Dashiell Coleman

Editor, Digital News And Engagement

Dashiell Coleman is an editor for digital news and engagement at WFAE. Before joining Charlotte's NPR news source in 2019, Dash was a reporter for the Savannah Morning News in Georgia and the Gaston Gazette in Gastonia.

Dash is a North Carolina native who grew up in Henderson County before spending a few years in coastal Georgia going to college and starting a career as a newspaper reporter. He came back to North Carolina in 2017. In Savannah, he covered public safety, military, enterprise news features and a little bit of just about everything else. In Gastonia, he covered county government. 

He's been awarded for his reporting by the Associated Press Georgia Media Editors and North Carolina Press Association and for his photography by the Georgia Press Association. 


A former Buncombe County commissioner has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge over her involvement in what federal prosecutors say was a scheme to use county money to sponsor horse activities in North Carolina and Florida. 

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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture has long been at the forefront of public forums in Charlotte. The center's popular Talk About It Tuesday events brought experts together to talk through vital and complex topics like gentrification, the criminal justice system and barriers to economic mobility.

But 2020 and in-person events haven't exactly gotten along, with gatherings severely limited to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That doesn't mean engaging conversations can't still happen, though.

Carolina Renaissance Festival

If you've lived near Charlotte for any amount of time, you've probably heard of the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Each fall, the 25-acre village mocked up like a 16th-century European marketplace comes alive with pageantry, fair food and the occasional falconry demonstration.

N.C. Department of Public Safety

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says restaurants will have to stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. starting Friday. It's the latest restriction Cooper's administration has enacted in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the state.


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Police say two people were shot to death and another fatally stabbed over the weekend in Charlotte.

Earl Scruggs Center

There's no doubt about it: North Carolina's left a mark on how America sounds. From jazz to indie rock to hip-hop, the state's lent a lot of talent to the musical landscape over the years.

And the North Carolina Musician Murals Project is doing its part to show just how widely that legacy is spread across the state.

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Twelve volunteers will walk past a towering Confederate monument into the Gaston County Courthouse Tuesday to discuss whether that statue should be removed. The outcome will provide one measure of just how much perspectives are shifting on matters of race, power and history. 

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This is no ordinary year.

A pandemic is sweeping across the world as cries for changes to address systemic racism fill the streets of American cities. The economy is reeling, and a presidential election is looming. But sometimes self-expression thrives amid turmoil.

N.C. Department of Public Safety

Gov. Roy Cooper says North Carolina will stay in its current phase of COVID-19 restrictions for three more weeks and that most residents will be required to wear face masks in public when social distancing isn't possible. 

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Police say a fourth person has died after Monday morning's mass shooting in northwest Charlotte. 

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney will retire on July 1 — about two months ahead of schedule.

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Updated 4:15 p.m.

Police say three people were killed and 11 others injured after a shooting at a block party in northwest Charlotte early Monday. Five of the people injured were hit by cars. 

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Gaston County health officials say they’re concerned about a 312% increase in coronavirus cases in the county over the last two weeks – and especially alarmed by a sharp increase in the test positivity rate and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in that same stretch.

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Demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality are now in their third week in Charlotte. On Monday evening, about 75 protesters gathered at uptown's First Ward Park just before a light rain began to fall.

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As the temperature crawled into the upper 80s Thursday afternoon in Charlotte, Kalli Moore had already been standing on South Tryon Street for about an hour, paintbrush in hand.

She wasn't about to let the heat get in the way as she started shading a black-and-white portrait of George Floyd on plywood in front of a boarded-up real estate office. That's because art, she said, has "a major role" in social movements like the one began after Floyd was killed May 25 by Minneapolis police.

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Charlotte -- long slated to host the 2020 Republican National Convention -- has now lost the convention's main event. 

The Jerry Richardson statue at Bank of America Stadium will remain, says new owner David Tepper.
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The Carolina Panthers on Wednesday removed a statue of former team owner Jerry Richardson from in front of Bank of America Stadium in uptown "in the interest of public safety."

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Sunday evening marked the 10th straight night of protests in Charlotte demanding an end to systemic racism and police brutality. But Sunday morning gave clergy in a city known for its churches a chance to speak their minds.

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The Carolina Panthers announced Saturday night they were ending their business relationship with Charlotte-based CPI Security after the company's CEO made racist comments in an email. On Sunday, the Charlotte Hornets followed suit -- and so did the minor league Charlotte Knights baseball team.

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President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that the RNC will be "forced to seek another state to host" the event that is slated to be held in Charlotte's Spectrum Center in August. The GOP, however, clarified that the "celebration of the president's acceptance" of the nomination will take place in another city, but the business side of the convention could remain in Charlotte.

Spectrum Center

As tensions mount over whether the 2020 Republican National Convention will actually be held in Charlotte during the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolina's governor is telling organizers they need to plan for a scaled-down event with face masks.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, meanwhile, says the GOP is ready to "begin visiting" other cities and states for possible venues. 

Jesse Steinmetz / WFAE

The governors of the Carolinas are calling for peaceful protests after rallies over police brutality and racism in both states turned violent in recent days.

Spectrum Center

The Republican National Committee wants Gov. Roy Cooper's assurance by Wednesday that a "full convention" can take place in Charlotte this summer. It's the latest in an ongoing back-and-forth between the Democratic governor and officials organizing the Republican National Convention that's set to start Aug. 24 at the Spectrum Center.

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Nine people were hurt and one person was killed in a spate of violent incidents across Charlotte on Saturday. In one case, police said six people were shot in the same parking lot.

Crowders Mountain State Park
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The coronavirus pandemic has forced people to get creative about exercising. Gyms in North Carolina are closed. That – and perhaps a mass sentiment of feeling cooped up – is sending folks to parks in droves, putting a bit of a strain on places where rangers are trying to enforce social distancing. 

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South Carolina ETV

South Carolinians who've been waiting to go on pony rides, play miniature golf and visit waterparks over Memorial Day weekend got good news Wednesday. Gov. Henry McMaster announced that certain tourist attractions in the state can reopen Friday after being closed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

David Flower / city of Charlotte

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's next chief has been named.

Courtesy Blumenthal Performing Arts

There are stage lights. There's silence broken when a rapt audience bursts into cheers. And there's music – so much music – as students from Charlotte-area high schools show the world they can be Broadway stars.

Normally, anyway.

N.C. Department of Public Safety

Gov. Roy Cooper says the state can start the first part of a three-phase reopening plan Friday evening — but that doesn't mean North Carolina's stay-at-home order will be lifted immediately.

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Police say one person was shot to death Sunday morning in east Charlotte.