Keri Brown

Reporter

Keri Brown is a reporter and host at WFDD.  She comes to the Triad from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, where she served as the Chief Bureau Reporter for the Northern Panhandle. Prior to her time at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Keri was the head assignment editor at WTRF-TV in Wheeling and a field producer and assignment manager at WPGH Fox 53 in Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Ohio University.

Keri has also served as an adjunct professor at Wheeling Jesuit University and Bethany College in West Virginia. She enjoys covering business and education stories. Keri has worked with the Center for Educational Technologies in Wheeling, W. Va. and other NASA centers across the country to develop several stories about the use of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts in the classroom. 

Keri won a 2011 PRNDI award for her spot news coverage during the funeral for five Guilford County children who died in a murder-suicide shooting rampage.

The West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association awarded first place in the Feature category for her 2010 story about steel communities suffering from layoffs. Keri also received an Associated Press Award for Best Enterprise Reporting in 2005 for her story about drug trafficking in Wheeling.

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Education
6:51 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

North Carolina Receives No Child Left Behind Waiver Extension

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that North Carolina, Minnesota, Virginia, New Mexico and Kentucky each received four-year renewals of waivers from the No Child Left Behind law. Those states were granted waivers through an expedited approval process.
Credit Keri Brown -- WFDD News

 

North Carolina and four other states will remain exempt from key parts of the controversial No Child Left Behind law.

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Education
6:00 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Partnership Focuses On Increasing Minorities in NC Health Care Professions

Representatives from North Carolina colleges, universities and state health agencies signed an agreement on March 27 at Winston-Salem State University to work on initiatives and strategies for more racial and ethnic diversity in the state's health care industry.
Credit Garrett Garms/Winston-Salem State University

A group of twenty colleges, universities and state health agencies are working together to increase minority representation in health care professions across North Carolina.

They officially formed an Alliance to address the issue last week at Winston-Salem State University.

Peggy Valentine, Dean of the School of Health Sciences at WSSU, says North Carolina is among the most diverse states in the nation when it comes to race and ethnicity, but minorities only make up a small percentage of the state’s health care professionals.

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Politics & Government
3:52 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Bill Requiring Health Screenings For New Students Moves Forward

Supporters of a bill that would require a health assessment for all students entering the public school system for the first time, regardless of their grade, say it’s an important step to ensure the well-being of students.
Credit jayRaz via flickr

A bill in the North Carolina legislature would require all new students entering public schools to receive a medical checkup before enrolling.

Under HB 13, known as the Amend School Health Assessment Requirement, that information would be part of a student’s permanent record.

Currently, state law only requires that children entering kindergarten receive a health assessment.

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Environment
8:16 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

New Coal Ash Landfill Considered In Rockingham County

On Feb. 2, 2014, a storm water pipe under a coal ash basin at the retired Dan River Steam Station broke, releasing ash into the Dan River in Rockingham County, N.C.
Credit Waterkeeper Alliance Inc.

Duke Energy is considering opening up a landfill to store coal ash waste in Rockingham County. The new site is part of the company’s plan to find safer ways to store the toxic waste.

The News and Record reports that Duke Energy would build and own the new facility at the nearby Dan River Steam Station, but Eden city officials would need to sign off on the plan, even if the project is outside of municipal limits.

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Environment
8:17 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Trouble In Paradise–Too Much Plastic In Our Oceans

This photo was taken this month on the beach of Long Caye, an island 47 miles off the coast of Belize. Each day, those who live there find new plastic bottles and other items that pollute their beaches.
Credit Justin Catanoso

A remote tropical island in the Caribbean and the Yadkin River may seem like worlds apart. But in his column this week in the Triad Business Journal, WFDD contributor Justin Catanoso writes that those watery entities are connected in ways we hardly realize.

“If you think about the pollution in our oceans, the problem actually starts in places like Winston-Salem,” says Catanoso. “So look at it this way–the Yadkin River is a huge pump and whatever gets pumped into it gets pumped down river and eventually flows into the oceans and gets circulated around the world.”

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