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

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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.

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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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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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In the race for Matthews mayor, incumbent Paul Bailey and town Commissioner John Higdon will move on to next month’s general election. They were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary.

More than half of North Carolina's 100 counties are experiencing some level of drought conditions as of Oct. 3, 2019.
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR OF NORTH CAROLINA

More than half of North Carolina’s 100 counties are experiencing drought as fall begins with unseasonably hot weather. 

A fire erupts at Balls Creek Campground
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Updated at 2:45 p.m.

Forty wooden tents were destroyed and nine others damaged by fire late Sunday night at a historic campground in Catawba County.

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In Mecklenburg County, there's one more primary before the Nov. 5 general election. Matthews has a mayoral primary on Oct. 8.

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At a news conference Tuesday morning at Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers and concert promoter Live Nation announced that singer Billy Joel will be coming to uptown.

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Charlotte City Council on Monday delayed a vote on whether to give Mecklenburg County a 10-year extension to sell an uptown park to make way for development.

Dan Bishop speaks during Tuesday's Republican 9th Congressional District forum.
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Dan Bishop is now a member of Congress.

Bishop, who won a special election against Democrat Dan McCready last week, was sworn into the U.S. House Tuesday afternoon.

HORRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The chairman of the Charlotte board that reviews law enforcement complaints has been arrested and charged with a slew of underage sex crimes that police say took place over a 22-year span.

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
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The North Carolina House of Representatives unexpectedly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget early Wednesday morning in what the governor called "an assault" on democracy.

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Voters will head to the polls on Sept. 10 to decide who will represent North Carolina's 9th District in Congress. For Charlotte voters, it's also the primary for the partisan City Council race. Here are a few quick things to know before you head to the polls.

U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT

When people are booked into jail, their fingerprints are taken.

Local law enforcement agencies then send fingerprints to the FBI to check on outstanding warrants or a person’s criminal history. But the fingerprints don’t stop there, either. Under a program called Secure Communities, the FBI automatically sends the fingerprints it receives to the Department of Homeland Security, which checks for hits in an immigration database.

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