Local NPR station WFAE to open new HQ, community hub in uptown Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — National Public Radio station WFAE is moving its University City headquarters to uptown, where it plans to open a community engagement hub.

The local station announced this week that it is moving to 301 E. 7th St. in Charlotte’s First Ward neighborhood. Joe O’Connor, WFAE president and chief executive officer, told Charlotte Business Journal that the station will sublease the two-story, 12,000-square-foot building from current tenant Google Fiber for four years, then from owner Levine Properties for another five, with the option to extend.

The community engagement hub will take up the building’s first floor, and WFAE employees will work from a hybrid newsroom space on the second floor. O’Connor said they’re planning to move in by Nov. 7 and will begin hosting community events that same month.

The move is something that O’Connor said WFAE has worked toward for years in an effort to better execute the station’s desire to be “mission first, ratings and revenue second.”

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