Gracyn Doctor covers race and equity for WFAE, an NPR member station in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her master’s degree in arts journalism from Syracuse University in 2020, where she reported on health and policy change as an intern at WAER, the public radio station on campus. Doctor also wrote for The NewsHouse, a student-run news site, and Syracuse.com and hosted and produced a podcast on news and Black culture. For her capstone project at American Theatre magazine, she reported on the state of theatre at the height of the pandemic, focusing on the pandemic’s effect on theatre companies of color. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Doctor says her goal is to create equal and better coverage of the Black and LGBTQIA communities, and to be an honest, trustworthy voice in the media.
Beat: Race and equity beat
WFAE proposes creating a Race & Equity team that would include this reporter who will assist in covering topics affecting communities of color, including economic mobility, race and justice, health disparities, police reform, housing, environmental inequality, etc. through audio and text for digital and radio audiences. The team also will look at the often complex dynamics within and between communities of color.