David Boraks


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 worked for American Banker (2000-2005), The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-89).  He has been a Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow (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.

Thomas Finlay, left, of the Carolina Rapids and Jim McPhilliamy, owner of the Charlotte Independence professional soccer team, announced the creation of a new youth to professional club in the Charlotte region.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Independence Soccer Club is the new organization's name. It will have more than 12,000 players from Fort Mill, South Carolina, to Iredell County. It's being formed by the merger of the Carolina Rapids in the Lake Norman area, Discoveries Soccer Club in Fort Mill, and Lake Norman Soccer Club in Mooresville.

A group of students with UNC Charlotte's NAACP chapter urged the city council Monday to take action on police killings of black men.
David Boraks / WFAE

A judge in Charlotte Tuesday morning will consider whether to order the release of an additional nine minutes of body camera video showing the police killing of a Charlotte man a month ago. Monday night, city council members agreed the video should be released, but had differing views on how they came to be shown a longer version of the video than Charlotte Mecklenburg Police released.

Federico Rios, the city's immigration and integration manager, spoke to the city council Monday.
David Boraks / WFAE

City officials are drawing up recommendations for improved language services aimed at the city's immigrant communities. Those include a so-called "language-access plan," to make sure city services and written materials are available in the many languages spoken across the city. 

A man rides a Lime rental bicycle in uptown Charlotte in late March. The company has phased out the rental bikes.
David Boraks / WFAE

It looks like electric scooters have beaten out dockless bicycles in the race for users on Charlotte's streets. Lime said Thursday it has phased out its green rental bicycles in Charlotte over the past several weeks to focus on scooters.  

Dan Bishop speaks during Tuesday's Republican 9th Congressional District forum.
David Boraks / WFAE

Early voting begins next Wednesday, April 24, in the Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District seat. The seat remains unfilled after state elections officials invalidated last November's results because of absentee ballot fraud. Mark Harris, the Republican who led unofficial results in that race, isn't running. But 10 other Republicans are - and eight showed up at a candidate forum Tuesday in south Charlotte.

Kerr Putney
David Boraks / WFAE

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said Tuesday he hopes as early next Friday, April 26, to present the Mecklenburg County district attorney with results of an internal investigation into the March 25 police shooting of a man outside a west Charlotte fast-food restaurant.

Sarah Chambers and two of her kids posed for a photo on the day they moved out of their east Charlotte home in February. They sold to Zillow Offers.
Sarah Chambers

Charlotteans like to talk about how hot the local real estate market is, and for good reason. People are moving here in large numbers - 60 a day by one estimate. That means lots of homes are being bought and sold. But individuals aren't the only buyers.

Mary Ellis Stevens was striking for climate action Friday with from left, Julia Duffy and Alyssa Smith of Myers Park High School, Julia Caussil of Hopewell
David Boraks / WFAE

For the past seven Fridays, 14-year-old Mary Ellis Stevens of Charlotte has skipped classes at Trinity Episcopal School and staged what she calls a School Strike for Climate outside Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. It's not about getting a day off - she's following the lead of other young activists trying to build a global youth movement to fight climate change.

Trucks move coal ash at Duke's Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman. The company plans to cover ash in place at the plant.
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated 11 a.m.
Duke Energy says it will file an appeal soon of state regulators' orders last week that it must excavate coal ash from six coal-fired power plants in North Carolina that don't already have approved closure plans.   

Wells Fargo
Zuri Berry / WFAE

Wells Fargo is selling its Charlotte-based retirement and trust business for $1.2 billion to Principal Financial Group.  

CMPD vehicle
Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Charlotte Mecklenburg police say they're treating the suspicious death of a 60-year-old man just south of uptown Charlotte Friday as a homicide.

Mecklenburg County Young Republicans executive board.

Mecklenburg County Young Republicans are calling for an overhaul of the state Republican Party leadership. That's after a series of political losses and the indictment of state party leader Robin Hayes on charges of improper campaign contributions and lying to the FBI. Hayes has stepped down from day-to-day leadership of the party.  But county young Republican chair Larry Shaheen said that's not enough.

A local and federal crime task force seized 83 pallets containing 6,400 stolen items during an October raid at a Tool King USA storage unit.
CMPD / U.S. Attorney's Office

A Charlotte man has pleaded guilty to running a retail theft ring that stole more than $4 million in merchandise between 2015 and 2018. Edwin Barkley, 63, pleaded guilty in federal court last month to running the ring out of two stores and four storage units off North Tryon Street.

Tom Bullock and Logan Cyrus

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says he has no problem with Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden's desire to expand law enforcement beyond the traditional role of the sheriff's office.

David Boraks / WFAE

Homicides in Charlotte are up sharply this year, according to quarterly statistics released Wednesday by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. CMPD says it investigated 33 homicides in the first three months of 2019, up from just 10 in the same period last year and 23 in 2017.

Michael Marsicano, Foundation for the Carolinas CEO, speaking at the Foundation's annual lunch, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated 4:15 p.m. 

Two more large banks have announced investments in Charlotte's private-sector affordable housing fund, putting the fund nearly two-thirds of the way to its $50 million goal. Foundation for the Carolinas CEO Michael Marsicano said Tuesday that public and private groups have pledged more than $200 million for housing in the past year. 

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

Updated: 6:49 p.m.
The state Department of Environmental Quality has ordered Duke Energy to excavate coal ash from six remaining coal-fired power plants in North Carolina that don't already have closure plans. 

An electric vehicle at a charging station.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy is proposing a $76 million program to add more than 2,500 public and private electric vehicle charging stations statewide and to promote the use of electric vehicles.

Architect's drawing shows plan for a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown Charlotte. JenkinsPeer Architects is working with the county.
Mecklenburg County/JenkinsPeer Architects

Charlotte missed out on winning a Major League Soccer franchise last year. But hopes remain that the city might still have a shot, especially since Carolina Panthers' owner David Tepper keeps saying he's interested. But what if a women's team became the first top-level professional club here? 

CMPD chief Kerr Putney answered a question from a resident during Thursday's community meeting at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
David Boraks / WFAE

CMPD chief Kerr Putney says police body camera video eventually will be released from Monday's shooting of a black man by a white police officer at a fast-food restaurant on Beatties Ford Road.