Davin Eldridge

Reporter

Davin Eldridge is a writer and regional reporter for WCQS, covering all aspects of Western North Carolina news. He joined the station in February of 2016. A proud son of the south, Davin grew up in Bradenton, Florida, where he attended the Ringling School of Art and Manatee School for the Arts at an early age. Born into a family of German and Scots-Irish immigrants, the importance of hard work and sacrifice was ingrained into Davin at an even earlier age. Eventually he moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina when he was twelve years old, and he has never looked back since. 

 

Davin began his career as a reporter at the Macon County News & Shopping Guide in 2008, where he covered everything from crime, to local and state government, to human interest features. While studying journalism the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, he continued working as a freelance reporter for The Daily Tar Heel, The Highlands Newspaper, Asheville Citizen-Times, Mountain Xpress and The Chapel Hill News. In early 2016, Davin broke into radio when he began his work as regional reporter for WCQS—a media outlet of which he had long been a supporter. As such, he is committed to providing his audience with the very best news coverage possible, and presenting it with thorough, thought-provoking content achievable solely through hard work and a love for the craft.

 

When he isn’t working, Davin can often be found at home with his beloved Sheltie, Cosmo, and either angrily watching CNN, or happily reading a book. His interests include watching movies, writing the ‘great American novel’, world history, and eating spaghetti. His dislikes include IPA’s, waiting in lines, mathematics, and Brussel Sprouts. 

Ways to Connect

connect.dc.gov

The need for stronger internet service in the Western North Carolina mountains has one national advocacy group pushing local governments in the region to take lead.

Chris Mitchell is the director of community broadband internet initiatives at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance—a D.C.-based nonprofit that focuses on policy and advises local governments in matters of autonomy. He says rural municipalities are increasingly lacking in the realm of broadband internet connectivity.

knowrivalry.com

Super Bowl LI is this Sunday between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.  Hundreds of millions will watch, but if they aren't already fans of either team, who might they root for?  A Western Carolina University professor thinks he knows.

Seven years ago, David Tyler started researching sports rivalries with some academic colleagues.  The assistant professor of sports management at Western Carolina University wanted to shed light on the perception of rivalries from the fans themselves.

Davin Eldridge

NPR will be in Asheville on Tuesday February 7th for the latest 'Going There' event.  Weekend All Things Considered host Michel Martin will lead a night of performances and discussion on the topic 'What Happens When Your Hometown Gets Hot?' at the Diana Wortham Theater.  Tickets for the event have sold out but there will be a live stream that night to watch.  You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @NPRMichel and @WCQS using the hashtag #HotHometown.

Following nearly thirty years of serving in local government, Corbin plans to draw on his experience from that capacity while serving in Raleigh.
North Carolina General Assembly

-Rep. Kevin Corbin seeks more K-12 funding, 'Whistle-blower' protection for local cops-

With North Carolina lawmakers now back in Raleigh for this year’s long session, we’ve been talking with legislators out here in the west.

NCBroadband.org, 2016

Representatives cite adequate broadband as essential to economic development

As technology advances, Basic access to broadband internet is essential to everything from economic development to education. Yet access is lacking in many areas throughout Western North Carolina, and officials like state Representative Kevin Corbin want to better connect the region.

Pannavati.org

Thousands of women from across the U.S. are expected to march on Washington D.C. the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, and international Buddhist monk Venerable Pannavati Bhikkuni is among those women from Western North Carolina who will make the trek to D.C.

Bhikkuni runs the Bhuddist residential retreat Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville.  The bus she's booked for the trip is already half-full, but  Bhikkuni expects a full house by this time next week.

University of North Carolina

Western Carolina University's Dr. David Shapiro is careful not to describe speech disorders as something people 'suffer' from.

Instead, for Dr. Shapiro, speech disorders are challenges to overcome--for himself, just as much as they are for the thousands of others he's helped throughout his career--a life's work which spans decades, has taken him all over the world and has earned him the prestigious O. Max Gardner award earlier this spring.

It starts at a psychological levels, and for Shapiro, it's personal.

The U.S. real estate market has come a long way since its historic collapse in 2008. And the same can be said for real estate in North Carolina, which is seeing steady growth despite rising home prices, according to the National Association of Realtors.

This has real estate agents in the western part of the state both optimistic and a bit cautious, with the financial meltdown known as the “Great Recession” still fresh in the back of their minds. Just ask realtor John Becker, who started out in the real estate game over a decade ago.

Davin Eldridge

This week's rainfall in Western North Carolina aided greatly in fighting it’s wildfires.  But was it enough to extinguish them?

Davin Eldridge

Despite some of the thickest smoke yet from Western North Carolina’s wildfires, the town of Franklin’s annual Christmas Parade went off as planned, bringing hundreds of onlookers to the downtown area. The parade proved to be a defiant show of solidarity among locals in the face of the wildfires, as well as a show of support for the hundreds of firefighters who took part in the event—proving that the spirit of the community would not be so easily broken as the holiday season kicks into high gear. “It’s a real testament to the community that, despite the environmental disasters, it can come f

Western Carolina University

Following a year of prolonged drought in Western North Carolina, with the sudden spark of wildfires throughout much of the mountain region, the one question on everyone's minds has been: 'when will they be extinguished?'. But for students and faculty at Western Carolina University's Natural Resources Department, the wildfires proved to be strangely fortunate. 

Davin Eldridge

As wildfires continue to burn throughout Western North Carolina, firefighters in the far-western part of the state now have about 85 percent of them contained in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Clay Counties.

Factors like improved air quality, higher humidity and lower temperatures in recent days have all helped firefighters contain the blazes. But with no rain in the forecast until next weekend, they are still preparing for a long fight, according to Southern Region Incident Commander Kevin Harvell, of the North Carolina Forest Service.

Duiett says the fires are about 33 percent contained, and the job of firefighters at this point is to contain the fires, fight them where they can elsewhere, and protect homes and residents. So far, about 600 homes have been impacted by the fires.
Davin Eldridge

It was standing room only on Sunday at Southwestern Community College in Bryson City, as several hundred residents from Clay, Macon and Swain Counties attended a community meeting held by state and federal firefighters. The goal of the meeting was to update locals on the status of the fires and to take questions from the public.

Several hundred firefighters from across the U.S. have joined the fight against 20 wildfires scattered across the mountains of Western North Carolina. The fires have burned approximately 17,000 acres of woodlands, both public and private, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

North Carolina has seen conditions of extreme drought, winds gusts reported as high 25 miles per hour, and with little-to-no rainfall is being forecasted for the next week.

USA4Kids

This story originally aired as part of the 2016 WCQS Election Special which can be heard in its entirety here.  

With hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by campaigns during this year’s election, hot button issues like trustworthiness, tax returns, transparency and temperament are all being discussed by the candidates—but there are numerous other political matters that voters in Western North Carolina feel are also being ignored—from the bottom of the ballot to the top.

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