Past Guests

NC People Past Guests

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NC People

Highlights from 42 Years of North Carolina People with William Friday.

Hugh Morton (originally aired on 11/8/02) 
John Hope Franklin, Historian (originally aired on 12/2/05)
Jean Anderson, Award-Winning Cookbook Author - Mr. Friday makes his famous peanut brittle (originally aired on 9/19/09)
Billy Graham, Evangelist (originally aired in 1973)
Edna Harris, Farmer from Iredell Co (originally aired on 1/25/88)
Walter and Dorothy Auman, Seagrove Pottery - Mr. Friday actually works the wheel (originally aired on 5/8/89)
Charles Kuralt, Journalist (originally aired on 3/5/90)
Doc Watson, Musician (originally aired on 4/13/92)
James Taylor, Singer-Songwriter (originally aired on 3/08/93) 
General Hugh Shelton, US Army, Retired
Andy Griffith, Actor (originally aired in 2005)
William Leuchtenburg, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of History, UNC-CH (originally aired 1/6/12)

2011 Guests

Rev. George Reed, Director, NC Council of Churches
Isaac Green, President and CEO, Piedmont Investment Advisors
Sen. Phil Berger, (R) – District 26, President Pro-Tempore Elect
Ray Buchanan, Founder and President, Stop Hunger Now
Allan Head, Executive Director, NC Bar Association
Chris Moran, Executive Director, Interfaith Council, Chapel Hill
Sonya Dixon and Michael Wood, Interfaith Council of Chapel Hill
Congressman Bob Etheridge
Diane Daniel, Author of 'Farm Fresh North Carolina'
Ray Buchanan, Founder and President, Stop Hunger Now
Gene Nichol, Director, UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity
Lewis Ledford, Director, North Carolina State Parks and Recreation
Susan Ellis, Producer & Co-Owner, Footpath Pictures
Woody Durham, Former 'Voice of the Tarheels'
William Mangum, Artist Closed Captioned UNC-TV
Randy Woodson, Chancellor, NC State University
Jack Kasarda, Director, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
General Hugh Shelton, US Army, Retired
Hunter Bacot, Director, Elon University Poll
Tom Bradshaw, Investment Banker, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Amy Perko, Executive Director, Knight Commission
Wade Smith, Attorney
Dr. Kathie Harris, Interim Director, Carolina Population Center
North Carolina People Norris Tolson, President & CEO, NC Biotechnology Center
Adam Monroe, President, Novozymes, North America
Fred Gould, Will Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture, NCSU
Dr. David Jones, DVM, Director, NC Zoological
Edwin Wilson, Provost Emeritus, Wake Forest University
Brad Wilson, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
Amy Greeson, Founder and Executive Director, Healing Seekers
Dr. Sam Wells, Dean, Duke Chapel
Governor Beverly Perdue
Bob Anthony, Curator, N. C. Collection and Director, NC Digital Heritage Center
Jim Rogers, Chairman, President and CEO, Duke Energy
George Briggs, Executive Director, NC Arboretum
Rye Barcott, Author, _It Happened on the Way to War_
Dr. Elham (Ellie) Fini, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Civil, Architectural, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department, North Carolina A&T State University
Kenny Moore, Founder and CEO, Andy's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes
Abdullah T. Antepli, Muslim Chaplain, Duke University
Dr. Ryan Boyles, Director and State Climatologist, State Climate Office
Betsy and Dan Boyd, Boyd Mountain Log Cabins and Christmas Tree Farm
Karl Feld, Vice President of International Research, Abt SRBI


 2010 Guests

Julius Chambers, Attorney
John Herrera, VP, Latino Hispanic Affairs, Self-Help
David Walmer, Family Health Ministries
Pam Silberman, President & CEO, NC Institute of Medicine
Holden Thorp, Chancellor, UNC Chapel Hill
Thad Woodard, President & CEO, NC Bankers Association
Andrew Dunn, Editor, The Daily Tar Heel
Brad Wilson, President & CEO, BCBSNC
Lee Kinard, Executive Assistant to the President at Guilford Technical Community College
Dr. Assad Meymandi, Founding Editor & Editor-in-Chief of Wake County Physician
Janet Cowell, State Treasurer, North Carolina
James Maynard, Chairman & CEO, Investors Management Corp
Secretary Linda Carlisle, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources
Allison Perkins, Executive Director, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Dr. Peter White, Director, NC Botanical Garden
Rev. Aaron Johnson, Co-author, Man from Macedonia
Dr. Brian Toomey, CEO, Piedmont Health Services
Dr. James Johnson and Rev. Kenneth Ray Hammond, Union Independent School, Durham, NC
Randi Davenport, author, The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes
Todd Cohen, Editor and Publisher, Philanthropy Journal
Ward Purrington, Founder, The Appalachian Institution
Bill Delanty and Rita Borden, Carolina Meadows
Dan Pierce, Author, Real NASCAR, White Lightning, Red Clay and Big Bill Francis
Anna Jones, Documentary Producer
Lillie Sanders, Sanders Service Center, Magnolia, NC
Dr. Michael Lee, Medical Director, UNC Rehabilitation Center and Occupational/Physical Therapy
Beth Wood, State Auditor, North Carolina
Dr. Michael Brennan, Ophthalmologist, Alamance Eye Center
Dennis Gillings, Chairman, Quintiles Transnational
Dr. Beth Rosenberg and Chris Northup, Haiti Volunteers
Henry Kaestner, Co-Founder, Durham Cares
Dr. Victor Dzau, President and CEO, Duke Health System
Garland Young and Bishop Ken Carder, Lake Junaluska Peace Conference
Jim Hyler, President, US Golf Association
John Dornan, President/Executive Director, Public School Forum of NC
Emily Kass, Director, Ackland Art Museum, UNC Chapel Hill
Penn Dameron, Executive Director, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
Hugh Shelton, US Army-Retired
Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina
Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State, North Carolina
Jan King, 2010 Wachovia Principal of the Year, Glen C. Marlow Elementary, Mills River, NC
William Leuchtenburg, Kenan Professor of History Emeritus, UNC-CH
Jacob Henry, Principal, Doris Henderson Newcomers School, Greensboro, NC
James Leloudis and Robert Korstad, Co-Authors, To Right These Wrongs
Rep. Mickey Michaux, (D) District 31-Durham County
Dr. Michael Blackwell, President, Baptist Children’s Homes of NC
Bev Perdue, Governor of North Carolina
General Hugh Shelton, US Army-Retired (Encore Presentation)
Lillie Sanders, Sanders Service Center (Encore Presentation)


2009 Guests

Stephen Farmer, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, UNC-CH
Kevin Martin, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
Sorien Schmidt, Senior Vice President, Action for Children, North Carolina (encore presentation)
US Congressman Howard Coble (R) 6th District-North Carolina
Dempsey Benton, former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
Eric Seeger, Editor, Western North Carolina Magazine
Former Governor Mike Easley and Former First Lady Mary Easley
Linda Brady, Chancellor, UNC Greensboro
Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University
Jean Folkerts, Dean, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC Chapel Hill
Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Mike and Mary Easley, former Governor and First Lady of North
Carolina (encore presentation)
Camilla Herlevich, Founder and Executive Director , NC Coastal Land Trust (encore presentation)
Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, UNC;
William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, NCSU (encore presentation)
Rev. R. Bruce Pate, Board of Directors, Yokefellow Prison Ministry of North Carolina
Brad Crone, Political Consultant
Dr. Beth Rosenberg, Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Chapel Hill Internal Medicine
Dr. Brett Sheridan, Director of Adult Cardiac Surgery, UNC Dept. of Surgery
Bob Harris, Duke Radio Network
Dr. Souvik Sen, Director, UNC Stroke Center
Curly Seckler, Bluegrass Legend
Dr. Maureen Hartford, President, Meredith College
Dr. Steven Zeisel, Director, Nutrition Research Institute
Dr. Larry Band, Director, Institute for the Environment, UNC-Chapel Hill
Dr. William Roper, CEO, UNC Healthcare System
Andrew Doblestein, Author, Understanding The Social Security Act
Dr. Scott Kelley, Orthopedic Surgeon, NC Orthopedic Clinic
Sen. Dan Clodfelter, (D) Mecklenburg County
John Swofford, Commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference
Phil Freelon, President, The Freelon Group
Keith Crisco, Secretary of Commerce, State of North Carolina
Harold Martin, Chancellor, NC A & T University
Jim Hunt, Former Governor and Current Chair of the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
Gary Pearce, Political Consultant
Timothy Tyson, Historian
Stan Kelly, Regional President, Carolinas Community Banking, Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company
Charlie Adams, Executive Director, NC High School Athletic Association
General Hugh Shelton, US Army Retired
Dr. Floyd H. "Ski" Chilton, Ph.D., Author, The Gene Smart Diet
Don Fish, Executive Director, NC Sports Hall of Fame
Tom Fetzer, Chairman, NC Republican Party
Jim Goodnight, Founder & CEO, SAS
Erskine Bowles, President, University of North Carolina
Donna Chavis, Executive Director, NC Gives
Vann Pennell, 2009 Wachovia Principal of the Year, South Brunswick High School, Southport, NC
Karen McNeil-Miller, President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Bill Hayes, President, Figure 8 Films
Ruth Moose, Writer
Dr. H. Shelton Earp, Director, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Beverly Perdue, Governor of North Carolina
Pat Smith, Retired President, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina


2008 Guests

General Hugh Shelton, U.S. Army, (Retired)
John Drescher, Senior Vice President/Executive Editor News and Observer
Ruby Fulbright, Executive Director/Treasurer WMU of North Carolina
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College
Dr. Oliver Smithies, 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine
Mackey J. McDonald, Chairman, VF Corporation
Sen. Marc Basnight, President Pro-Tempore, NC Senate (D) – District One
Karl Campbell, Author, Sam Ervin: The Last of the Founding Fathers
David Moore, Archaeologist, Warren Wilson College
Bob Greczyn, Jr., President and CEO, BCBSNC
William Link, Author, Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism
Keith Fishburne, President and CEO, Special Olympics of NC
Rob Christensen, Senior Political Reporter, The News & Observer and author of The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics
Chuck Neely, President, Board of Directors, Triangle Land Conservancy
Kevin Stewart and Mary-Russell Roberson, Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas
James Holshouser, Former Governor of North Carolina
James B. Hunt, Jr., Former Governor of North Carolina
Martin Lancaster, Former President, NC Community College System
Dr. Mark Couture, Medical Missionary
General Dan McNeil, Commander International Security Force, Afghanistan
James Moeser, Chancellor, UNC Chapel Hill
George Bernhardt, Jr., Businessman, Lenoir
Jim Leutze, Chancellor Emeritus, UNC Wilmington
Bill Johnson, Chairman, President and CEO, Progress Energy
Jay Barnes, Director, NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores
Ted Fiske, Former Education Editor, New York Times
Emil Kang, Executive Director, Carolina Performing Arts
Dr. J. L. Williams, Founder, New Directions International
Sorien Schmidt, Sr. Vice President, Action for Children North Carolina
Katie Early, President, SECU Family House
Bob Jordan, President, Jordan Lumber Company
Dr. Charlie Nelms, Chancellor, North Carolina Central University
Mike Fox, UNC-CH Baseball Coach
Kevin Martin, Chairman, FCC
Dr. Fred Brooks, Kenan Professor, Dept of Computer Science, UNCCH
Jean Anderson, Award-Winning Cookbook Author
Sarah Schroth, Sr. Curator, Nasher Museum, Duke University
Bob Royster, former Director of Production, UNC-TV
Kay Hagan, Democratic Candidate for US Senate
Pat McCrory, Republican Candidate for Governor of NC
Beverly Perdue, Democratic Candidate for Governor of NC
William Leuchtenburg, Political Analyst
Camilla Herlevich, Founder and Executive Director NC Coastal Land Trust
Debra Morris, 2008 Wachovia Principal of the Year, A. L. Brown High School, Kannapolis, NC
Rufus Edmisten, Attorney
Ferrel Guillory, Director, Program on Public Life, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill
Sen. Walter Dalton, Lt. Governor Elect
Dr. Michael Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University
Jean Anderson, Award-winning Cookbook Author
Dr. Mark Couture, Medical Missionary (encore presentation)


2007 Guests

Rye Barcott, President and Founder, Carolina for Kibera, Inc.
Earline Heath King, Sculptor
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, NC NAACP
General Henry H. Shelton, U. S. Army, Retiredr
Marian Yates, 2006 Wachovia Principal of the Year
Dr. Bill Atkinson, CEO of WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Mary Easley, First Lady of North Carolina
Blanton Godfrey, Dean, College of Textiles, NCSU
Terry Holland, Director of Athletics, ECU
Steve Ballard, Chancellor, ECU
Hodding Carter, Professor of Leadership and Public Policy, UNC CH
Erskine Bowles, President, University of North Carolina
Eleanor Brawley, Project Director, Families of Abraham
David Bushman, President, Lees-McRae College
Judy Pitchford, President and CEO, USO of North Carolina
David Dodson & Ferrel Guillory, MDC
Patrick McCrory, Mayor of Charlotte
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill
Jim Brooks, NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, West  Wilkes High School
Jan Davidson, Executive Director, John C. Campbell Folk School
Paul Dallas, World War II Veteran
Scott Siliman, Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security
Jane B. Stephenson, Founder, New Opportunity School for Women
Joseph Schwarzer, Executive Director, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
North Carolina Humanities Council Event, David Crabtree interviews North Carolina People's own William Friday
Leah Devlin, State Health Director, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Mike Lassiter, Author of Our Vanishing Americana
Peter Agre, Vice Chancellor of Science and Technology, Duke University
Ann Goodnight, Community Volunteer
Jill McCorkle, Professor of English, NC State University
Harry Watson, Director, Center for the Study of the American South, UNCCH
Dale Burrus, Community Leader, Hatteras
Trudy MacKay, Professor of Genetics, NC State University
Dickson Phillips, World War II Veteran
Rep. Joseph Hackney, Speaker of the House, (D) District 54
Craig Hill, Principal, Kinston High School, 2007 Wachovia Principal of the Year
Walter Horace Barrett, World War II Veteran
Rep. Paul Stam, Minority Leader, R-37th District, NC House of Representatives.
Robert Weiss, Artistic Director, Carolina Ballet
Paul Dallas, World War II Veteran (encore presentation)
Bill Holman, Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
Dr. Mary McDuffie, Executive Director, NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching
Lt. Everett Clendenin, Public Information Officer, North Carolina Highway Patrol
Dickson Phillips, World War II Veteran (Encore Presentation)
Norris Tolson, President and CEO, NC Biotechnology Center
Rose Post, Retired Reporter/Columnist, Salisbury Post
Stuart Albright, Milken National Teaching Award Recipient
Walter Barrett, World War II Veteran, (Encore Presentation)
Polly Johnson, Executive Director, NC Board of Nursing
Mike Gray, Host, Almanac Gardener
Governor Mike Easley


2006 Guests

Dr. June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Hal Crowther, Author
Anne Ponder, Chancellor, UNC Asheville
Stephen Troxler, Commissioner of Agriculture
Dr. Robert Blouin, Dean, UNC Pharmacy School
Richard Moore, NC State Treasurer
Robin Pendergraft, Director, State Bureau of Investigation
Dr. Robert Murphy, Executive Director, Center for Child and Family Health
Randall Kenan, Associate Professor of English, UNC-CH
Tammi Sutton, Principal and Founder, KIPP Pride High School
Martin Eakes, CEO, Self Help Credit Union
Gary York, Business Entrepeneur
Mike Raley and Anne Clapp, WPTF Radio
Larry Stogner, ABC11 Eyewitness News Anchor
William Graham, Dean, Harvard Divinity School
Taylor Branch, Author
Sam Watkins, Jr., Chairman, Embassy Square Foundation, Henderson, NC
Dr. Philip Dubois, Chancellor, UNC Charlotte
Ran Coble, Executive Director, NC Center for Public Policy Research
Randy Parker, President, Vance-Granville, Community College
Dr. Kenneth Peacock, Chancellor, Appalachian State University
Dr. Dan Kaufer, Associate Professor of Neurology, UNC-CH
Dr. Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University
Jack McKeon, Former National League Baseball Manager of the Year
Charles Lovelace, Jr., Executive Director Morehead Foundation, UNC-CH
Barry Van Deman, President, Museum of Life and Science
George Hamilton, IV, Recording Artist
Delores Todd, Athletic Director, NC A & T University, Greensboro
Stephan Schwartz, Senior Advisor and Research Director, The Rhine Research Center
Brad Wilson, Former Chairman, University of North Carolina Board of Governors
John D. Loudermilk, Songwriter
Joey Cheek, Olympic Gold Medal Speedskater
Ronnie Best, Manager, State Farmer’s Market, Raleigh
Bob Hall, Research Director, Democracy North Carolina
David Price, Congressman, (D) Fourth District, North Carolina
Rep. Joe Hackney, NC House Majority Leader, (D) 54^th District
Tom Campbell, Host, NC Spin
Julia Morton, Widow of Hugh Morton
Dr. Etta Pisano, Professor of Radiology, UNC School of Medicine
Gaylon Moss, Director, Disaster Relief, NC Baptist Convention
Dr. Don Bitzer, Distinguished University Research Professor, NCSU
Dr. Ian Newbould, President, NC Wesleyan College
Elizabeth Edwards, Author of "Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers"
Barry Saunders, Columnist, News and Observer
Dr. David Jones, Director, NC Zoological Par
Sen. Richard Burr, U. S. Senate, R-North Carolina
Jose-Marie Griffiths, Dean, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-CH
Herb Jackson, Artist
William Powell, Editor, Encyclopedia of North Carolina
Jan Karon, Bestselling Author
North Carolina Governor Michael F. Easley


2005 Guests

Johnpaul Harris, Sculptor
Nancy Olson, Owner, Quail Ridge Books and Music
Laura Gail Lunsford, Director, Park Scholarship Program and NCSU
Becky Young, Mabopane Foundation
Bob Greczyn, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
Dorothy Redford, Curator, Somerset Plantation Historic Site
Felton Capel, Chairman and President, Century Associates
Michael Brader-Araje, Entrepreneur
Dr. Olson Huff, Asheville Pediatrician, Senior Fellow, NC Child Advocacy Institute
Thomas Sayre, Sculptor (SAY-ehr)
Jose Isasi, President and CEO, Latino Communications, Inc.
Linda Harrill, President, President/CEO Communities In Schools North Carolina
Jack Evans, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, UNC Chapel Hill
Jim Leutze, Interim Executive Director, N. C. Progress Board
Shannon St. John, President, Triangle Community Foundation
Sterling Freeman, Executive Director, Wildacres Leadership Initiative
Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles, Gardeners
Richard Bell, Landscape Architect
Richard Brodhead, President, Duke University
Skip Bollenbacher, Executive Director, Destiny Program, UNCCH
Stan Riggs, Distinguished Research Professor, East Carolina University
Michael Blackwell, President, Baptist Children’s Homes of NC
Dr. Pam Silberman, President-Elect, NC Institute of Medicine
Dr. Thomas Hearn, President, Wake Forest University
Maylinda Maynor Lowery, Filmmaker
Bob Goodson, Chairman, Board of Directors, NC GreenPower
Ron Wellman, Athletic Director, Wake Forest University
Ernie Mills, Founder and Director, Durham Rescue Mission
Sam Brake, CEO Grain Growers Cooperative
Rosemary DePaolo, Chancellor, UNC Wilmington
Kent Chabotar, President, Guilford College
Brian Toomey, Executive Director, Piedmont Health Services, Inc.
James Oblinger, Chancellor, NC State University
Bill Smith, Chef, Crook’s Corner Restaurant, Chapel Hill
Eric Meyers, Vice President, Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina
Jerry Richardson, Owner, Carolina Panthers
Jennie Barbour, Director, Chapel Hill Museum
Jack Betts, Associate Editor and Columnist, The Charlotte Observer
Howard Lee
Andy Griffith
John Swofford, Commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference
Ken Thompson, Chairman, President and CEO, Wachovia Corporation
Kim Rorschach, The Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum, Duke University
Don Sturkey, Retired Chief Photographer, The Charlotte Observer
Margaret Hyatt, 2005 Wachovia Principal of the Year, Avery’s Creek Elementary, Arden, NC
Steven Burke, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, NC Biotechnology Center
John Hope Franklin, Historian
Molly Broad, President, University of North Carolina
Ed Baker, Director, NC Institute of Public Health
Sam Wells, Dean, Duke Chapel
Governor Mike Easley