DavidsonNews.net is a community news website established in December 2006 to share information and promote discussion about town news, events, and issues in the town of Davidson, N.C. It is owned by Davidson News LLC and managed by and for Davidson residents. We’re a combination of paid staff and volunteers.
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231 South St.
Davidson, NC, 28036
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Meet the staff
Brenda Barger, Concord Road – Brenda is a longtime Davidson resident who co-wrote (along with Judy Schuh) the “In and around Davidson” column in the Lake Norman Times for a decade. In January 2008, she moved the column to DavidsonNews.net and renamed it “Around Davidson” – the name it had when it was founded at the old Mecklenburg Gazette weekly in the 1960s. Read Laurie Dennis’s Jan. 8, 2008, profile of her and the column or go to the Around Davidson archive page, where you’ll find all her columns. She is married to Hugh Barger. Write to her at email@example.com.
David has been interviewing national and local politicians, entertainers and artists, corporate CEOs and regular folks for more than 35 years. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and on the radio in the U.S. and abroad. He holds a master of arts degree in liberal studies from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. From 2001 to 2005, he covered the top U.S. banks for the daily American Banker in New York. In 2000, he was a senior correspondent for the online news service LocalBusiness.com. At The Charlotte Observer from 1993 to 2000, his duties included tech columnist, business writer and assistant features editor. Other gigs included editing jobs at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant and The China News in Taipei; Editor-in-chief of The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle, and editing and reporting for The Waterbury (Conn.) Republican. David has lived in Davidson since 1993 and, after a 2005-2006 sojourn in Taipei and Shanghai, now works as an independent writer, editor and photographer, and part-time reporter and announcer at Charlotte public radio station WFAE-FM. In Fall 2013, he was the Batten Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Davidson College. He is married to Shelley Rigger, the Brown Professor of East Asian Studies at Davidson College, and has two daughters, Emma and Tilly. Web: http://www.davidboraks.com
Carol Wilber Bradfield is thrilled silly to be part of the advertising sales team for Davidsonnews.net – and now a weekly columnist, with her “That’s What She Said” column on Mondays. Raised on Lake Norman and a graduate of North Meck High, she has been allowed to live in Davidson since 1986 even though she has absolutely nothing to do with the college. After graduating from the University of South Carolina where she studied Journalism, Advertising and Marketing, Carol spent years selling and designing ads for The Weekly Newspapers and The Charlotte Observer’s Rock Hill and Hickory editions. Carol has also served as advertising manager for the Fort Mill Times and worked in radio in Atlanta. While raising her sons, Christopher and Jesse, she worked as Marketing Director for Wilber Associates architects in Cornelius. Now that the kids are grown, Carol enjoys paddling with the dragon boat team “Healing Dragons” on Lake Norman.
Brandon took over as full-time advertising manager at Davidson News LLC in December 2013. He worked most recently at The Agency in Charlotte. He also worked previously at SouthComm Media in Charlotte, where he was a print and digital media specialist, managing national advertising accounts, managing accounts payable and planning and executive events – a capability we’re eager to add. SouthComm’s publications include Creative Loafing and nFocus magazine. He also worked previously for Image Marketing Group in Charlotte. He’s a Kings Mountain native, attended Gardner-Webb University and lives in Charlotte.
Jonathan moved from Bucharest, Romania to Mecklenburg County in 2010 to study political science at a certain local college. After sampling the fine cuisine (mostly Cookout) and getting over the initial weirdness of Southern friendliness, he decided to stick around after graduation and write for DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net. Jonathan has written about healthcare in Hyderabad for India Ink, has an article on Romania’s Dracula tourism industry forthcoming in Verge Magazine, and most importantly since 2013 he’s written articles for the best news source in town. Unless Putin invades Romania and he gets drafted, Jonathan intends to continue writing about anything and everything of interest going on in Davidson. Join his six followers on Twitter @geezhawk for the occasional comment on local news, Romanian politics, video games, AP style, and the books he’s reading.
has been writing a weekly column about faith, family, and cultural issues since 2002. It appears in various daily and weekly newspapers in OH, WV, KY and now DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net (on Fridays, under the title Life Happens). Desmond, a Cal State Fullerton grad, is a former broadcast journalist who left her native state of California for her career but stayed in the southeast for love. She and her husband, Boston native and Audiologist Alan Desmond, met in Bluefield, WV (didn’t everyone meet their mate there before eHarmony and Match.com?). They moved to Davidson more than four years ago with their daughters, Jocelyn and Julia. This “Modern Family” was made complete by the adoption of their resilient and beloved shelter dog, Luke, who substitutes as the goofy, adorable young son from the family’s favorite TV show.
Connie Fisher reviews theater in the Lake Norman area for DavidsonNews.net’s The Guide. She made her debut in the theater with The Alumni Players during her high school and college years in Mexico City, working on the production side of the house. She pursued her theatrical interests backstage and front with the USO in San Francisco and later with The Wilton Playshop in Connecticut. A life-long journalist, Connie reviewed Connecticut/New York productions for The Norwalk Hour and The Wilton Bulletin. Since moving to Davidson in 2008, she has been contributing Lake Norman area reviews to DavidsonNews.net. Connie is the author of “Come Fly With Me,” a children’s international adventure published in 2006 and co-author of the biography of John Milano, “Doing it The Right Way,” (2005.) Her work is included in the recently published poetic anthology, “The Widows’ Handbook,” (2014.)
Develops and maintains site, including advertising, design, content posting and editing. Coordinates and creates advertising and all marketing collateral for DavidsonNews.net. Maintains ad inventory and oversees sales team – firstname.lastname@example.org. A native of Michigan, Lyndsay attended Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University and the Center for New Media in Kalamazoo. After changing her major more times than should be allowed, she decided Graphic Design was her calling and received her degree in 2007. Shortly after, she fled Michigan’s snows and headed toward Atlanta in search of sun and a job. She never made it there. North Carolina was sunny enough and it is here where she currently resides. Lyndsay joined DavidsonNews.net in September 2008. On top of everything already mentioned she also manages the finances, helps plot business strategy and generally keeps David on his toes. Feel free to express your sympathies to her later. If you wish to view her work outside of DNN…and you should…please visit her website at http://www.dontspellmynamewrong.com.
She posts pets for adoption, pet and animal news and events, and photos. A native of Novi, Michigan, Michelle is a 1991 graduate of Michigan State University. She moved to North Carolina to get out of the cold and pursue her dream of working in the racing industry, which she has done since 1997. When she’s not traveling to NASCAR races to handle team communications and public relations or sitting in front of the TV watching NFL football, she spends her time cleaning up after and falling in love with the animals at the Cornelius Animal Shelter. Michelle lives in Huntersville with her grumpy cat Taylor.
Cathy moved to Huntersville from Nashville, Tenn., nearly 13 years ago with her husband, Brent, and two sons, Nicholas and Evan. Originally from Lexington, Ky., she graduated from Murray State University with a degree in journalism. She considers herself fortunate to have found a job in her field of study and to have had the opportunity to write about the people and places of Tennessee for 11 years. She has been a freelance writer for several area publications, writing mostly about restaurants around Lake Norman. She currently works for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Big baseball fans, the family has enjoyed visiting the many minor league baseball fields in the Carolinas.
Bill Giduz, Hillside Drive – Davidson’s unofficial town photographer and head juggler, Bill contributes occasional photographs to DavidsonNews.net. He is also the director of college communications at Davidson College.
Other contributors: Lincoln Davidson, Barry Pulver, Tim Cowie, Shelley Rigger, Betsy Flagler, Rodney Graham, Tara Elizabeth Moore.
DavidsonNews.net in the news
March 26, 2013, Pekkala.org, “Journalism startup revenue ideas in action.” and Jan. 15, 2013, Niemanlab.org, “Across the world, money to support journalism startups comes from a variety of sources.” – An analysis of 69 journalism startups in 10 countries finds no Holy Grail, but a lot of revenue ideas in action. – Researchers Pekka Pekkala and Johanna Vehkoo write about local news startups in the US and Europe, including Davidson News LLC.
Feb. 4, 2013, Davidson College Vann Center for Ethics, panel discussion on “Ethics in the Media,” with David Boraks, Editor of DavidsonNews.net; Glenn Burkins, Editor of QCityMetro.com; Stuart Watson, Investigative Reporter for WCNC-TV in Charlotte; Rafael Prieto Zartha, Editorial Director, Qué Pasa Mi Gente, Charlotte; and Candace Cummins Gauthier, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, UNC Wilmington. Moderated by David Perry, Director of the Vann Center for Ethics and Professor of Applied Ethics, Davidson College. Click the link above watch a video replay of the discussion.
February 2013, Nieman Journalism Lab, “Across the world, money to support journalism startups comes from a variety of sources.“ An analysis of 69 journalism startups in 10 countries finds no Holy Grail, but a lot of revenue ideas in action. By Johanna Vehkoo and Pekka Pekkala.
Oct. 12, 2012, Davidson Think Tank, “Davidson Think Tank looks at Davidson News LLC” – Video: The Think Tank’s Paul Studtmann interviews Davidson News LLC founder and editor David Boraks about the origins of DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net, their role in the community and the business of online news.
Sept. 25, 2012, BlockByBlock.us, “BxB publishers united in reporting FOR vs. ABOUT their communities.” – a summary of the 2012 Block by Block Conference in Chicago, quoting publisher/editor David Boraks.
Feb. 8, 2012, NetNewsCheck.com, “Charlotte Media Diverge on Social Stragegy.”
Nov. 8, 2011, CJR.org, Columbia Journalism Review, “Have You Seen Fido? Community news sites reunite pets with their owners.”
July 2011, J-Lab, American University, “Rules of the Road: Navigating the New Ethics of Local Journalism,” – DavidsonNews.net was among the case studies for Scott Rosenberg’s special report published by J-Lab.
July 2011, Charlotte Magazine, “The Problem with Media Sharing.”
June 1, 2011,, BlockByBlock.us (local news industry website), “Suburban online hyperlocal seeks larger audience with radio”
May 19, 2011, DavidsonNews.net, “Chamber names small business of the year, honors 2 others” – Davidson News LLC – parent of DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net, received one of two Honorable Mentions in the Lake Norman Chamber 2011 Small Business of the Year Awards.
May 6, 2011, DavidsonNews.net, “Partnership links Cornelius, Davidson sites with WFAE-FM.”
May 3, 2011,, Columbia Jouralism Review, “CJR’s Guide to Online News Startups” – We’re profile in the journalism magazine’s Online News Database.
March 15, 2011, WFAE-FM, “Local news site expands, reflects national trend.”
March 14, 2011, DavidsonNews.net, “Announcing CorneliusNews.net”
2011 State of the News Media: Annual Report on American Journalism, Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, “Emerging Economics of Community News,” by Michele McLellan.
Dec. 14, 2010, DavidsonNews.net, “DavidsonNews.net adds staff.”
June 2010, Reynolds Journalism Institute “promising local news site” – DavidsonNews.net has been listed as a “promising local news site” as part of research being conducted by Michele McClellan at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. See “Michele’s List” at www.rjionline.org and click on “Micro-Local.”
June 2010, Society for Professional Journalists convention coverage - “Putting the hyper into local news,” a note promoting a panel at the SPJ convention, mentioning DavidsonNews.net‘s participation in a regional news partnership with The Charlotte Observer and other sites.
December 2009 – “DavidsonNews.net joins regional news partnership,” an announcement of our participation in a regional news partnership with The Charlotte Observer and other local news websites.
July 2009, Knight Batten Awards - The 2009 Knight Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism – DavisonNews.net was not a cash winner, but we got a nice pat on the back as a “notable entry.” And here’s the main page with a list of winners, including the NY Times which won a basketful of honors. http://www.j-lab.org/about/press_releases/2009_knight_batten_release/
August 2009, Charlotte Magazine – DavidsonNews.net founder David Boraks was featured in the magazine’s August 2009 “Genius Issue,” as one of 30 people helping to change the Charlotte area. In an piece called “The Online Migration” he was profiled alongside Glen Burkins, who runs QCityMetro.com in Charlotte.
August 2009, WFAE-FM – DavidsonNews.net also was the subject of a recent feature on WFAE’s Morning Edition. “Web startup DavidsonNews.net finds niche as it seeks sustainability.”
July 2009, FAIR.org – Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting writer Michelle Chen included DavidsonNews.net in an article “Local Heroes: A new media model might be right around the corner – literally.”
July 2009, New Business Models for News, CUNY – “News innovators on the frontline: DavidsonNews.net.”
May 2009, Alan Mutter’s Newsosaur blog - “No local without us says start-up web newsman.”
May 2009, Davidson College Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – DavidsonNews.net editor David Boraks received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for community service at the May 2009 Davidson College commencement ceremony. A citation for the award read, “DavidsonNews.net has quickly become the indispensable source of news and information in town.” One of his nominators said “Davidson News makes me feel more a part of the Town of Davidson than anything else has.” See the “Latest Sullivan award winner: Your Town editor.”