Speaker profile

David Boraks

David Boraks is an editor, writer, photographer and radio producer whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and on the radio in the U.S. and abroad. From 2006 to 2015, he ran an online community news network that included DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net, covering the Lake Norman area north of Charlotte, NC.  

David has spoken at past LION Publishers and Block by Block conferences, as well as at conferences of the Online News Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 

He was the James K. Batten Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Davidson College in 2013 2011, and has lectured to classes at the Poynter Institute, Davidson College, UNC Charlotte and Wingate University.  He holds a master of arts in liberal studies (M.A.L.S.) from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and BA in history from Cornell University.

A lifelong journalist, he has covered everything from community news to Wall Street banking to the arts to sports. Honors have included: 1997 Telecommunications Fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, a 1998 award as the top technology journalist in North Carolina, the 2009 Algernon Sydney Sullivan community service award at Davidson College, and 2011 Honorable Mention in the SBA/Lake Norman Chamber Small Business of the Year Awards.  He also was on a team at WFAE-FM that won a 2009 Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for large stations for coverage of the 2008 election. 

David now works part-time as an announcer, producer and reporter at public radio station WFAE-FM in Charlotte, NC, and is a free-lance writer and photographer.