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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The coronavirus pandemic has hit many of North Carolina's small businesses hard — especially those in the service industry. With dine-in service banned and most customers staying at home, some restaurants are finding creative ways to stay afloat.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is ordering utility providers in the state to not cut off service to people who are unable to pay their bills amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Police in Charlotte are investigating two separate homicides this weekend.

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Updated 5:45 p.m. Sunday

North Carolina passed a milestone on Sunday morning with more than 1,000 cases of the coronavirus reported throughout the state. Those include two new deaths — in Buncombe and Mecklenburg counties.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says tighter social restrictions could be issued soon in the wake of the state's first two coronavirus-related deaths. 

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Large parks seem like a natural fit for social distancing, right? After all, it should be easy to stay six feet away from other people in the woods — in theory. But a growing number of outdoor destinations are shutting their gates and telling visitors to take a hike as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state now has “community spread” of the coronavirus.

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Police say a 25-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday night in southwest Charlotte. 

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Police say a 34-year-old man was shot and killed while being treated inside an ambulance early Wednesday morning in south Charlotte. 

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Updated 5:10 p.m. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is ordering all restaurants and bars in the state to close for dine-in customers as the region scrambles to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Takeout and delivery services will be allowed to continue.

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Police say they're investigating a deadly overnight shooting in north Charlotte.

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Mecklenburg County has three new likely cases of coronavirus, county Health Director Gibbie Harris said Monday.

Updated 4:30 p.m.

South Carolina health officials say one person has died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It’s the first death reported in the Carolinas as cases mount.

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Police say a 19-year-old man was shot and killed late Saturday night near Charlotte's popular South End area.

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Mecklenburg and Gaston counties have declared states of emergency as health officials are now reporting 32 likely cases of the coronavirus in North Carolina.

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North Carolina officials are urging people in the state to avoid large crowds and work from home if possible in response to the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

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South Carolina health officials say there's a likely case of coronavirus in Lancaster County – making it the first in the Charlotte region.

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Police say a 19-year-old woman died one day after being shot in traffic in west Charlotte.

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Updated 9:30 p.m. March 9

South Carolina health officials say they identified four new likely cases of coronavirus Sunday and a fifth Monday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to seven — including a man who flew into Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Five of the cases are in Kershaw County northeast of Columbia.

Health officials in North Carolina, meanwhile, say a person who tested positive for the disease caused by the virus spent a few days in the Triangle area while symptomatic.  

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Police say a 22-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday night in northwest Charlotte.

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