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.

Cole’s work has been published and broadcast by The Daily Tar Heel, The Hickory Daily Record, the Indy Week, UNC-TV, WCHL, WFAE, WUNC and WXYC.

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Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Tropical Storm Michael continues to move northeast at 24 mph. The storm is expected to pick up speed on its path toward the Atlantic Ocean, where it will exit the Atlantic Coast Thursday night.

National Hurricane Center

With another hurricane on the way, Charlotte’s arborist is concerned more of the city's trees will fall. During Hurricane Florence, 549 fell into roads and were cleared by the city’s Tree Canopy Preservation Program.

National Hurricane Center

Updated 5:20 p.m. Tuesday

Michael has strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 120 miles-per-hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane Michael will reach the Carolinas by Thursday.
National Weather Service

Tropical storm Michael became Hurricane Michael Monday morning, and is on track to be in the Carolinas between Wednesday evening and Thursday evening. 

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Tharon Drake was 14-years-old when he started to go blind. But he’s always found clarity in the pool. Now he’s helping others hone their performance at Catawba College as the first blind NCAA swim coach.

And Drake can hear good form. Seriously.

The Amazon Fulfillment Center in Concord.
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Amazon announced plans to increase the minimum wage it pays workers to $15 an hour Tuesday.

The company employs hundreds in the Charlotte region and plans to expand with a plant near Charlotte Douglas International Airport and another in Kannapolis. The pay bump will certainly be felt by Amazon's employees, but will also be felt by other employers competing for workers.


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed two bills into law Wednesday to provide relief for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

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The Charlotte Fire Department is responding to a natural gas leak Thursday in uptown Charlotte.

Sycamore Brewing is one of many breweries to host local bands.
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Charlotte has never been a Nashville or even an Atlanta when it comes to live music, but that's not to say a local scene doesn't exist here. It's just a little tougher to find, especially after a string of live music venues shut down in the last few years.

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As the city of Charlotte is bracing for Florence, the State and City Departments of Transportation are clearing up storm drains and preparing roads.