Project First Person

Do you have questions about the policy promises of our public officials and how they are really impacting everyday North Carolinians? How about some real answers from impacted people in their own words? Click on the short videos below to hear the personal stories of North Carolinians and their experiences with public education, health care, and struggles for clean water across our state.

Meet Emily, a North Carolina special ed teacher who works two jobs to make ends meet.

Meet Carrie, a restaurant worker with type 2 diabetes in Sylva, NC who has never been offered healthcare.

Meet Aron, a Graham Co. beekeeper who can't afford to provide health care to his employees.

Meet Dale, a Republican county commissioner in Graham Co. who sees the desperate need for Medicaid expansion in rural North Carolina.

Meet Shana, a North Carolina school counselor who supports over 400 students.

Meet Teresa, a veteran teacher assistant from Currituck County talking about the needs of her students.

Meet John, a cancer survivor who would not have made it without the ACA.

Meet Karen, a Guilford County music teacher who works two part-time jobs in addition to being a full-time teacher.

Meet Vickie and Richard. After raising 12 foster children, this Ashe County farming couple can't afford health care.

Meet Doctor Adams, a pediatrician who sees how expanding Medicaid would help all of North Carolina.

Meet Elyse, who is a teacher working a second job in order to make ends meet in North Carolina.


 Meet Rene. State lawmakers think it's OK to spray hog waste on her home.


Meet Austin, a teacher and wrestling coach in North Carolina whose child qualifies for Medicaid.


Meet Del, a veteran teacher in North Carolina who speaks up about the lack of school supplies for North Carolina classrooms. 


 Meet Martha, a mother whose son relies on the ACA daily.


 Meet Debra, a victim of coal ash contamination who lost her husband to the toxic chemicals.


Meet Amy, who is a victim of coal ash contamination who is forced to live off of bottled water.


Meet Denise, a teacher from Chatham County who moonlights at Macy's to make ends meet.


Meet Katie and Dan, two former special education teachers from Buncombe County who left the state for better pay.


Meet Catherine Stennette, a former North Carolina teacher who left the state for better pay in Houston, Texas. 


Meet Callie Hammond, a veteran North Carolina teacher and single mom who is forced to buy school supplies for her students with her own money. 


Meet Kim Rathburn, a former North Carolina teacher who left the state for better pay in South Carolina. 


Meet Kirstie Fischer, who was already packed and ready to move after teaching in North Carolina for years without a raise. 

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