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. 

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Operation Heartbeat Two

On the heels of Mission Health’s controversial decision to end Labor and Delivery services at Angel Medical Center, health system officials recently met with concerned citizens of Macon County for a so-called ‘sit-down’.

Michael Sanders

Western North Carolina businesses are making a name for themselves in the American music festival scene. 

Michael Sanders

Appalachian music is part of our culture now more than ever. 

Clean Slate Coalition

For many female inmates, having stability, or even just a place to call home upon their release, is not a sure thing. But one Western North Carolina group is working to change that—one woman at a time.  

Asheville Beer Week

It's now Beer Week in Asheville--a city in Western North Carolina regularly voted "Beer City, U.S.A.".

Davin Eldridge

In the wake of Mission Health’s controversial decision to end baby deliveries at Angel Medical Center, health system officials have agreed to meet with concerned residents in Macon County.

Davin Eldridge

Calling all cat lovers: Western North Carolina is home to the newly-opened American Museum of the House Cat. 

Town of Franklin

After decades of conducting business as a Board of Aldermen, the Town of Franklin will now be governed by a Town Council.

Davin Eldridge

Few regions in the United States have seen their politics changed more by redistricting and gerrymandering than Western North Carolina – and Asheville and Buncombe County in particular.  

North Carolina Department of Transportation

The current level of funding for North Carolina's transportation system just isn't enough, according to a national research firm, which is urging state lawmakers to act soon.

Davin Eldridge

Angel Medical Center’s board of directors  made it official – later this year, the far-western North Carolina hospital will no longer deliver babies.

Davin Eldridge

The town of Canton is in the early stages of planning a new bicycle and pedestrian lane, with the hopes of revitalizing its downtown area. 

Mission Health’s explanation of why it’s ending deliveries at Angel Medical Center – because it loses more than $1-million a year doing so – isn’t sitting well with Macon County residents. Local leadership, including Franklin Mayor Bob Scott and County Commissioner Gary Shields, both pledged their support to locals in protest of Mission Health, and encouraged them to reach out to local government for help.  

Angel Medical Center, Mapio.net

The decision to stop delivering babies at a Macon County hospital is proving to be an unpopular one in the mountains.  

Angel Medical Center in Franklin has been in the business of delivering babies for more than sixty years, but all of that is about to change come mid-summer.  Mission Health, which runs the small community hospital, announced it will be discontinuing child labor and delivery services at the facility in July.  The decision is unpopular with young people in Macon County.

franklinnc.org

So, what’s in a name? A lot, if you ask Franklin mayor Bob Scott, who recently began efforts to transition the municipal government’s identity from a Town Board of Aldermen to a Town Council. 

The Town of Franklin’s elected officials have donned the title of ‘aldermen’ for decades, but soon that may all change, if Mayor Bob Scott gets his way.

“’Aldermen’ is a pretty old, archaic term. When you talk about an ‘alderman’, and then you try to talk about an ‘alderwoman’, it gets pretty awkward.”

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