Mary Newsom

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Director of Urban Policy Initiatives

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

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 17, 2017
    Projections are for the Catawba-Wateree River watershed to reach its capacity to provide water to the growing Charlotte region by 2065. With no state laws managing water rights, what happens?
  • plancharlotte.org
    Oct 17, 2017
    Projections are for the Catawba-Wateree River watershed to reach its capacity to provide water to the growing Charlotte region by 2065. With no state laws managing water rights, what happens?
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 28, 2017
    Each year thousands of people in Charlotte lose their homes to eviction. It’s not just a symptom of larger issues – high child care and transportation costs, rising rents and low wages – but can start a cascade of financial woes.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 28, 2017
    Each year thousands of people in Charlotte lose their homes to eviction. It’s not just a symptom of larger issues – high child care and transportation costs, rising rents and low wages – but can start a cascade of financial woes.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 21, 2017
    Christ Lutheran Church will offer a free livestream viewing of author Matthew Desmond’s lecture Sept. 27. Hundreds are on the wait list for the lecture; this offers the chance to see it as it happens.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 21, 2017
    Christ Lutheran Church will offer a free livestream viewing of author Matthew Desmond’s lecture Sept. 27. Hundreds are on the wait list for the lecture; this offers the chance to see it as it happens.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 08, 2017
    What would famous urban observer Jane Jacobs advise Charlotte in 2017? We asked local planners and city thinkers.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 08, 2017
    What would famous urban observer Jane Jacobs advise Charlotte in 2017? We asked local planners and city thinkers.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Aug 28, 2017
    Charlotte readers snapped up a chance to hear best-selling author Matthew Desmond in September. Here’s how to get on the wait list.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 28, 2017
    Charlotte readers snapped up a chance to hear best-selling author Matthew Desmond in September. Here’s how to get on the wait list.