Michelle Alfini is a Climate Beat Reporter for WSOC-TV covering our changing weather patterns, the policies surrounding global climate change and the impact both are having on the Carolinas. She joined the news team in August 2023.
Michelle is a graduate from Elon University and before joining WSOC she worked as a reporter in Duluth, Minnesota, Madison, Wisconsin and Cincinnati, Ohio.
During her time in the Midwest she covered countless snowstorms, tornadoes and floods, though most of her reporting in Cincinnati was focused on affordable housing. She earned an Ohio Valley Emmy and a Regional Murrow for her work on a documentary piece surrounding the history, development and changing social movements along Cincinnati’s Vine Street.
When not at work, Michelle loves running, hiking and finding new restaurants.
If you have a story tip for Michelle, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While pollution from emissions is a global issue, its impact is felt locally too, especially in historically disenfranchised neighborhoods often closest to major pollution sources like highways and industrial sites.
Miles off the coast of the mainland, exposed to the fury and beauty of the Atlantic, the only constant for the Outer Banks is change. The chain of barrier islands has been moving, growing, eroding and reforming for millennia, but those changes don’t always coexist with the development that’s cropped up across the islands over the past several decades.
With its reputation as a “Tree City,” Charlotte has often ranked among metro areas with the best tree canopies, though in recent years, there’s been a renewed emphasis on making sure that canopy continues to grow and serves every neighborhood.
Climate change can be a touchy subject. The topic can spark debates between those who believe and those who don’t. It can evoke feelings of stress or guilt, or at the very least, Lisa Perry said many of the folks she talks to, believe bringing up climate change will kill the mood.