Charlotte Wray is the news editor at the News of Orange County in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
She also hates bios that are in third person.
News of Orange is a local newspaper. This means I cover breaking news and town council meetings. It also means our readers expect to see me at Last Friday events and their vacation bible school cookouts. I balance forming lasting community connections while keeping local officials accountable, all the while keeping the reader informed yet engaged.
In addition, I'm the editor of the quarterly magazine Forty Eighty-Five and an contributing writer for Wedding Belles, both publications from Womack Publishing Company.
Every Thursday morning I co-host the 3D News segment for WHUP 104.7 FM, Hillsborough's small town radio station.
When I'm not journalism-ing, I can be found binge-watching Top Chef, amateur podcasting in Graham, or sipping the finest PBR at the Wooden Nickel.
Before moving to the great land of Carrboro, I was an expert in driving the Blue Ridge Parkway with the windows down.
I am an alumna of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, with Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.
Before graduation, I worked as the 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.
I am also the former managing editor at The Appalachian, Appalachian State's student newspaper, where I sat as a leader on the first editorial board to redesign and reinvent the print publication and online reach.