David Boraks

Reporter

David Boraks covers energy & the environment, politics & government, transportation and other topics for WFAE.  He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who also has worked at The Charlotte Observer (1993-2000) and published the online community news network DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net (2006-2015).

He also has worked for American Banker (2000-2005), The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-89).  He has been a Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow (1997), won the North Carolina Information Technology Association Media Award (1998), won the Davidson College Sullivan Community Service Award (2009), and was an Annenburg/Knight Block-by-Block New Entrepreneur fellow (2011). 

David has a bachelor's  degree in history from Cornell University and a master's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

City council member Lawana Mayfield talked to reporters Wednesday about her opposition to Charlotte's bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
David Boraks / WFAE

The City Council could vote as early as Monday on contracts required to host the Republican National Convention in 2020.  The action comes amid reports that Charlotte is the favorite to be nominated for the event, and as council members debate whether hosting it is a good idea.

New Panthers owner David Tepper addressed the media Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium.
David Boraks / WFAE

New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper says he expects to overhaul the business side of the organization to create a more open, family atmosphere to avoid troubles like those under previous owner Jerry Richardson.

The Monroe solar farm, on about 400 acres off South Rocky River Road, has about 684,000 solar panels.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy has put out a call for companies that want to build new large-scale solar farms around the state.  The projects would satisfy a 2017 state law that requires the company to seek competitive bids for new solar projects.

A Lynx Blue Line Train at 9th Street Station uptown. CATS is trying to figure out how to pay for expanding the transit system north, west and southeast of uptown.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System says damage to overhead power lines early Monday morning has interrupted service on the Blue Line light rail between UNC Charlotte and McCullough stations in northeast Charlotte.  

Rebates would help pay for solar panels on a rooftop
Elliot Brown / Flickr

Duke Energy will begin offering solar rebates Monday in North Carolina. Solar energy advocates say it could help speed installations of rooftop solar panels.

President Donald Trump addressed the crowd at Airport High School in West Columbia.
David Boraks / WFAE

A debate is intensifying over whether Charlotte should host the 2020 Republican National Convention if it's chosen at the end of this month. The matter could come down to a city council vote this summer. 

Charlotte Family Housing / Google Maps

Updated Friday, July 6, 2018
Charlotte Family Housing is closing two of its three homeless shelters for the summer as it copes with a loss of funding from the United Way and other sources. 

CATS lost about $3.2 million in state funding for public transit in the new state budget.
CATS

State funding for public transportation was cut 26 percent in the budget passed last month by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. That has local agencies like Charlotte Area Transit System scrambling to replace the funds.

Workers have nearly completed an expansion of Concourse A at Charlotte-Douglas airport. It's scheduled to open in a few weeks.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport's $2.5 billion expansion will hit a big milestone in a few weeks - the opening of an expanded Concourse A.

The bodies of two boaters  missing on Lake Norman over the weekend were found Sunday.  The two men were reported missing Friday night after they failed to return from fishing.  

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