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. 

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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.

Truist Financial's headquarters is the Truist Tower in uptown Charlotte, formerly the Hearst Tower.
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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.
Dashiell Coleman / WFAE

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.

IREDELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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.

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After Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles was sworn in for her second term Monday night, she said violent crime will be a focus of City Council in 2020. Her words came on the heels of Charlotte's 103rd homicide in 2019.

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Updated 5:30 p.m.

Police say two men were killed in shootings just hours apart late Monday and early Tuesday. Their deaths mark a grim milestone for the city: 100 homicides since the start of the year.

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UNC Charlotte's football team is bowl eligible for the first time in the seven-season history of the program.

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Charlotte rapper DaBaby is among several North Carolina artists who were nominated for 2020 Grammy Awards Wednesday.

KANNAPOLIS CANNON BALLERS

What's got a baseball for a face, an epic mustache and no name? The mascot of the newly renamed Kannapolis Cannon Ballers.

Mecklenburg County wasn't the only place with important races on the ballot on Tuesday. Voters in Gastonia sent two new faces to City Council, while in South Carolina, York will have a new mayor for the first time since 2002. 

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Updated 2:35 p.m.

Voters around the Charlotte region head to the polls today to pick the leaders of local cities, towns and the second largest school district in North Carolina. And in Mecklenburg County, voters are also being asked to decide on a quarter-cent sales tax to benefit arts, parks and greenways and education.

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People who live in and near Prosperity Village in north Charlotte have a new place to play.

N.C. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES / FLICKR

Seven North Carolina properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, including a movie theater in Kannapolis.

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Wet weather might just dampen some Charlotte trick-or-treaters' dreams this Halloween.

According to the National Weather Service, there's an 80% chance of rain pretty much all afternoon. That includes the possibility of thunderstorms after 4 p.m. and wind gusts as high as 25 mph.

Daniel Caton and Lee Hawkins / Appalachian State University

North Carolina has plenty of mysteries. Some date back centuries, and a few of them have connections to Charlotte. In the spirit of Halloween, here's a quick rundown of a few of unexplained occurrences.

MECKLENBURG COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Police charged a man with murder nearly a month after he allegedly drove a car onto Interstate 85 in Charlotte with another man clinging to the car's door. Willie Nathaniel Corry Jr. was killed Oct. 4 after he fell from the car onto the highway.

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Mecklenburg County health officials say people should get vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible.

U.S. SENATE / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina died Monday at 66. Hagan, a Democrat, served one term in the U.S. Senate, from 2009-2015.

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The first responders who rushed to UNC Charlotte on April 30 during a mass shooting were honored on the football field Saturday at a home game against the North Texas Mean Green.

DAN GOLD / UNSPLASH

Charlotte residents who struggle to afford transportation now have another way to get to new jobs.

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NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

Updated 4:45 p.m. Sunday

Police say a woman was shot and killed early Sunday morning in south Charlotte.

A U.S. Marine Corps honor guard removes the casket of Pfc. John Burke from a plane Oct. 24, 2019, at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Burke died in World War II and is being laid to rest in North Carolina after his remains were identified.
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The remains of a U.S. Marine are back home in North Carolina 76 years after he was killed in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

FBI.GOV

Federal prosecutors in Charlotte say a man pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire and mail fraud conspiracy in "romance and precious metal scams" that targeted the elderly.

U.S. SENATE

U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray testified in a Senate hearing Tuesday that so-called sanctuary city policies are "reckless," citing cases of people in the country illegally committing violent crimes after being released from jail in Charlotte.

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Police say no injuries were immediately reported Monday night after two state probation and parole officers were shot at then returned fire in west Charlotte.

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Updated 7 a.m. Tuesday

Two weekend shooting deaths have brought Charlotte’s homicide count to its highest level since the 1990s. Since January, 88 people have been killed in the city, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.  

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NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

Police say two people were shot and killed in separate homicides late Saturday and early Sunday in Charlotte, including a juvenile.

DASHIELL COLEMAN

The onset of North Carolina's famously vibrant fall colors has been delayed by an unseasonably hot start to fall and drought conditions.

But Howard Neufeld, a biologist at Appalachian State University known as the "Fall Color Guy," says there's still a good chance for rich color this year – especially since cooler weather has begun.

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