Meet Heather Burgiss
Producer & Host
Collards, bluegrass, whirligigs, the mountains, the coast, and a good dog…are just a few of her favorite things…
Proclaimed by the King of NASCAR, Richard Petty, as a “North Carolinian by proxy,” Emmy®-nominated and award-winning producer/host Heather Burgiss has been telling stories of her adopted home state on UNC-TV since June 2000.
With My Home, NC, Heather searches out unique and important voices in hometowns across North Carolina. Each episode gives a deeper glimpse and connection into the cultural fabric of communities through interesting people, food, music, and places that make you want to sit a spell, grab a bite, tap your toe, and reflect on all that’s special in the Land of the Long Leaf Pine.
When she’s not storytelling, Heather enjoys the outdoors and visiting the mountains with her husband, their three sons, and good dog, Ruby.
Miriam has only been in North Carolina a few years (since 2014), but this West Coast transplant loves capturing the diverse, beautiful stories that have helped her call North Carolina home.
An Emmy®-nominated videographer, Miriam loves a story that takes her somewhere she has never been or opens a perspective she has never heard. She strives in each episode to find moments that radiate the vibrancy of life and the intimate exchanges that reflect the true nature of home.
When she is not filming, she enjoys hiking, a good beer, coffee and traveling. She spends several months of the year in her other home of Rwanda, where she works with her husband, the Director of the Kefa Project, to reconcile families and find homes for homeless youth.
Jonathan Duran began calling North Carolina his home, In 2002, when he traveled some 1,600 miles from El Salvador to Durham, NC. He attended college at Appalachian State University, where he got a taste of the high country and Southern hospitality. Now, Duran searches all over the state of North Carolina for stories that document human diversity, resilience, and philanthropy, with an eye towards social justice.
Creating engaging and meaningful video content that audiences can relate to is something Duran is passionate about. Over the years he has learned that audiences remember, above all, how they feel after watching a video, and creating that strong emotional connection is what Duran aims to do through My Home, NC.
Funding My Home NC digital is provided, in part, by the Tom Howe Fund for UNC-TV. Special thanks to My Home, NC contributors Carol Jackson and Katherine Johnson.