One Year Of COVID-19: A Statewide Special

Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins, WFAE 90.7FM

The first case of COVID-19 in North Carolina was reported on March 3, 2020.

One year later, more than 870,000 North Carolinians have been infected and more than 11,500 have died.

From a devastating impact on public health to lockdowns on the economy to a reimagining of public education, the coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on North Carolina.

In a special statewide broadcast, Charlotte Talks will speak with state health and education officials as we partner with North Carolina public radio stations WUNC in Chapel Hill, WFDD in Winston-Salem, WHQR in Wilmington and Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville.

From the mountains to the coast, we reflect on how the state has adjusted since COVID-19 first emerged, what to expect as vaccines become widely distributed and if the light at the end of the tunnel is finally growing stronger.


Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Catherine Truitt, state superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Liz Schlemmer, education reporter for WUNC

Steve Harrison, political reporter for WFAE

Cass Herrington, reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio

Rachel Lewis Hilburn, senior reporter for WHQR

Eddie Garcia, reporter for WFDD

Jesse Steinmetz is Assistant Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.

The Charlotte Journalism Collaborative is supported by the Local Media Project, an initiative launched by the Solutions Journalism Network with support from the Knight Foundation to strengthen and reinvigorate local media ecosystems.