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Biography

David BoraksDavid Boraks is an independent writer, editor, and photographer based in Davidson, North Carolina. Over the past 35 years, his work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books and on radio in the U.S. and abroad.

David was born near Boston, Mass., and grew up in central Connecticut. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and a master of arts degree in liberal studies from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. At Wesleyan, he wrote a master’s thesis on “African American Culture in the 20th Century and the Role of the White Critic of Black Music.”

Photography and printmaking

After a 15-year hiatus from photography, David picked up a camera again during a family sojourn in Taipei, Taiwan, and Shanghai, China, in 2005-2006. Some of his work can be described as “street photography” – images grabbed in an instant. Others are more carefully composed and sometimes border on the abstract.

Over the past year, David has had three one-man exhibitions: at Davidson Town Hall in November 2007, at Summit Coffee in Davidson in February/March 2008, and at Cornelius Arts Center/Creative Art Exchange in September/October 2008. His photographs and woodcuts have won awards in art competitions sponsored by the Lake Norman Art League and Mooresville Artists Guild. His work can be seen in the 2007 and 2008 Images of Home calendars and the 2009 Images of Hometowns calendar, published as a fund-raiser for the Davidson Housing Coalition Hammers home-repair program, and in the Lake Norman Art League’s 2007 “Lake Norman Postcards” series.

David’s news and feature photographs also appear in local publications, including DavidsonNews.net.

He has served on the Lake Norman Art League executive board and also is a member of the Mooresville Artists Guild and The Light Factory in Charlotte.

Web-based reporting and publishing

As a reporter and editor, David’s work has appeared on the Web for more than a decade, beginning at The Charlotte Observer, where he was technology columnist and editor from 1996-2000.

In 2000, he was a senior correspondent for the online business news service LocalBusiness.com, filing daily online reports on tech startups, venture capital and financial services.

He is currently the publisher of DavidsonNews.net, an online community news and information site in Davidson, N.C., he founded in December 2006.

In addition to managing that and other personal websites, he has helped other businesses, professionals, non-profit organizations and artists establish websites to promote their work or activities. 

Radio & print journalism

David has worked at daily and weekly newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Asia, including American Banker (2001-2005), The Charlotte Observer (1993-2000), The China News (1991) in Taipei, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant (1986-1989) and The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle, where he was editor 1989-1991.

He now works as a free-lance reporter based in Davidson, N.C., writing about a wide range of subjects -- from banking to art to community news. His work has appeared in American Banker, New York, N.Y.; Apple Daily, Taipei, Taiwan; Mandarin Speaks, a China-oriented business newsletter in Charlotte, N.C.; ACP Observer, published by American College of Physicians, Philadelphia; Trustee magazine, published by American Hospital Association, Chicago; Cornell Alumni News, Ithaca, N.Y.; and Alternative Energy Retailer, Waterbury, Conn.

As a free-lance radio reporter, David has produced news and features for WFAE-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Charlotte, N.C. He also works occasionally as substitute weekend morning news anchor for the station.