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In an era when anybody can post a photo or story or video, and the term “fake news” is thrown around regularly, what is the future of local journalism in Charlotte, and how can consumers know who to trust? RSVPs required. Scroll down to RSVP 

WHEN: Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lenny Boy Brewing Co. 
                 3000 S Tryon St



Brigida Mack  is an award-winning anchor for WBTV, Channel 3 News in Charlotte. A native of the Queen City, she’s a proud product of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She’s also a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. She co-anchors WBTV’s afternoon newscast, First at 4 p.m. and WBTV News on Bounce TV weeknights at 8 p.m. The North Carolina Associated Press honored Brigida in 2012 when she won its "Best Series" award for her heart-warming series, "Pass 3 On.


Ed Williams chairs the board of WFAE 90.7 FM, the Charlotte area’s outlet for news, talk and NPR programming. He retired from The Charlotte Observer in 2008 after 25 years as editor of the editorial pages.  His columns and editorials were part of Observer projects that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1981 and 1988. He is a graduate (B.A. in history) of the University of Mississippi, where he edited the student newspaper, the Daily Mississippian.  He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a writer for the Ford Foundation before coming to The Observer as an editorial writer in 1973. In 2008 he was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.


Glenn Burkins founded in 2008. It was one of the nation’s first digital-only news organizations founded to serve a local, Black audience. Glenn previously worked as deputy managing editor and, before that, as business editor, at the Charlotte Observer; labor and White House reporter at the Wall Street Journal; business columnist and Africa correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer; and business writer at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.


Ted Williams is the Founder of Charlotte Agenda, a profitable media startup that reaches about 500,000 people each month and has been covered by Digiday, Poynter and Harvard's NiemanLab as a future model for local media. Previously, Ted held digital media leadership roles at The Charlotte Observer, BooneOakley, LendingTree, InternshipKing (acquired) and HealthCentral (acquired).



Michael Graff is the editor of Charlotte magazine, which was a finalist for general excellence in the 2017 City and Regional Magazine Association competition. His work has appeared in publications around the country, from Politico to Success magazine to Washingtonian. Before moving to magazines, he spent eight years in newspapers, most recently at The Fayetteville Observer, where he won multiple N.C. Press Association Awards.



What is #discussCLT?

At Charlotte magazine, we are committed to making this city better. Each year we feature a few Charlotteans who are doing just that in our December issue. We call them our Charlotteans of the Year. Throughout the following year, we  host a series of discussions on our city's defining issues tied to our Charlotteans of the Year honorees. We bring together our current and past Charlotteans of the Year, local leaders and thinkers, and YOU to confront Charlotte's challenges. We call it #discussCLT, an event series powered by OrthoCarolina. We're committed to keeping the conversation alive between events with related articles, commentary, photos and video on this page.


2017 #discussCLT Event Schedule:

  • February 16
  • April 13
  • June 15
  • August 17
  • October 19


Previous Event Topics:

Charlotte magazine produced multiple #discussCLT events over the past couple of years that covered a variety of topics. See the topics, who was on the panel, and pictures from the events by clicking on the images below. See related articles and content by scrolling down.





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