Richard Brunson, executive director of NC Baptists on Mission since 1992, is one of The News & Observer’s finalists for Tar Heel of the Year. He has made the organization’s volunteers a critical component of disaster response in North Carolina and around the country, particularly during hurricanes.

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The News & Observer’s Tar Heel of the Year

The News & Observer recognizes North Carolina residents who have made significant contributions in the last year and beyond. This year, we asked readers to tell us about people who have made a difference in our state. Here are our stories.

Martha Quillin is a general assignment reporter at The News & Observer who writes about North Carolina culture, religion and social issues. She has held jobs throughout the newsroom since 1987.