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.

Tolls on the I-77 Express Lanes north of Charlotte will be fixed for the first six months, then fluctuate with traffic volumes after that. An NCDOT video shows what rate signboards will look like.

The contractor building toll lanes on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte will unveil initial toll rates and hear public comments at a meeting Thursday night in Huntersville.

Lyn Alexis, 25, lives at Gracious Hands with her daughter, Iori, 5.
David Boraks / WFAE

Today, an update on a Charlotte housing story we’ve been following since March in our series "Finding Home."

Gracious Hands is a three-year-old program in northwest Charlotte that helps homeless women and children get back on track and into permanent housing. One of those women is Lyn Alexis, who was living out of her car with her daughter before moving to Gracious Hands.

The projected rainfall of Florence over North and South Carolina.

Updated: 5:45 p.m.

National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham says when Florence comes ashore and slows down, more problems are expected inland with heavy rainfall and high winds.

The Monroe solar farm, on about 400 acres off South Rocky River Road, has about 684,000 solar panels.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy says it expects to nearly triple its solar power generating capacity over the next 15 years in the Carolinas. At the same time, the company says in a new filing with state regulators it will continue to build gas-fired plants and close coal-fired plants. 

New Mint Museum CEO Todd Herman talks to supporters and community members at an introductory breakfast Wednesday at Mint Museum Uptown.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Mint Museum's new CEO says he wants to help raise Charlotte's profile on the national arts scene. Todd Herman was introduced at a breakfast for supporters and community members Wednesday at the Mint Museum Uptown, where he talked about his decision to accept the job.

Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council

The head of Charlotte's Arts & Science Council has announced plans to retire. Robert Bush said Wednesday he will step down at the end of council's fiscal year, June 30, 2019. 

President Trump visited Charlotte Friday to sign an executive order and help boost Republican candidates.
Jeff Cravotta / WFAE

President Trump lauded Charlotte and North Carolina Republicans as he visited the city for an event to sign a measure on retirement security and attend a fundraiser. 

Tolls on the I-77 Express Lanes north of Charlotte will be fixed for the first six months, then fluctuate with traffic volumes after that. An NCDOT video shows what rate signboards will look like.

One of the big questions about the North Carolina Department of Transportation's I-77 toll lane project north of Charlotte is how much will the tolls cost? Expect an answer in two weeks at a public hearing on the rates.

Laura Clark United Way
United Way of Central Carolinas

United Way of Central Carolinas has named a new president and chief executive. Laura Clark, who is currently executive vice president and chief impact officer for the organization, will replace Sean Garrett, who stepped down to become the chief executive with United Way of Metro Chicago.

Updated Aug. 31, 2018
Local officials around Mecklenburg County are strongly criticizing a school board vote Tuesday that would basically stop new school construction in Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill.