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.

If you get TV over the airwaves (not cable or satellite), you'll need to re-scan the channels next week.
FCC

A three-year project to reallocate television broadcast frequencies nationwide is finishing up, and that means changes if you get TV using an antenna. 

An architect's drawing shows the planned Centene Corp. campus in University Research Park.
Centene Corp.

Managed health care giant Centene Corp. says it will build a $1 billion East Coast headquarters and technology hub in northeast Charlotte. The company expects to hire about 3,200 people over the next 12 years, and that could nearly double in the future.

CATS currently has 56 hybrid diesel-electric buses like this one, but no battery electric buses yet.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System is finally getting its first electric buses. A federal grant announced earlier this month will help CATS start to replace the heavier polluting diesel buses it now uses. 

Travelers are beginning to return to Charlotte Douglas Airport.
Ann Doss Helms / WFAE

Passenger traffic at Charlotte Douglas International Airport remains down about two-thirds from where it was before the coronavirus pandemic. But if you're flying in or out of Charlotte this July 4th holiday weekend or the rest of the summer, don't assume you'll find an empty airport. 

This image from a South Korean video shows theatergoers what to expect before they enter "Phantom of the Opera," including a thermal scan to detect a fever.
"Phantom of the Opera" Korea/Instagram

Large gatherings are still banned across the country to prevent spread of the coronavirus. That means big performance halls are silent and sports stadiums and arenas are closed. But in Asia, big musical productions and baseball are back -- and seats are filled. North Carolina venue operators are looking at those models as they plot how to reopen.   

David Boraks / WFAE

Updated 4:15 p.m.

Police say three people were killed and 11 others injured after a shooting at a block party in northwest Charlotte early Monday. Five of the people injured were hit by cars. 

Michael Falero / WFAE

A North Carolina Superior Court judge on Friday ordered CMPD to temporarily halt the use of force against peaceful protests. The ruling came from a hearing that was scheduled following a lawsuit filed earlier in the day by civil rights groups against the city of Charlotte and police chief Kerr Putney's use of tear gas, flash-bang grenades and other tactics against peaceful protesters.

The 7th & Tryon project is really four projects. It includes a new main Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, at right, and a redevelopment of Spirit Square, at left. Offices, shops and housing are included.
Mecklenburg County

Plans to redevelop two blocks of North Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte are back on track after Mecklenburg County and other partners resolved differences that stalled the project this winter. It now looks like affordable housing will be in the mix.

At Chime Solutions' expansion announcement Tuesday were, from left, City Council member James Mitchell, Mayor Vi Lyles, Chime CEO Mark Wilson and Teddy McDaniel of the Urban League of Central Carolinas.
David Flower / City of Charlotte

Georgia-based Chime Solutions says it will add 250 jobs at its Charlotte operations — jobs that officials say will give employees a shot at improving their economic mobility. 

David Boraks / WFAE

Demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality are now in their third week in Charlotte. On Monday evening, about 75 protesters gathered at uptown's First Ward Park just before a light rain began to fall.

Jorge Millares of Queen City Unity spoke across from CPI Security headquarters Monday.
David Boraks / WFAE

Activists are calling for a boycott of Charlotte-based CPI Security after CEO Ken Gill made racist comments in an email.

David Boraks / WFAE

Two weeks after nightly protests against systemic racism and police brutality first began in Charlotte, the demonstrations were still going strong Friday night. What started out as a small gathering of about 50 marching from First Ward Park early in the evening grew to about 100 as onlookers began joining the cause.

About 60 young people marched against racial injustice in south Charlotte Friday. (David Boraks/WFAE)
David Boraks / WFAE

About 60 people, most of them teens, marched against racial injustice in south Charlotte Friday afternoon. They gathered at Elon Park on Ardrey Kell Road at midday and marched about 2.5 miles to Blakeney Park off Rea Road, then back to Elon Park.  It was a diverse crowd, including a few parents and other adults.

CMPD Capt. Brad Koch talks with marchers in a protest Sunday, May 31, in uptown Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Brad Koch has been a regular at Black Lives Matter marches over the past two weeks, mostly welcomed. But when he showed up at a Charlotte Uprising rally Monday, protesters swarmed him, demanding that he leave. He cupped his hand to his ear, then raised his hand, palm upward, as if to suggest he couldn't hear them. Moments later, a protester shoved him and they ended up wrestling in the grass. It’s a sign of the mixed reaction to Koch's presence at the marches. 

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

People gathered in front of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in uptown Monday with a call to defund police departments. The rally was organized by the group Charlotte Uprising. This is the 11th day of demonstrations against police violence and systemic racism in the city.

David Boraks / WFAE

Updated 11:15 p.m.

A forecast of thunderstorms Friday evening led Charlotte city leaders to cancel a planned Community Conversations meeting at the Mecklenburg County Government Center. But that didn't stop demonstrators from marching through the streets of uptown -- and to South End, for the first time -- for an eighth straight night to protest systemic racism and police brutality.

Braxton Winston
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston wants the city to eliminate money in next year's police department budget for chemical agents such as tear gas that are used to disperse crowds. 

David Boraks / WFAE

Updated 7:35 a.m.

For the sixth night in a row, protesters took to the streets of Charlotte to decry systemic racism after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But for the first time since daily demonstrations began, there was a little less tension between protesters and police. 

David Boraks / WFAE

Tuesday marked the fifth day of protests in Charlotte in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Several thousand people participated in what was one of the city's largest demonstrations in recent memory. But just as in recent days, a peaceful afternoon protest gave way after dark to confrontations between police and protesters uptown. 

David Boraks / WFAE

Two rallies in uptown Charlotte Sunday afternoon brought big crowds downtown to remember George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police officers and white people outside the force. Both rallies had a more serious and soul-searching tone than protests Friday and Saturday nights.

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