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, Thursday mornings on behalf of NOC. For a short stint, I co-hosted the Thursday morning 3-D News show.

Most recently, I wrote a piece for Indy Week about an OCS investigation that upheld a parent’s allegations of racial intimidation and discrimination.

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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, and feature stories. The website was ramped up for breaking news and social media sharing.