlier this year on the potential economic benefits of Gov. Roy Cooper's proposal. Dr. Leighton Ku shares his message for lawmakers on this edition of the politics podcast. 


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North Carolina legislators and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper are trying to bring renewed energy toward resolving a three-month budget stalemate to their respective likings.

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Democrats have filed another lawsuit challenging North Carolina's political boundaries, this time charging that the congressional map is too partisan. Could it make tensions between state Republicans and Democrats worse? This week the finger-pointing between lawmakers in the General Assembly included calls for lie detector tests.

Meanwhile, more resignations made us wonder who would want to be president of the UNC System. And video of a drunk driver raised questions about whether Blue Cross NC properly reported the arrest of its CEO. 

Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch synthesize the week's political news.

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Sen. Dan Blue is the longest serving member of the North Carolina General Assembly. With 36 years of experience in the Legislature, the Wake County Democrat is well-versed in redistricting, budget negotiations, and working with Republicans.

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North Carolina legislators completed their court-ordered redistricting this week. Lawmakers were working on a swift turnaround and, for more transparency, the mapping sessions were livestreamed. The process drew criticism and praise. Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss the meaning of "independent" redistricting and whether anything has changed with lawmakers' return to consideration of Medicaid expansion. 
 


Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied a crowd of supporters at UNC Chapel Hill on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.
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Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is on a three-day tour of college campuses in the Carolinas. He rallied a crowd at UNC Chapel Hill Thursday evening.

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The North Carolina General Assembly is again sending redrawn district maps back to the court for review.

Former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr weighs in and remembers former Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, who wrote another precedent-setting decision on redistricting. Orr also has an eye on a proposal in California that would let college athletes earn compensation from sponsorships.

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Even for relatively chaotic North Carolina, it was a wild week in state politics.

There was a major vote that caught many by surprise, court-ordered redistricting carried on, and a judicial pioneer passed away.

Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, and Mitch Kokai, of the John Locke Foundation, discuss those stories, as well as an incident involving a state senator, a journalist, and a phone that went flying.

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Four years ago Greg Murphy was a political novice, practicing medicine in eastern North Carolina. Then he was appointed to the state House in 2015 and quickly emerged as an effective lawmaker. Now he’s the congressman-elect for the 3rd District.

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A major court ruling is forcing state lawmakers to redraw North Carolina General Assembly districts for 2020. And Hurricane Dorian interrupted early voting in two special congressional elections.

Rob Schofield from NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray from the John Locke Foundation discuss this week in state politics.

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A major court ruling came Tuesday when three state judges rules that dozens of North Carolina legislative boundaries are illegal.

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This episode of the Politics Podcast is an extended conversation from the Week in State Politics, a weekly conversation featured in All Things Considered.

With a state budget impasse about to enter its third month, legislators in Raleigh are adjusting their approach.

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With a state budget impasse about to enter its third month, legislators in Raleigh are adjusting their approach.

This Week in State Politics saw several "mini budgets" advance at the General Assembly.

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Governor Roy Cooper today vetoed legislation state lawmakers approved yesterday to require local sheriffs to cooperate with federal authorities in immigration enforcement efforts.

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As the state budget impasse plods along, there was news about jobs, a judicial nomination, and healthcare for small businesses.

Rob Schofield, from NC Policy Watch, and Mitch Kokai, with the John Locke Foundation, have a review of the Week in State Politics.

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