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.

Chief Kerr Putney addressed residents at a community meeting Thursday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, on Beatties Ford Road.
David Boraks / WFAE

There was some jeering and shouting Thursday night as Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney met with about 300 people at a church on Beatties Ford Road. The community meeting came three days after a police officer shot and killed a man at a fast-food restaurant nearby. 

The Carolina Energy play indoors at Bojangles Arena. They host the Carolina Predators Sunday in their season opener.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte's indoor football team, the Carolina Energy, open their second season Sunday afternoon at Bojangles Coliseum, against the Carolina Predators from Greenville, S.C.

The proposed bill would ban wind farms in red areas of this Department of Commerce map, deemed "significant risk." Yellow "moderate" risk areas aren't affected.
N.C. Department of Commerce

An 18-month moratorium on new wind energy farms in North Carolina ended Dec. 31. But a bill introduced in the state Senate Wednesday would ban new projects in all or part of two dozen eastern North Carolina counties. Renewable energy advocates say the bill would hurt economic development. 

Michael Marsicano of the Foundation for the Carolinas and Leading on Opportunity Council addressed a crowd at Founders Hall Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

It's been two years since a task force of Charlotte leaders published the Leading on Opportunity report. It outlined 21 strategies to improve economic mobility after a national study ranked Charlotte last out of 50 cities. Hundreds of business and civic leaders gathered uptown Tuesday to review the effort so far.

State Rep. Chaz Beasley talks to reporters in Cornelius Monday about a bill he and other lawmakers are poposing to remove what they say are "roadblocks" to renegotiating the I-77 toll lanes contract.
David Boraks / WFAE

State lawmakers from the Charlotte area have filed a bill they say would remove legal "roadblocks" to re-negotiating the contract for toll lanes on Interstate 77.

Duke CEO Lynn Good
Duke Energy

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good's total compensation was down last year, compared with 2017. Good, who has led Duke since 2013, received $13.9 million, about one-third less than $21 million the year before.

CMS spokesman Tracy Russ outlines the "Guns Can't" campaign at a press conference Thursday.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has begun a social media campaign to promote awareness of the danger of guns. The Guns Can't campaign launched Thursday with a series of posters contrasting what guns can't do with what students can.

Chaz Beasley

State Rep. Chaz Beasley of Charlotte says he's running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in 2020. Beasley made the announcement in a Facebook Live video Thursday night.

Scooters lined up on South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte Wednesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

It has been 10 months since electric scooters appeared on Charlotte streets. Since then, city officials have been trying to figure out how to manage things like parking and safety. This week, the city began a six-month pilot project using small electronic payments that it hopes will help.

A site plan shows the layout of apartments proposed on Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church's site.
City of Charlotte

A church in north Charlotte's Hidden Valley neighborhood wants to sell some of its land for affordable housing. Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church on West Sugar Creek Road is asking the city to rezone about 4 1/2 acres for the project.

Continuum cable truck

Updated 10:19 a.m.

The towns of Mooresville and Davidson say they’re planning to sell their money-losing cable TV and internet system, called Continuum. The two towns say they’ve hired investment bank RBC Capital Markets to seek a buyer.

The fire damaged condos at The Admiral's Quarters, off West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius.
Huntersville Fire Department / (via Facebook)

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire early Monday that damaged several apartments at a condominium complex on Lake Norman in Cornelius.

Nobody was hurt, but eight adults, three children and several dogs and cats were displaced by the fire.

Credit Duke Energy / TVS Design

Duke Energy says it will start construction at the end of April on what is now a planned 40-story office tower across from its headquarters in uptown Charlotte.

Trees along Monroe Road at the Proximity Matthews project were supposed to be saved, but workers cut them.
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

 Updated 3:17 p.m.
The town of Matthews has fined a developer $50,000 for cutting trees that were supposed to be saved on the site of a new apartment and townhome complex on Monroe Road.

Redevelopment isn't just pushing up housing prices in Charlotte's North End, it's also affecting small businesses that rent space in the corridor.

City North Business Center on North Tryon Street is less than a mile from uptown, in an area of old warehouses and factory buildings. Last fall, it sold for $8.8 million to a Texas developer, who plans to bring new services to the neighborhood, including a brewery, shops and offices for creative businesses.

Charlotte Fire Department is adopting safety changes to address concerns about cancer among firefighters. Chief Reginald Johnson said that includes better wash-downs after incidents to remove potential carcinogens and requiring firefighters to wear breathing equipment for a time after a fire.

Camp North End is transforming an old factory complex off Statesville Avenue, and changing the neighborhood.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte's North End is a collection of new and old neighborhoods just north of uptown with about 9,000 residents. It's seeing a flood of new investment driven by its proximity to uptown and the buzz around the redevelopment of a massive factory complex off Statesville Avenue.

The new Duke Innovation Center is at Parkwood Avenue and 16th Street, in an old textile mill.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy has opened a new innovation center in an old mill just outside uptown, and it's not like any button-down corporate office you've ever seen.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office says a federal Department of Homeland Security special agent acted in self defense last year when he shot and killed a suspect outside a North Tryon Street nightclub. 

Janet LaBar
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance has named its first CEO.  Janet LaBar comes to Charlotte from Portland, Oregon, where she leads that area's regional business recruiting organization.