BEST LOCAL NEWSPAPER REPORTER
APRIL BETHEA, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
One of the media’s key roles is to lift the proverbial veil shielding government and corporations. As the Mecklenburg County government reporter at The Charlotte Observer, April Bethea does just that. But unlike some of her predecessors, this Charlotte-born reporter embraced social media, allowing her to draw her readers into her work like never before. Witness her live-Tweeting meetings like a social media expert by following her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aprilbethea. County meetings are Tweeted with the hashtag #meckbocc.