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.

Sarah Delia / WFAE

Let’s start at the top of the ticket. The first called race of the evening was for Hillary Clinton. There were plenty of cheers and "Hillary!" chants at Jackalope Jacks near uptown, where about 50 Hillary Clinton supporters gathered to watch the results come in. 

David Boraks / WFAE

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stopped in Hickory today to hold what he called "a lovefest." He fired up the crowd at Lenoir Rhyne University with talk of trade deals, immigration, and ISIS. Supporters and opponents of Trump outside the auditorium were also fired up.

WFAE’s David Boraks and Lisa Worf were there and discuss the mood of the rally. 

David Boraks / WFAE

The Charlotte Observer is moving to a new office this spring - and that means saying goodbye to the current four-story newsroom and office building on South Tryon Street, which is expected to be redeveloped. On Thursday, a few hundred employees past and present reunited for a couple of hours to reminisce.  WFAE’s David Boraks once worked there as an editor and reporter, and joined the crowd.  

Utility Services Corp.

 It takes a lot to keep a water system healthy. In Union County this month, public works employees have been cleaning the water mains using an unusual procedure called “ice pigging.” We went to see how it works. 

David Boraks / WFAE

Hundreds of people were lined up before 9 a.m. Monday outside the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, where Republican presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at noon.  Most were Trump believers, while a few supporting others came to hear his message. And across the parking lot, a handful of protesters waved anti-Trump signs.

The Particle Falls art installation from its March 2016 showing in Charlotte
David Boraks / WFAE

A light installation that went up Friday night on an uptown building is more than a work of art. It’s a bit of science, too, visualizing the quality of the air we breathe. WFAE environmental reporter David Boraks went to see it.

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North Carolina environmental regulators have issued violation notices against Duke Energy for unauthorized wastewater leaks at 12 coal ash basins around the state. The sites include Allen Steam Station in Belmont, Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman, and Buck Steam Station in Salisbury.

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

The bankruptcy filing of a Texas toll road operator this week has state transportation officials reassessing plans for toll lanes on I-77. And toll opponents jumped on the news.

Opponents who want the state to cancel plans for widening I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville with toll lanes argue similar projects haven’t attracted the traffic and revenues expected.

Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

The battle over toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte has taken another twist.  State officials say they’ll re-assess the toll-lane plan for after a sister company of the NCDOT’s contractor filed bankruptcy in Texas. 

NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson said last night he will go to Texas Monday to meet with transportation officials there to find out more about the bankruptcy. Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced the move in a statement Wednesday night, attributed to Tennyson: 

David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

Local officials  are discussing how to save the Lake Norman Transportation Commission, after three of the four member towns voted to withdraw.

Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville founded the commission eight years ago to lobby for transportation improvements in the rapidly growing Lake Norman area. Davidson Mayor John Woods says it has worked:

Duke Energy

North Carolina regulators have given Duke Energy the go ahead to build two new gas-fired electricity generating units in Asheville. The $1 billion project will replace an existing coal-fired plant on the site, which Duke plans to retire.

The approval came over the objection of environmentalists who argued that Duke overstated the need for a new plant in the North Carolina mountains.

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Public hearings begin this week on proposed rules and deadlines for closing Duke Energy’s North Carolina coal ash sites. The rules are important because they’ll set deadlines for cleanups and determine whether Duke gets to cap the ash in place, or must move it to more secure locations.

Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Republican lawmakers didn’t hide their agenda in approving North Carolina’s new congressional district maps last week. Representative David Lewis helped draw the maps and told a legislative hearing last week:  “We believe this map will produce an opportunity to elect 10 Republican members of Congress.”

Duke Energy

Consumers in Florida have filed a class-action lawsuit against Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light over what they say are unconstitutional charges for nuclear plant construction.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy has launched a new storytelling website focusing on people, energy and the environment and on Duke itself. Called Illumination, it grew out of an internal site aimed at employees.

“What we realized is that a lot of the stories we’ve been sharing with employees could be of great interest to either broad or niche audiences outside of Duke Energy,” says co-editor Greg Efthimiou.

nick tennyson
David Boraks / WFAE

North Carolina’s transportation secretary says he’s willing to renegotiate parts of the DOT’s contract with a private company to add toll lanes on I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville. Nick Tennyson made the offer in a letter last week to local leaders on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, which sets transportation policy for the region.

Duke CEO Lynn Good
Duke Energy

Beginning a few decades ago, Duke Energy began buying up plants outside the U.S. It also acquired companies beyond the Carolinas that sell energy on the open market. Now, Duke wants to tighten its focus on what it calls its core businesses.

A special state legislative committee has approved a new Congressional district map that would dramatically alter district lines, including those that include Charlotte. The changes are required after a federal court found North Carolina’s 1st and 12th districts unconstitutional.

The Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting voted 24-11 along party lines in favor of the map, which was redrawn by Republicans. It now goes to the full General Assembly, which Gov. Pat McCrory has called into a special session Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.

Huntersville.org

Huntersville town commissioners have voted to drop out of a regional transportation group originally set up to give the Lake Norman area more clout on road and transit projects. It’s another sign of discontent over the NCDOT’s plan for toll lanes on I-77.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

The City of Charlotte has fined owners of the NASCAR Plaza building in uptown Charlotte for a November fuel spill that killed and injured wildlife in nearby Little Sugar Creek. City officials say cleanup costs for building owner Parkway Properties totaled about $83,000 - including a $4,200 fine.

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