Even before Dan Fesperman ’77 became a novelist, he knew how to find a story. He knew how to set a scene and how to craft a narrative with clarity and flair.
And he already knew how to write.
The newsroom had been his teacher, and before…
Daniel Bard ’07, who had been one of UNC’s most dominant pitchers, suddenly lost his ability to throw — and seemingly, his major league career. He didn’t make a comeback until he learned to accept who he is.
by Anna Katherine Clemmons
Derb Carter ’75, a behind-the-scenes hero of the environmental movement, has spent decades fighting to protect the natural world.
by Melba Newsome
Kemp Burdette is one of North Carolina’s best-known naturalists and environmentalists. He also…
Lewis Black ’70 thought writing plays was his future, until he realized it wasn’t.
by Claire Cusick ’21 (MA)
On a Friday evening in November, Lewis Black ’70 sat inside his tour bus parked on South Mangum Street next to the Durham…
Kristin Acquavella ’93 is one of 22 active female admirals in the U.S. Navy. To get there, she relied on what she learned while winning four national soccer championships at Carolina.
By Tim Crothers ’86
You’ve probably seen the stellar images from the James Webb Space Telescope. It was named for a Carolina alumnus who helped set America on a course to become the world’s technological and economic leader.
Berkley Hudson ’03 (PhD) was obsessed with preserving decades-old photographs that uncovered the truth about his hometown. Now they’re part of UNC’s Southern Historical Collection.
by Janine Latus
This is a story of two…
When Richard Lynch ’61 wanted to show Jean, his wife of more than 60 years, just how much he loved her, a simple card or box of chocolates wouldn’t cut it. Instead, he cut her a record with a song he penned reminiscent of the beach music filling…
Jerry Blackwell ’84 (’87 JD) usually practices corporate law, but he was tapped to lead the criminal case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with killing George Floyd.