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People of Note: WFAE adds three Report For America journalists
Reporters join NPR affiliate in June
 
Published Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:30 pm
by Staff Reports

COURTESY WFAE
Dante Miller of Charlotte is one of three Report For America Journalists hired to work at WFAE Radio.

Journalists Alexandra Watts, Dante Miller and Laura Brache have been hired to work for WFAE and partner organizations Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Digital Public Library of America, and La Noticia.


They were selected in part by Report For America, a national service program that places journalists in local news organizations to report on under-covered communities and issues.
Watts, Miller and Brache will work at least a year in Charlotte, with the opportunity to continue for a second. They are scheduled to start in June.


As community Wikipedia editor, Miller will work with Watts as part of the partnership between WFAE, the library system and DPLA to expand community access to information about local topics, events, people and institutions. Miller also will help coordinate community forums, talk-back opportunities, programs and exhibits.


Miller, a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, covered community-based stories at QCity Metro and worked as the Union County reporter at Charlotte Media Group.
As a reporter for WFAE and the library system, Watts will cover civics, including Census outcomes and 2020 elections.


Watts, who is going into her third year as an RFA corps member,  covered 18 counties in the Mississippi Delta for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Her work has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered, “Here & Now” and in USA Today.


Brache will explore issues of immigration and deportation facing the Latino community for WFAE and La Noticia. She’ll also report on the Charlotte immigration court.

• Mecklenburg County Budget Director Michael Bryant has been promoted to assistant county manager.

Bryant will replace Mark Foster, who served in the position for the last five years. Foster is scheduled to retire in June.

In his new role, Bryant will provide oversight for several county departments, including Financial Services, Tax Collector, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Office of Management and Budget. He will also be responsible for leading the County’s enterprise risk management strategy and for supervising financial planning and compliance.  

Bryant, who has worked for the county since 2003, started as a management and budget analyst before promotions to budget manager and director of the Office of Management and Budget. A North Carolina Central University graduate, Bryant worked for the city of Durham, Duke University and Granville County.

Jim Dukes has been named executive director of the Charlotte Art League, effective June 1.


Dukes will replace retiring Executive Director Cindy Connelly, who has been with the organization since 2004.


CAL, a non-profit visual arts organization, has open working studios, classes, and community outreach programs and public gallery.

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