In 2010, A.J. Fletcher Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to UNC-TV to continue production of an original series entitled ‘Biographical Conversations.” The grant was the latest installment in a 16 year history of funding the series which showcases extraordinary North Carolinians whose influence and vision have earned them national prominence and a place in history.

North Carolina has produced artists, writers, politicians, and athletes that have erupted onto the national scene. UNC-TV’s production captures one-on-one conversations and provides a rare and revealing look at storied North Carolinians.

The series pairs rare vintage and contemporary photographs with these revealing interviews to help viewers visualize the people, places, and events that defined the times of these treasured Tar Heels.

Featured guests thus far include:

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Julius Chambers

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Henry Frye

Jim Gardner

James Holshouser

Jesse Helms

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James B. Hunt

Junior Johnson

Howard Lee

James G. Martin

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Betty McCain

Hugh McColl

John Medlin

Hugh Morton

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Wendell Murphy

Bob Scott

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

Terry Sanford

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Ret. Gen. Hugh Shelton Bob Timberlake

UNC-TV will premiere the latest chapter in the series on Sunday, May 11, at 6pm. ‘Biographical Conversations with Jim Gardner’ takes a look at the life of a North Carolina business entrepreneur and tireless political figure. Parts two and three of the program series will air at 6pm on May 18 and May 25, respectively, and all episodes, including previous ones, will be streamed and available online at Additional information about each of the series’ featured guests, including timelines, photos, and additional video can be found at

About UNC-TV

UNC-TV provides people of all ages with enriching, life-changing television through its distinctive array of programs and services, including four digital channels: flagship UNC-TV; UNC-EX The Explorer Channel; UNC-KD The Kids Channel; and UNC-MX The Eclectic Mix Channel (available on digital cable only). UNC-TV’s 12 stations comprise North Carolina’s only statewide television network, made possible through a unique partnership of public investment and private support. UNC-TV is committed to producing, broadcasting and sharing content for and about North Carolina, making it the state’s most important source of information about North Carolina. UNC-TV is PBS and more for all North Carolina. For more information, visit and join the conversation by liking us at and following us on Twitter @UNCTV.

About A.J. Fletcher Foundation

The mission of A.J. Fletcher Foundation is to support nonprofit organizations in their endeavors to enrich the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina. To achieve this, AJF partners with nonprofit organizations that recognize and solve social and civic problems and provides resources to advance big, bold ideas. To learn more, please visit


Shannon Ritchie, Director of Digital and Innovation, A.J. Fletcher Foundation, 919 322 2580

Steve Volstad, Director of Marketing and Communications, UNC-TV, 919 549 7173

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