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
    May 19, 2017
    City Walks: Still more exploring scheduled in fast-growing South End neighborhood and an outdoor arts project in along the Stewart Creek Greenway.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 19, 2017
    City Walks: Still more exploring scheduled in fast-growing South End neighborhood and an outdoor arts project in along the Stewart Creek Greenway.
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 18, 2017
    If you went on a City Walk this year or led one, and had an inspiration for a way to help your neighborhood or city, you can apply for a $500 Eyes on the Street grant.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 18, 2017
    If you went on a City Walk this year or led one, and had an inspiration for a way to help your neighborhood or city, you can apply for a $500 Eyes on the Street grant.
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 03, 2017
    As Charlotte booms, how is the city’s planning department working to change city ordinances to bring them into the 21st century? An interview with interim Planning Director Ed McKinney. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 03, 2017
    As Charlotte booms, how is the city’s planning department working to change city ordinances to bring them into the 21st century? An interview with interim Planning Director Ed McKinney. 
  • plancharlotte.org
    Mar 29, 2017
    If you’re thinking downtowns are dead, you haven’t been paying attention. I recently got an earful of downtown success stories from across the state. Commentary.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 29, 2017
    If you’re thinking downtowns are dead, you haven’t been paying attention. I recently got an earful of downtown success stories from across the state. Commentary.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Mar 29, 2017
    At a public discussion April 4, hear how this champion for bicycling and pedestrians helped tame New York’s streets.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 29, 2017
    At a public discussion April 4, hear how this champion for bicycling and pedestrians helped tame New York’s streets.