Gwendolyn Glenn

Reporter

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.

The election for Charlotte Mecklenburg's school board will take place on Nov. 7.  There are six seats up for grabs in the district with incumbents seeking re-election in three of them. WFAE sent a list of questions to all of the school board candidates about their backgrounds and thoughts on a few issues the district is facing, including student assignment and school bonds. 

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Homeless people in the Charlotte region in need of housing, health care or other services will now be able to call one number for help.

The United Way’s NC 211 line allows people to get the referrals that they need, without having to go through multiple agencies. 

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The nearly $1 billion school bond package that goes before voters in November is getting a lot of push back from residents in North Mecklenburg. Huntersville and Cornelius town commissioners recently voted to oppose the bond and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is against it as well.

Reducing North Carolina’s emphasis on standardized testing has been a goal of state education leaders. They’ve talked about using the flexibility in the new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA as a way to do that.  Yet, the proposal the state board of education approved last month, keeps standardized tests as the main measure to hold schools accountable.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce joins Huntersville and Cornelius town commissions in opposing the nearly $1 billion dollar bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. 

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About 8,500 people in the Carolinas are without power early this afternoon, following Sunday’s severe storms. Most of those outages were in the Greenville-Spartanburg area. The storms were remnants of Hurricane Nate that moved through the area yesterday. Thirteen tornado warnings were issued in both states. Here’s the storm as recorded by the Sheriff’s office in Caldwell County near Highway 321.

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Governor Roy Cooper, House Speaker Tim Moore, and UNC System President Margaret Spellings will be in Charlotte on Wednesday for a symposium on pressing issues in higher education. 

  The Cornelius Board of Commissioners has joined Huntersville in opposing the nearly $1 billion bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Cornelius board voted 4- 1 Monday night to oppose the bond.

A majority of commissioners say the bond does not provide sufficient new schools to accommodate growth in North Mecklenburg.

A new report released by an early childhood education advocacy group, found that 44 percent of elementary schools in North Carolina had chronic absenteeism rates of between 10 percent and 19 percent. That means these students missed 15 or more days of school in a year.

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Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce board members did not come to a consensus Monday night on the nearly $1 billion school bond issue.

Chamber President Bill Russell says members were equally adamant in their support and opposition to the bond plan, so no vote was taken.

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