Journalism

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Selected works of journalism, divided by category:


PROFILES & FEATURES:

The brutalist decision — Biotech giant United Therapeutics is clearing the site of RTP’s historic Elion-Hitchings building to make way for growth. Feature for Business North Carolina Magazine‘s December 2020 issue.

Dynamic diversity: The changing look of N.C. executive power — A series of profiles spotlighting diverse business leaders across North Carolina, for Business North Carolina Magazine‘s February 2021 issue. (Written by me and colleagues at Business North Carolina magazine).

Getting cold heats up — A feature on the Triangle region’s growing cryotherapy craze for Business North Carolina‘s June 2021 issue.

Sherrell Dorsey provides visibility for black innovators in Charlotte — A feature for Business North Carolina about Charlotte entrepreneur Sherrell Dorsey, her startup journey, mission, fundraising experience and future plans. The story ran in the March 2019 issue.

Davidson Inventor Designs a 20-Person Ventilator for COVID-19 PatientsWhen the COVID-19 crisis hit, Davidson inventor Roger Faulkner recognized almost immediately that the ventilators in high demand would not be enough to treat the potential millions of patients on a global scale. (Feature for Charlotte Inno)

Seven leaders shake up traditional banking with fintech innovations — Cover story for Business North Carolina Magazine‘s June 2019 issue: Interviews with seven entrepreneurs and banking executives who are shaking up North Carolina’s finance industry.

Chronic Illness Led This Young Entrepreneur to Solve Her Own Problem, Push Others to Do the Same — Facing a tough medical diagnosis, a 24-year-old UNC-Chapel Hill math and Duke bioethics graduate invents a device to alleviate seizure complications.

ArchiveSocial saves the messages — A feature about Durham startup ArchiveSocial for Business North Carolina‘s November 2019 issue.

NC Trend: Technology and artificial intelligence — A feature about Carrboro startup Tanjo, which uses artificial intelligence to interpret consumer behavior and solve complex problems. Published in Business North Carolina‘s September 2020 issue.

Facebook likes Forest City — For Business North Carolina‘s April issue, I write about how Facebook’s $1 billion data-center investment has had an intriguing impact on a small North Carolina county.

Hype Web Series: Where Durham’s Startup and Rap Scenes Collide — Inside a fictional web series produced by a recent UNC grad, starring local talent, & featuring Durham’s creative and startup cultures.

Rewriting the Code Shepherds College Women (Starting with Duke U) into Tech Careers — Triangle-founded nonprofit accepts inaugural class of 150 female student fellows in computer science and technology majors.

Yaheard? NC State Startup Reshapes the Way People Debate — These young entrepreneurs created an app that offers a forum for debate that they hope will be more constructive than Facebook and Twitter. 

Davidson College opens Hurt Hub to promote innovation and entrepreneurship — Davidson College is best known for nurturing lawyers, doctors and preachers, but its affiliated Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is giving north Mecklenburg a small-business vibe. Feature from Business North Carolina‘s March 2020 issue.

Shaping the Innovation District in Greensboro is The Forge, an Arm of NC’s Makerspace Network — The Forge doubled in size in 2016 to support more creative innovators and small businesses, showing growth in the Triad’s maker/hacker movement. 

This Durham Startup is Bringing All 59 U.S. National Parks to Life in Virtual Reality — Google Expeditions and Durham’s Central Park School for Children are helping WildEyes get the VR national park experience into the hands of students everywhere. 

This CFO Says Bookkeeping Is Broken — So She’s Fixing It With Technology — Unless you’re a CFO or finance manager, it’s hard to fully appreciate the tediousness and time it takes to recruit and hire an effective bookkeeper for your business’ needs.


IN DEPTH:

Catawba Indian Nation rolls dice on Kings Mountain casino — A six-page feature on the Catawba Indian Nation’s new casino project in small-town Kings Mountain, NC. (Published in Business North Carolina‘s August 2021 issue.)

Cybersecurity for Activists: How to Protect Yourself When Protesting for Change — A comprehensive guide to cybersecurity/digital privacy best-practices for activists and protestors.

Anti-Sex Trafficking Organizations: Where Does the Money Go? — With overwhelming public support, donors have fueled heaps of cash into faith-based anti-sex trafficking organizations. This report for MinistryWatch looks at the financial statements of a handful of such organizations and asks, “Where is the money going?”

N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis presses on with hefty UNC System aid — A deep look into the city of Kannapolis, NC, and its efforts to reposition itself as a famous textile town to an epicenter for science and research. (More behind the story in this thread.)

Guide to the Triangle startup ecosystem — A detailed guide to the Triangle’s startup community, covering local accelerators, incubators, networks, funding, VC groups and more important resources for early-stage founders.

Honorary Degrees Pervasive Among Christian Colleges — Christian colleges routinely grant honorary degrees to trustees, donors, politicians, cultural figures and business leaders. Some misrepresent such titles as legitimate academic credentials or fail to disclose the nature of their degrees. This report for MinistryWatch takes a look at the practice in its current form—and the ethical concerns it raises. 

N.C. MBA programs shift strategies — I spoke to MBA program directors at over 20 public and private universities across North Carolina about how their programs are adapting in the ever-changing higher education market. The piece appeared in the July 2020 issue of Business North Carolina.

How 21 elite N.C. private schools are tackling Covid-19 and diversity issues — In a feature for Business North Carolina‘s October 2020 issue, I asked 21 highly rated private schools how they are handling instruction given pandemic concerns and how enrollment is faring. The report also includes details about schools’ efforts to diversify their student and staff populations.

Big data takes center stage in college curriculum — Feature in Business North Carolina‘s March 2020 issue on how UNC System campuses are working to train a growing workforce of data scientists and analysts.

‘The Future is Female!’: Why Raleigh Entrepreneurs Marched on Washington 100+ local women and girls trekked to D.C. to represent North Carolina at the now-historic Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. I traveled with them and documented the experience.

CompTIA’s IT-Ready program fills demand for tech workers in Charlotte — CompTIA’s free tech training program, IT-Ready, is helping fill the increased demand for IT talent in Charlotte. 

Candidates Bringing an Entrepreneurial Mindset to the NC Electorate — These candidates are setting objectives to bridge the divide between governmental powers and the citizenry they’re elected to serve, aiming to capture the electorate with new, innovative ways to tackle issues felt on a state and local level.

Code Academies & Bootcamps Work to Optimize NC’s Tech Talent Pipeline — Code schools are adjusting their course catalogs in efforts to make NC more competitive against rival tech regions.

Cleantech Sector a Powerhouse in North Carolina’s Startup Ecosystem — These North Carolina companies are tackling environmental and energy issues with products and services.

Mental health advocates seek to eliminate stigma — The High Country community is participating in spreading mental health advocacy, contributing to a larger national discussion about mental health discrimination and stigma and bettering public understanding about mental illness.

How RTP’s ‘The Future of Talent’ Prevents Uber-like Culture Crises from Hitting Triangle Companies — A New York organization funding and supporting social ventures partners with the Research Triangle Foundation on ‘The Future of Talent’ event series and research project.

Local police participate in events with Watauga community — Boone area citizens and police are working to enhance community relationships with law enforcement in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., incidents that sparked nationwide protests.


EVENT COVERAGE:

Attorney General Cooper Asks Durham Startups to Share Ideas & Engage in Politics — Repeal HB2, improve education and engage entrepreneurs were key themes of ExitEvent’s live interview with Roy Cooper, the Democratic candidate for Governor, at American Underground.

Derrick Jones shares his hobby — Derrick Jones, after conducting extensive research for 20 years on African-American athletes during the time of the Civil Rights Movement, took the opportunity to share his hobby with Mabel Elementary School in Zionville.

Shark Tank’s Chris Sacca Talks BBQ, HB2 and Entrepreneurship in Raleigh — Early Twitter, Instagram and Uber investor talks vulnerability, authenticity, diversity at fireside chat in Raleigh.

TEDxDurham Speakers Unite Around Social Innovation & #BlackLivesMatter Movement — A diverse collection of community leaders spoke at Durham’s first TEDx on non-traditional means of enhancing the city.

Deborah Ross to Durham Entrepreneurs: My U.S. Senate Campaign is a Startup — Social justice, equal pay for women, immigration and “gig economy” workplace issues were hot topics in ExitEvent’s second Candidate Conversation, this time with Deborah Ross.

Recap: How the Immortality Bus Changed Transhumanism Forever — Zoltan Istvan presents The Immortality Bus and political platform to the Moogfest crowd.

ASU participates in Suicide Awareness Week — Appalachian State University observes Suicide Awareness Week, joining the movement to protect the community against the devastation of suicide by decreasing the stigma around discussing it, learning how to better prevent it and remembering and honoring those lost.


NEWS:

Portions of Kannapolis’ NC Research Campus Listed for Sale — A scoop for NewsBreak on the sale of portions of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. (More details in this Twitter thread.)

Mecklenburg County To Reopen Rent Relief Program as Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends — A news story on Mecklenburg County’s rental assistance program and the local housing crisis.

Can Donors Hold RZIM and Its Board Financially Liable? — Of the barrage of legal questions arising from the sexual misconduct and abuse allegations surrounding Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and its late founder, one material uncertainty stands out: Can donors hold the organization and its board financially liable? This analysis for MinistryWatch examines the legal considerations that might apply.

Live coronavirus coverage: Impacts on NC tech community — I kept a live blog with updates on statewide tech events that were canceled or postponed between March 11 and March 20, 2020, right as the U.S. started to ramp up social distancing measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

These Charlotte Startups Are Still Hiring During COVID-19 Pandemic — A story for Charlotte Inno about local startups upping their staff during the pandemic.

Cree’s $1 Billion Silicon Carbide Expansion Strategy — A year since the sale of its lighting business unit, a series of strategic partnerships and investments signify Cree’s continued march into the silicon carbide market, away from LED and lighting. Here’s what that means.

Startup Summit Series ‘The Arena’ Hits Up Raleigh to Get You to Run for Office — Raleigh is the next host city for a series of events aimed to reshape democracy at the state and local level.

A Summer of Opportunity & $1.1M Round ft. Steve Case Move PRSONAS into AR — Fueled by Google Demo Day, Durham’s hologram developer meets 2017 objectives with a new product and a fresh funding round.

$1.3M Fundraise Means Cleantech Startup Smart OES is Coming to An Office Near You — A new COO with experience in the energy sector and a $1.3 million fundraise are fueling the launch of a new system that aggregates data about how offices waste their energy.

Vilas farmer to plant pawpaw orchard — Local farm owner and operator Susan Owen plans to “bring a new fruit to town,” as she says, by planting a pawpaw orchard in Vilas with money she received from the Mary Boyer Sustainable Food and Agriculture Grant.

High Country a haven for birds — and birders — Bird watchers, or birders, are thrilled for what’s to come as migration guides birds into the High Country, which is one of the most diverse breeding areas in the eastern part of the country.

Grant funding awarded to ASU professor studying mood-memory connections — Dr. Lisa Emery has always wondered why patients with Alzheimer’s could remember her face but not her name. Now an associate professor of psychology at Appalachian State, Emery uses that same curiosity as a basis for research. 

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