David Boraks


David Boraks covers energy & the environment, politics & government, 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 Annenburg/Knight Block-by-Block New 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.

The City of Charlotte also is planning to buy the old Double Oaks Elementary School site off Statesville Road for future affordable housing.
Mecklenburg County Commission

Charlotte officials are looking at selling or donating city-owned land as part of a campaign to spur construction of affordable housing. 

  Floodwaters from the Cape Fear River surround Duke Energy’s gas-fired Sutton plant on Sept. 22, 2018.  About a foot of water entered the plant, which has been shut down.
Duke Energy

Initial water tests by Duke Energy have found above-normal levels of arsenic and heavy metals in the Cape Fear River, downstream from the flooded cooling lake at Duke's Sutton plant near Wilmington. But the company says it's not harming water quality.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are investigating a shooting Monday morning on Shamrock Drive in east Charlotte.  CMPD says nobody was hurt in the incident, which was reported at 9:04 a.m. near Lawrence Orr Elementary School. 

The flooding Cape Fear River has surrounded the gas-fired Sutton plant near Wilmington and overrun a former cooling lake on the site.
Duke Energy

Flood waters have forced Duke Energy to shut down its power plant along the Cape Fear River near Wilmington. 

Temple B'Nai Israel on Chestnut Street had some trees down and roof damage that affected the sanctuary.
David Boraks / WFAE

Wednesday was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It's one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar. But Hurricane Florence has forced synagogues to cancel services. The sanctuaries at both Temple of Israel and B'nai Israel were damaged in the storm.

Roy Cooper talks with out-of-state emergency workers at a temporary dormitory in Wilmington Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and FEMA chief Brock Long visited Wilmington Tuesday afternoon to view damage from Hurricane Florence and meet out-of-state emergency workers camped at a shopping mall.

Wilmington residents are emerging from homes and shelters after riding out Hurricane Florence.  Power was still out on Front Street Sunday afternoon, but a few businesses were open for those who ventured out, providing food and supplies or a beer among friends.

Cars lined up to get food and supplies at two distribution points in Wilmington Tuesday, Sept. 18.
David Boraks / WFAE

WILMINGTON — Power is still out and most stores are still closed in the parts of southeastern North Carolina hardest hit by Hurricane Florence. Emergency food distributions began Tuesday in several counties, including the coastal county of New Hanover. 

National Guard trucks lead an Illinois swift water rescue crew and other vehicles across a flooded section of US 74 Business near Whiteville Sunday.
David Boraks / WFAE

Here's what a flash flood looks like. It's midday Sunday here on US 74 Business in Whiteville in Columbia County, where rising waters from a swamp are rushing over the road. A swift water rescue team from Illinois is here with several trucks and a boat, trying to get east to help out with the storm.

I-77 Mobility Partners leaders listened to speakers at a public hearing Thursday. From left: public affairs director Jean Leier, CEO Javier Tamargo and chief infrastructure officer David Hannon.
David Boraks / WFAE

A rush hour commute on all 26 miles of the toll lanes on I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville will cost up to $6.55 one way when the lanes open later this year - and more later on. The project's contractor announced the rates at a public hearing in Huntersville last night, and hinted that some sections of the project may not open on schedule.