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.


Figuring out what is the best time for schools to open is something parents and schools officials don’t always agree on. Many studies show that later school start times have many benefits including better student performance in the classroom, lower absenteeism rates, improved mental health and fewer auto accidents for older students.

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Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael announced Monday that his office is increasing the number of free video visits for friends and family members of inmates.

A visitor from Sierra Leone at the Billy Graham Library.
Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE

Through his ministry, Billy Graham’s sermons reached people across the globe of varied denominations, races and economic backgrounds. That outreach was evident in the diverse people who came to the Billy Graham Library today, to pay their respects.

Gwendolyn Glenn

North Carolina has seen several efforts to take partisanship out of redistricting.  The latest appeal comes from two Mecklenburg County residents – District 92 Democratic State Representative Chaz Beasley and Republican Charles Jeter who used to represent that same district.

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There are numerous agencies and non-profits in Charlotte that help residents with their rent, utility bills, housing and other emergency needs. Last year a new crisis assistance program joined those ranks, and it's run by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

North Carolina Legislative building
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A bipartisan legislative committee is set to begin debate next week on the merits and disadvantages of large school districts. Charlotte-Mecklenburg school officials are closely monitoring this issue, considering that CMS is the state’s second largest system. The topic is not new, but the committee is, and some are concerned that it will lead to legislation to break up large districts.

elementary school students
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Legislation that gives North Carolina school districts more time to reduce K-3 class size and provides more funds for them to hire the additional teachers they will need, passed the House Tuesday. It is now being considered by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Democrat Dan McCready surrounded by family and supporters as he prepares to file to run for the 9th District Congressional seat
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North Carolina candidates began filing Monday to run for Congress, the state legislature, district attorney and county positions. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections was packed with candidates and their supporters before the start of filing at noon.

Lisa Worf

Republican leaders of the General Assembly say they have reached a deal to give school districts statewide more time to reduce class sizes for kindergarten through third grades.

The proposal, which still needs approval, also includes more money to keep art, music and physical education teachers in the classroom.

All this is good news for North Carolina's public schools.  

But it comes with some controversial political strings attached.

Jeff Athey was fired from his job as a Davidson County Sheriff's Department after being arrested and charged with robbery.
Rowan County Sheriff's Department

A Davidson County sheriff's deputy was arrested after being accused of robbing a bank in neighboring Rowan County Tuesday afternoon.  Jeff Athey is charged with robbery with dangerous weapons.