Cole del Charco


Cole del Charco is a journalist, writer and radio producer from Hickory, North Carolina.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UNC’s School of Media and Journalism in 2018. He’s participated in the Next Generation Radio project and the Transom Storytelling Workshop. In college, Cole worked for The Daily Tar Heel and helped start four podcasts for the Audio Desk and was the “best reporter” for the award-winning student radio newsmagazine, Carolina Connection, in the fall of 2017.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last week, the Department of Justice charged 50 people in schemes to pay for positions for their children at top universities across the country. It was called the, “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted,” but it doesn’t paint the whole picture. 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

North Carolinians can’t seem to agree about what to do with Confederate monuments and other memorials of the Civil War. A series of programs over the last two months titled “Beyond the Myths: The American Civil War in History and Memory” concludes Wednesday. 

Monday, March 4, 2019 

Can Americans disagree politely anymore? In an increasingly polarized political climate, it certainly doesn’t seem like it. But, that’s the idea an upcoming forum at Queens University of Charlotte called “Can We Talk?” will explore.


Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019


Hate crimes and incidents of hate speech are on the rise – sometimes with deadly consequences.  In Charlotte and North Carolina, a lot of the hate speech seen on college campuses is facilitated by social media.  


Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

A lot has changed since the last time Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991. This time, uptown is lively, there's a Hornet in the starting lineup and Michael Jordan is an owner. Guest host Erik Spanberg talks with the Hornets' Fred Whitfield and others about what to expect this weekend.

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The community of Denver has boomed with its proximity to Lake Norman, and so have the needs for infrastructure improvements. There’s a lot of agreement about that, but how to deal with it is another matter. 

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2018  

During the longest shutdown in history, National Parks were left open with 20 percent of the parks' normal staff. Some experienced vandalism, trash piled up, trees were cut down by visitors and at least seven people died in the parks during the shutdown.  As the government reopens and parks return to 100 percent staffing, we look at the state of North Carolina’s National Parks.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The city of Charlotte has been planning on a 26-mile trail for the last six years, but last week the city announced that the current amount of funding is $77 million short of finishing the project. How did the city miscalculate by so much? Where does the project stand now? And, why does it matter?

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

The increasingly frenetic pace of the news and what some view as a torrent of bad news is causing people to burn out. Mike Collins and guests discuss how much can Americans take in coming year and what to do about “news fatigue.”

Things move so fast today, that it’s difficult to process what just happened before something else takes center stage. If you ask enough people what they think about the news, you’ll find some who are trying, perhaps for the first time, to tune it all out. 

Construction on I-77 toll lanes near I-85 in April.
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The contractor behind the I-77 toll lanes has pushed back the date for a portion of the project's opening.

I-77 Mobility Partners said the northern section of the toll lanes, near Hambright Road to Exit 36 in Mooresville, had been set to open by the end of 2018, but delays from weather and a more expansive project forced the company to adjust its open date. That section of toll lanes is now expected to open in the first quarter of 2019.

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In January, big changes will start to take place in Hickory. Construction on a long-awaited "City Walk" will begin four years after citizens approved a $40 million bond referendum to improve city infrastructure with the hope of attracting jobs.

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The UNC Board of Governors declined a proposal to build a $5.3-million education center to house the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In August, protesters toppled Confederate statue "Silent Sam" on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.
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In the months after Silent Sam, a Confederate monument on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, was torn down by protesters, the University has been trying to decide what to do with it.

But even if they wanted to keep the statue off campus, officials say they couldn't.

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 Updated: 6 p.m. 

The North Carolina General Assembly approved a bill Wednesday that would return the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to its former state from 2016.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are all back Wednesday after 35 campuses were closed Tuesday due to the storm. There was a scramble in the northern part of the district to get schools ready while students who were off found ways to entertain themselves.

In August, protesters toppled Confederate statue "Silent Sam" on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.
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UNC Charlotte's student body president said that she and the rest of the student government are standing with their counterparts at UNC Chapel Hill in opposition to the Confederate monument "Silent Sam."

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In the past three weeks, state legislatures in Wisconsin and Michigan have moved to strip power from incoming Democratic governors. The tactics, while themselves different, follow the efforts of North Carolina Republicans in 2016 to limit the power of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

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As of Friday morning, some 270 trucks had spread 205,000 gallons of salt brine on roads across the state ahead of a winter storm expected to hit this weekend.

Garnet, left, and Karma at their new home in Asheville, N.C.
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A pair of endangered red wolves have been relocated to the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville as part of the Species Survival Plan.

Karma, a female, and Garnet, a male, are both around 3-years-old and moved to the center in November. 

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Will Healy made clear Wednesday that he wants to create excitement for UNC Charlotte football.

“Where we’re sitting right here at one point in time will be part of a stadium with 40,000 people screaming about Charlotte athletics,” Healy said during his first news conference as coach of the 49ers. “That’s my hope for this place.”