The North Carolina Reading Service (NCRS) has been operating as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit serving the blind and print-impaired community since 1983. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the service, founded by North Carolina State Professor Doctor Ed Funkhouser and Raleigh businessman Ben Eason, provides news and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NCRS provides quality programming with daily live broadcasts of the News and Observer and USA Today. We have also grown to include newspapers from eastern North Carolina.

Those newspapers include the New Bern Sun Journal, Greenville Daily Reflector, and Wilmington Star News. Listeners also enjoy special programs such as North Carolina Symphony Notes, Salute a Veteran Everyday, and Legal Matters, just to name a few.

NCRS fills a vital role in replacing isolation with connections. In addition to people with vision impairments, we also reach out to a growing population of people, both children and adults, with print disabilities. Print disabilities include anything that prevents someone from being able to easily access printed material. This may be due to arthritis, stroke, MS, ALS, learning disabilities as well as literacy challenges.

The North Carolina Reading Service can be heard through various means. The most efficient way is to use our streaming media player located in the upper right corner of any page on our site. Please visit our Listen page to learn all the ways you can receive our programming.

If you would like to learn more about the North Carolina Reading Service, please feel free to contact us.

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Meet the NCRS Staff

May Tran

Executive Director

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Missy Hollander

Production/Volunteer Manager

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Janet Schanzenbach

Director of Development and Community Relations

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Chris Skidmore

T3 Program Manager

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Members of the NC Reading Service Board


George B. Douglas, III
Retired, Time Warner Cable Executive
Volunteer Reader

Vice President

Steve Murphy
Retired, NCDSB – District Rehab Manager


Sharon Benton
Retired, City of Raleigh


Jeffrey Johnson
General Manager, Tanger Outlet Mall

 Immediate Past President

James Benton (December 2017)
Governor Morehead School for the Blind, Employment Counselor

Emeritus Members

Ben Eason, Co-Founder (Deceased 2006)
Mr. Eason, totally blind from his teen years on, was a successful and well-respected businessman. He was retired when he passed away in 2006.

Doctor Ed Funkhouser, Co-Founder
Retired NCSU College of Social Sciences, Professor

Robert K. Otterbourg, Past President

George B. Douglas, III, President
Term 18-21

Steve Murphy, Vice President
Term 17-20

Jeffrey Johnson, Treasurer
Term 16-19

Sharon N. Benton, Secretary
Term 18-21

Marcia Gordon
Term 20-23

Brice Smith
Term 20-23

Greg Suggs
Term 20-23

Marisa O. Chrismon
Term 15-21

Gina Powell MLIS
Term 16-22

Jennifer Powell OD
Term 18-21

Cynthia Speight MS
Term 12-22

Matt Towler
Term 15-21

Jennifer Walker
Term 18-21