Jeremy Loeb

Reporter & Morning Edition Host

Jeremy Loeb is a reporter and host of Morning Edition on WCQS. He joined the station in December 2014.

Jeremy grew up in Durham, North Carolina. He got his start in radio as an intern at WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington, NC while attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was an operations assistant, host of All Things Considered, and was one of a rotating roster of hosts for an eclectic half-hour music program during his six years there. He then spent two years back near his hometown, living in Carrboro, NC while working for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC. He was a reporter, a Morning Edition producer, and backup host for All Things Considered.

After two years, Jeremy moved to Washington D.C. and drove a pedicab on the National Mall and volunteered on various political campaigns. He returned to WHQR briefly after a year to be their All Things Considered host. He then joined Alabama Public Radio in Tuscaloosa as a reporter and Morning Edition host. He was there until moving to downtown Asheville and beginning work at WCQS.

Jeremy was also a producer for two years on A Season’s Griot, out of Wilmington, the only nationally-syndicated Kwanzaa program in the country, and filled in for a short time as a producer on WUNC’s local affairs program The State of Things, which is now aired on WCQS weekdays at noon. He likes reading and drinking coffee at Battery Park Book Exchange, and he’s happiest when he’s riding his bike and blasting indie music in his headphones.

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Breaking Down NC's Primary Results

Mar 16, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the big winners in North Carolina's primary election.  For statewide races, the election was notable for having few, if any surprises, as established candidates won up and down the ticket.  Voters also approved by a wide margin a $2 billion bond measure that largely funds higher education infrastructure projects.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb was joined Wednesday morning by WCQS news director David Hurand and Ashvegas founder Jason Sandford to parse the results.

North Carolina voters headed to the polls Tuesday, June 7th for a 2nd primary.  Up for grabs were Congressional races and the ideological split of the state Supreme Court.

Results below are from the NC State Board of Elections (best displayed on mobile in landscape mode ↷):

North Carolina voters head to the polls today to decide party nominees for President, Governor, the US Senate and on down the ballot.  In addition, voters will be asked whether to approve or reject a $2 billion bond measure that largely funds higher education projects.  For analysis on the race so far, and predictions about how today's primary will turn out, we turned to Rob Christensen, political columnist for the News & Observer of Raleigh. 

UNC System President Spellings Tours WCU

Mar 11, 2016
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New UNC system president Margaret Spellings is visiting campuses across the state.  She arrived Thursday in Cullowhee for a tour of Western Carolina University's campus.  WCQS reporter Davin Eldridge is covering her visit.  

Today President Spellings, along with WCU Chancellor David Belcher met the media and urged voters to support the $2 billion NC CONNECT BOND referendum.

Early voting is underway for North Carolina's March 15 primary.  One of the biggest decisions before voters has nothing to do with the presidential contest.  They'll be asked to approve or reject a $2 billion bond measure that would fund higher education infrastructure projects, parks, water and sewer systems, and the National Guard.  Lawmakers including Governor Pat McCrory have argued the Connect NC Bond will not require a tax increase and makes critical investments in the state.  But not everyone is on board. 

North Carolina’s early voting period for the March 15 primary is now underway.  Voters can register and vote early at election sites between now and March 12th.  For more, WCQS’s Jeremy Loeb spoke with Buncombe County’s director of elections Trena Parker.  

Parker says people registered with a certain political party must vote in that party’s primary but unaffiliated voters aren’t left out. 

Carolina Public Press

Carolina Public Press has been investigating the mysterious death of western North Carolina army veteran Felicia Reeves.  Reeves disappeared from Henderson County in August of last year.  She was found dead a week later in a motel in New Jersey.  New Jersey police ruled the death a suicide by hanging.  But in his investigative report, CPP's Frank Taylor notes a number of odd discrepancies and circumstances surrounding the death.  He spoke with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb. 

Voters in a dozen states head to the polls Tuesday, March 1st in what's known as Super Tuesday.  North Carolina's primary is two weeks later, on the 15th.  But what happens on Super Tuesday could have a big impact on North Carolina's vote.  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Western Carolina University political science professor Chris Cooper. 

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2015 was a record year for the Asheville airport.  The airport saw a 4 percent increase in ridership over the previous year.  Tina Kinsey, director of marketing for the airport, credits the daily flights from large airlines American, Delta, and United, as well as increasing numbers of direct flights with Allegiant. 

Tina Kinsey: “So we can serve the business traveling community very well, and also leisure travelers who want to go anywhere in the world.”

The airport recorded nearly 400,000 passengers for the year.

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The North Carolina Utilities Public Staff is set to recommend to the commission approval of Duke Energy's two natural gas plants in Asheville.  But the staff says the 3rd smaller plant Duke's hoping to get approved won't be necessary at this time.  The utilities staff report is not the final say, only a recommendation.  It will be presented to the commissioners on Monday.  James McLawhorn is Director of the Electric Division for the Public Staff.  He spoke with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb.

Haywood County Schools

The Haywood County School board has voted to close Central Elementary School in Waynesville on a 6-to-2 vote.  Board Chairman Chuck Francis, who as Chair did not vote, called it a "heartbreaking decision," and a day he hoped would never come.  He cited funding cuts and declining enrollment, partly due to the opening of a charter school nearby, as reasons for the action.  He spoke with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb. 

Central Elementary Principal Jean Ann Yates e-mailed a statement to WCQS: 

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Residents of western North Carolina had an opportunity to weigh in on Congressional maps this morning in a public hearing at UNC Asheville.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb reports.

Ed Bowser

On Friday, 86-year-old Asheville resident Reba Miller Bowser got a visit at her apartment from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.  They were there to fix what they admit was a mistake: turning her down for a voter ID.  A day later, her son Ed Bowser welcome me into their home for a chat with Reba and himself.  Reba seemed in an upbeat, jocular mood.

Reba Miller Bowser: "Do I have to watch my language?"

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The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is apologizing to an 86-year-old Asheville woman who was turned away trying to get photo ID to vote.  DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell told WCQS's Jeremy Loeb it's likely the employee at the Asheville DMV who turned away Reba Miller Bowser wasn't adequately trained.  Bowser was denied ID because DMV wasn't satisfied that the 'M' on her licenses stood for Miller.  Her 1929 birth certificated indicated Miller as her last name.  She later took her husband's surname Bowser.  Howell says DMV has apologized to Bowser's family and have vowed to make it r

As the city of Flint, Michigan deals with the aftermath of its water crisis, WCQS checked in with Asheville Water Resources Director Jade Dundas to see whether Asheville was in any danger of the same problems.  Dundas said Asheville's water is tested routinely for lead, most recently in the fall.  He says Asheville's water is in excellent quality.  Dundas adds that while workers are on heightened alert because of the contamination in Flint, that hasn't changed any of what they're doing.  He describes how Asheville's water is tested, what it's tested for, and how often in the conversation ab