David Boraks

Environmental Reporter

David Boraks covers Energy and the Environment and other topics for WFAE. He also has worked as a "Charlotte Talks" producer (2015-16) and as weekend host (2007-2016). He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who previously published the online community news network that included DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net (2006-2015).

He also has worked for American Banker (2000-2005), The Charlotte Observer (1993-2000), The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-89).

David has a bachelor's  degree in history from Cornell University and a master's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Updated 4:33 p.m.
A Charlotte City Council committee voted Thursday to decline Mecklenburg County's offer to transfer ownership of Memorial Stadium to the city for a Major League Soccer stadium. 

I-77 exit 28 in Cornelius
David Boraks / WFAE

NCDOT says it's months away from a deciding whether to act on consultant’s report on whether to cancel, revise or keep a contract to build toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. That’s leaving some wondering if the DOT will act before the toll lanes are finished next year.

Kenny Smith spoke at Tuesday's GOP candidate forum at The Palmer Building on East Seventh Street.
Michael Falero / WFAE

Two of the three Republican candidates for Charlotte mayor addressed local party members Tuesday night, disagreeing on a key issue - whether the city has a role in affordable housing.

State Sen. Tommy Tucker
NCLeg.net


  A Charlotte-area lawmaker who pushed for the 2015 state law that bars state or local governments from removing Confederate memorials says Monday's toppling of a monument in Durham is regrettable, and he hopes the state can hold on to these historical symbols.  Meanwhile, in a web post Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper said that law should be repealed. 

Aerial view of the Shoreham Solar Commons project under construction in Brookhaven, N.Y.
Duke Energy Renewables

Duke Energy's commercial renewable energy division is expanding into New York State by buying one of that state's largest solar energy farms.  

I-77 exit 28 in Cornelius
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
A draft report is out from a consultant reviewing the contract for the I-77 toll lane project north of Charlotte. Mercator Advisors says it would have cost NCDOT at least $149 million to cancel the contract with the private company hired to build and manage the lanes - using figures as of Dec. 31, 2016.

The old Hercules Industrial Park off Statesville Avenue is up for redevelopment.
David Boraks / WFAE

WFAE has a new initiative called Ask Us to let our audience suggest story ideas. On our website, we're asking what you're curious about in the Charlotte region, its life, and culture. We recently put another set of five questions to a vote – letting you decide the story you wanted us to cover. The winner came from Steve Tekola, of east Charlotte. He talked to WFAE's David Boraks.

Updated 5:38 p.m.
Police say they have no suspects in a fatal shooting Tuesday night in southeast Charlotte. CMPD officers were called to east Independence Boulevard near Wallace Road around 7:20 p.m., where they found a 25-year-old man dead of gunshot wounds in a vehicle.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police have charged a Charlotte school teacher with sexually assaulting two children. 

Searchers have found the body of a Charlotte man who drowned Sunday night after he jumped off a boat into Lake Norman.

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