Charlotte Wray

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I’m currently a reporter at the Daily Dispatch in Henderson, NC. I primarily cover public safety and government.

Previously, I was the editor at the News of Orange County in Hillsborough. I wrote about business and development, and kept tabs on Orange County Schools and the Town of Hillsborough. This is where I cut my teeth as a journalist and fell in love with community newspaper reporting. For almost three years, I appeared on WHUP, Hillsborough’s local radio station, every Thursday morning on behalf of NOC. For a short stint, I co-hosted the Thursday morning 3-D News show.

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Right now at the Dispatch, I’m covering the indictment and subsequent trial of a Granville County Sheriff who allegedly helped plot the murder of a former deputy, as he heard the deputy was going to expose audio recordings of him using “racially offensive language.” The recordings of him encouraging a third party to kill the deputy were relayed to the SBI in 2014, but an investigation never took off until the last few months. The sheriff most recently agreed to a suspension.

Most recently for Indy Week, I wrote an article on the aftermath of an OCS investigation that upheld a first-grader’s parent’s allegations of racial intimidation and discrimination that I wrote about in April. Following that investigation, Orange County Schools settled a retaliation claim made by the investigator – and they also paid nearly $50,000 to have the matter reinvestigated. Twice.

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I’m an Appalachian State University alumna with a bachelor’s in journalism. Before graduation, I was an editorial assistant at The Appalachian Voice, a bi-monthly newspaper from Appalachian Voices, a nonprofit that advocates for renewable energy and land conservation throughout the Appalachian region.

During my undergraduate years, I desk jumped at The Appalachian, eventually landing on managing editor. With a gritty team of young journalists, we were the first class to overhaul the original print publication and redesign the newspaper to focus on enterprise, long form investigative, and feature stories. The website was ramped up for breaking news and social media sharing.