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 the Tar Heel State 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. 

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A growing number of North Carolina counties are becoming so-called Second Amendment sanctuaries, including several in the Charlotte region.

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Events are planned around the Charlotte region Monday in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which marks the birthday of the late civil rights activist. 

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Sheriff's deputies in York County, South Carolina, say they seized 14 dogs that may have been used for fighting Saturday after a 71-year-old woman was mauled. The woman is alive but had to be flown to a Charlotte hospital for treatment.

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Police say one person was shot and killed and two others wounded early Thursday in Charlotte.


First, it got a mustache. Then goggles. Then a helmet for its baseball-shaped noggin. Now, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers' mascot has a name: Boomer.

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Gaston County native and former MLB star Wes Helms has been named manager of the Charlotte Knights for the 2020 season.


Charlotte-based Truist Financial Corp. unveiled its new logo Monday. The new bank, which is a merger between BB&T and SunTrust banks, will now feature a dark purple background with two sideways Ts inside a square.

An EF-2 tornado hit North Central High in Kershaw, S.C., on Saturday night.
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Updated 3 p.m. Monday

No injuries were reported Saturday night after a tornado severely damaged a South Carolina high school.

The tornado struck North Central High in Kershaw, about 55 miles southeast of Charlotte, as severe weather moved through the Carolinas.

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Charlotte-based Duke Energy will have to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash from six North Carolina sites — including Allen Steam Station in Belmont — as part of a settlement between the company, the state and several community groups.

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The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has named 14 former clergy members it considers "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children.

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Riley Howell was a lifelong Star Wars superfan. Now Howell, whom police called a hero for helping stop a gunman's rampage at UNC Charlotte, has been written into a galaxy far, far away as a Jedi master.

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A Gaston County man faces a first-degree murder charge in the 2018 death of his wife – who state investigators allege was poisoned with eye drops.

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Charlotte has officially scored a Major League Soccer franchise.

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Charlotte City Council last night unanimously approved a $50,000 grant as part of a project for preserving and redeveloping the historic Excelsior Club in west Charlotte — but city staff said the state of the building itself has substantially deteriorated.

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Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber will be in Charlotte Tuesday morning for a "special announcement."

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is opening an office in Charlotte for his 2020 presidential campaign.

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The newly formed Truist Financial Corp. will buy Hearst Tower in uptown Charlotte for $455.5 million and rename the building Truist Center.

Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.
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The pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church has been placed on leave as the Diocese of Charlotte investigates a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse.

Police say Brooks' Sandwich House co-owner Scott Brooks was shot and killed Monday morning outside of the NoDa restaurant.
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Updated 2 p.m. Wednesday

Police say the co-owner of Brooks' Sandwich House in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood was shot and killed early Monday outside the restaurant.


The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says human remains found near Lake Norman in January belong to a slain Charlotte woman who disappeared in 2016.