Gwendolyn Glenn


Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Driving a school bus is important work with a lot of responsibility. Drivers have to get students to and from school, safely and on time. The hours are odd, a lot of patience is required and the pay isn't great. All reasons CMS officials often struggle to fill the positions, especially this year.

Ashley Park Elementary is among the schools getting extra resources through the foundation's Project LIFT.
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Thirteen Charlotte elementary schools are hoping to get some of the same flexibility as charter schools. It could be granted under the state’s Restart initiative, an effort to turn around academically struggling schools. CMS board members signed off on the applications but are divided on its merits.

Courtney Mason in her classroom at Piney Grove Elementary.
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According to the annual CMS human resources report, the district has made a lot of progress in terms of filling teacher positions, but salaries and retention are still an issue.

David T. Foster, III / The Charlotte Observer

Lots of questions, few answers, and no decisions were made as CMS board members grappled with student assignment proposals and the fates of eight struggling Pre-K-8 schools.

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After about a year-and-a-half of work, the Charlottte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force released its long-awaited report Monday on how the economic mobility for the city’s less-fortunate residents can be improved. The 92-page report included a long list of recommendations that encompasses issues such as childcare and segregation.

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In any given month, CMPD tracks about 350 people with ankle monitors. They’re actually not that hard to remove. But the consequences of tampering with the electronic monitors are made clear: If you even try to remove any part of one, police are immediately alerted, and you will be arrested. And, this happens a lot – roughly 80 times a year.

Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Amendments to the policies that govern student reassignment and transfer requests will get a first reading at Tuesday night's Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board meeting. CMS board members will also take a first look at an update to the policy that seeks to make the district’s curriculum more culturally inclusive of all students.

Erin Keever

Criticism of how Charlotte’s law enforcers uphold immigration laws and calls for a stronger commitment from local elected officials in defending immigrant rights dominated the discussion at Tuesday night’s public conversation on local immigration policy. The Charlotte Talks event, broadcast live on WFAE, attracted a large crowd at the McGlohon Theater.

Gardeners McKenna Perry and Jennifer Stringer Obey say the Charleston church shooting has unified the city and made residents think more about race and racism.

Herb Frazier, co-author of We Are Charleston, Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel, connects the church’s bond historically to the abolitionist and Civil Rights movements as reasons it was targeted by Dylann Roof.