Mary Newsom

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Associate Director Urban and Regional Affairs

Biography

Mary is a lifelong newspaper journalist who spent several decades at The Charlotte Observer as an editorial board member and columnist, concentrating on Charlotte regional urban and suburban growth, planning, urban design, transportation and land preservation. She left the Observer and joined the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in June 2011, where she works on strategic community and university partnerships and oversees the institute’s online communications. She had a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami.

Education

A.B. Journalism UNC Chapel Hill

Expertise

Urban and suburban issues, Charlotte region and North Carolina politics and government, writing, editing and journalism.

Articles

  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 22, 2017
    The City of Charlotte wants public reaction to the draft of its updated bicycle plan. Here’s how you can add your voice.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 22, 2017
    The City of Charlotte wants public reaction to the draft of its updated bicycle plan. Here’s how you can add your voice.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jan 30, 2017
    Meet your neighbors, learn your city and hear stories of Charlotte neighborhoods. For 2017, the City Walks project offers final weekend offers a dozen ways to explore the Queen City.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 30, 2017
    Meet your neighbors, learn your city and hear stories of Charlotte neighborhoods. For 2017, the City Walks project offers final weekend offers a dozen ways to explore the Queen City.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jan 26, 2017
    For 2017, the KEEPING WATCH initiative focuses on wildlife habitat in our urban ecosystem. PlanCharlotte.org editor Mary Newsom talked with UNC Charlotte’s Sara Gagné, who researches landscape ecology.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 26, 2017
    For 2017, the KEEPING WATCH initiative focuses on wildlife habitat in our urban ecosystem. PlanCharlotte.org editor Mary Newsom talked with UNC Charlotte’s Sara Gagné, who researches landscape ecology.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jan 19, 2017
    Should the regional transit commission take on operating costs for the Charlotte streetcar? Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx makes that suggestion in an interview while reflecting on his tenure as U.S. transportation secretary.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 19, 2017
    Should the regional transit commission take on operating costs for the Charlotte streetcar? Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx makes that suggestion in an interview while reflecting on his tenure as U.S. transportation secretary.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 07, 2016
    Charlotte for years has had a love-hate view of Atlanta, with civic leaders envying their fellow southeastern metro for its big-city status, achieved decades earlier than Charlotte’s. But sprawling growth and traffic congestion in the Georgia capital city fuel a We Don’t Want To Become Like Atlanta...
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 07, 2016
    Charlotte for years has had a love-hate view of Atlanta, envying its vigor but not its sprawl and traffic congestion. Last year a Charlottean became Atlanta’s planning director. Tim Keane grew up in Charlotte and went on to be planning director in Davidson, and Charleston. In this interview he offers his thoughts on Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta.