David Boraks

Reporter

David Boraks is a reporter and host at WFAE, covering energy & the environment, politics & government, affordable housing, transportation and other topics for WFAE.  He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who also has worked at the Charlotte Observer (1993-2000) and published the online community news network DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net (2006-2015).

He also has reported for American Banker (2000-2005), and worked as an editor at The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-1989).  He was been a Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow (telecommunications, 1997), won the North Carolina Information Technology Association Media Award (1998), won the Davidson College Sullivan Community Service Award (2009), and was an Annenberg/Knight Block-by-Block News Entrepreneur fellow (2011). 

David has a bachelor's  degree in history from Cornell University and a master's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

State officials worry offshore drilling could threaten tourism, fishing and the environment.
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Gov. Roy Cooper is making another plea to President Donald Trump to include North Carolina in a ban on offshore drilling. 

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Republican leaders want public school students in North Carolina to have the option of returning to five-day-a-week, in-person classes as soon as possible. They laid out their argument during a press conference Wednesday. It was partly a chance for Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest to criticize the phased school reopening plans of Gov. Roy Cooper. 

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North Carolina Republican leaders are calling on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to give parents the option of choosing full-time, in-person classes in public schools. 

A 2019 survey found that 96.5% of housing providers near the Lynx Blue Line in Charlotte said they do not accept federal housing vouchers.  A proposed rule would ban discrimination based on source of income.
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A Charlotte City Council committee is expected to discuss Wednesday whether to recommend banning housing discrimination based solely on how renters pay. The rule, which would be the first of its kind in North Carolina, is aimed at making it easier for people to find housing. 

Map shows the proposed route for the Lynx Silver Line light rail, from Belmont (left) to Matthews and Union County (lower right).
Charlotte Area Transit System

Charlotte Area Transit System is holding a series of virtual public meetings over the next two weeks seeking comments on the route for the proposed Silver Line light rail. 

Duke Energy finished this natural gas-fired power plant in Asheville in April 2020, replacing an old coal-fired plant.
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Environmental and social justice groups say a new 15-year energy plan filed this month by Duke Energy would bring higher rates and still fall short of addressing climate change.  

How seismic airgun testing works.
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An oil and gas exploration company has withdrawn its application for a permit to conduct seismic testing off the North Carolina coast.  

Catawba County health officials used contact tracing to identify 41 cases that originated with a family gathering recently.
Catawba County Public Health

Public health officials across North Carolina are continuing to use contact tracing in hopes of limiting spread of the coronavirus. When it works, they can pinpoint the origin of an outbreak, map it and ask people to quarantine. But area health departments have successfully traced only a few large outbreaks. More often, they meet resistance as people refuse to share information or follow quarantine requests. 

A rendering of "5 Points Plaza" at the intersection of West Trade Street, State Street, 5th Street and Beatties Ford Road.
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City leaders are pledging to revitalize the Beatties Ford Road area in west Charlotte by stepping up criminal and building code enforcement and promoting economic development.

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North Carolina's large solar developers and Duke Energy have reached agreements on key issues that have delayed many projects. Duke says that could get more solar farms online faster. 

Map shows where WesternGeco plans seismic testing off the North Carolina coast.
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President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to his interior secretary Tuesday that exempts the Atlantic coasts of Florida, South Carolina and Georgia - but not North Carolina - from his push to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. 

Fifteen miles of the I-77 Express Lanes opened Saturday between Huntersville and Mooresville.
David Boraks / WFAE

Construction is finally done on the northern section of the Interstate 77 toll lanes in the Lake Norman area north of Charlotte — eight months behind schedule. But the remaining two segments still aren't finished.  

Greg Jackson runs the group Heal Charlotte, which wants to buy a hotel off I-85 for a transitional housing campus.
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The group Heal Charlotte was founded after the police shooting of Keith Scott in 2016 to improve police-community relations. This year, it's been helping people with food and housing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the group has an ambitious plan to buy a hotel to help solve the city's affordable housing crisis. 

Contractors for the EPA take soil samples at a house on the West Side of Davidson Tuesday.
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Federal environmental officials say they've finished testing more than 100 additional properties around an old asbestos mill in Davidson. Only six -- including a town-owned park -- need cleanups. That's fewer sites than after previous testing three years ago.   

Blanche Penn held a sign outside the Mecklenburg Courthouse Tuesday calling for rent and mortage relief for people facing eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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North Carolina tenant advocates are welcoming a surprise federal order announced Tuesday that halts all eviction proceedings nationwide until the end of the year. But Isaac Sturgill of Legal Aid of North Carolina says it may only delay a wave of evictions to the new year. 

Sheep from a local farm are grazing to keep grass down beneath the panels at Duke Energy's Monroe solar farm.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy has sent North Carolina regulators a new long-range energy plan. This year's plan has something new: scenarios for faster adoption of renewable energy. But they come at a price. 

HillRock Estates is at Kilborne Drive and Eastway in East Charlotte.
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Charlotte homeless services organization Roof Above is getting into the apartment business with the purchase of a 341-unit complex in east Charlotte. The $50 million purchase includes a guarantee the units will stay affordable for at least another 27 years. 

North Mecklenburg leaders and Mount Zion United Methodist Church (left) want this Confederate monument removed from in front of the church.
David Boraks / WFAE

Community and church leaders are renewing calls for the removal of a Confederate monument in Cornelius erected by a private group 110 years ago. 

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One man died and another was injured in a shooting early Sunday at a pool party at an Airbnb on Idlewild Road in Union County. 

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson spoke during a roundtable with local officials Thursday in Kannapolis.
David Boraks / WFAE

People living in some federally financed housing will have until the end of the year to catch up on any payments they missed during the coronavirus-induced economic downturn without losing their housing. 

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released body camera footage Wednesday from the night of June 2, when officers fired tear gas at marchers who were protesting against police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

Map shows where WesternGeco plans seismic testing off the North Carolina coast.
WesternGeco

North Carolina is appealing a federal decision to allow offshore seismic testing in advance of potential drilling for oil and gas. 

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Protesters gathered in uptown Monday evening after Charlotte's portion of the Republican National Convention ended. Earlier in the day, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence addressed GOP delegates at the Charlotte Convention Center. It was the fourth night in a row that there were demonstrations against the RNC in the city. 

A mountain of coal ash has been reduced to the original ground level near Riverbend.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy is urging state regulators to approve rate increases at its two North Carolina electric utilities, including money to pay for cleanups of toxic coal ash.   

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People living in tents on a vacant lot off 12th Street just northeast of uptown cleared out ahead of a 5 p.m. Friday deadline to leave the property. But most didn’t go far. 

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State regulators and environmentalists have reached an agreement with chemical maker Chemours that adds new requirements for preventing contamination of the Cape Fear River.

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A Mecklenburg County judge says the city of Charlotte and CMPD do not immediately have to release contracts and other public records detailing spending on this month's Republican National Convention. 

A homeless resident uses a flashlight in a tent at a homeless camp near uptown Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say despite health concerns with the coronavirus pandemic, they have an obligation to help property owners remove homeless encampments. But advocates for homeless residents worry many may just move their tents elsewhere. 

Workers installed bridge sides on the Hawthorne Avenue bridge this summer.
Charlotte Area Transit System

City Council members raised questions Monday about construction delays on Charlotte's $150 million Gold Line streetcar project.

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NASCAR is joining other major U.S. sports leagues in venturing into the betting business. The auto racing circuit announced Tuesday it has signed a multi-year deal with New Jersey-based BetMGM to develop and promote betting on races. 

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