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. 

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.

police tape

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
Dashiell Coleman / WFAE

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. 

Henry McMaster
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.

CMPD vehicle

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

N.C. Department of Public Safety

Gov. Roy Cooper announced he's extending North Carolina's stay-at-home order until May 8, saying the state was "not ready to lift restrictions" in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster
U.S. Army

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is easing restrictions on some retailers and beach access because of what he called "common sense" of residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

N.C. Department of Public Safety

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state needs to make progress in the fight against the coronavirus before he lifts a stay-at-home order and other restrictions. But even then, Cooper said Wednesday, a "new normal" will likely be different than what North Carolinians have known for years.

Dashiell Coleman / WFAE

Skies are clearing now in the Charlotte area, but the National Weather Service says the region could see wind gusts of up to 40 mph through the afternoon.

Two N95-type face masks, or respirators, and a N100-type mask.
Debora Cartagena / CDC

After hospitals and doctors offices across North Carolina canceled nonessential procedures and in-person appointments because of the coronavirus pandemic, many nurses and medical staff were laid off or had their hours reduced.


Good Cup Coffee Co. / Facebook

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.

N.C. Department of Public Safety

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.


Police in Charlotte are investigating two separate homicides this weekend.


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.


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. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park / Facebook

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.