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Charles UpchurchCHARLES UPCHURCH
Charles Upchurch is a writer and editor based in Raleigh. When he is not working on behalf of his clients at the award-winning marketing and PR agency French|West|Vaughan, he enjoys contributing to WALTER magazine, covering the amazing people, events and vibrant creative scene that make Raleigh the enriching, energizing, blossoming Southern metropolis that it is. Read articles



Meagan ByrneMEAGAN BYRNE
Meagan is a North Carolina State University graduate, recent Northern transplant and has the self-proclaimed "best buffalo wing recipe in the world." During football season, she can be found at Sammy's Tap & Grill every Sun.; she'll be the only one wearing a Giants jersey. Outside of football season, she's visiting the many breweries in Raleigh, checking off her beer bucket list. Read articles

 

Michael RobsonMICHAEL ROBSON
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) content marketing manager with a passion for photography and everything local. Read articles

 

 

 

Wendy McCarthyWENDY MCCARTHY
Raleigh resident Wendy McCarthy is a mother, home cook and lifelong learner. Read articles

 

 

 

Alex Ellis ALEX ELLIS
Alex is a UNC grad, junk food enthusiast and, most importantly, a pug owner. In her spare time, she can be found reading a month-old copy of The Sunday Times or searching for her new favorite beer. Read articles

 

 

Derek AllmanDEREK ALLMAN, CHIA
Derek is the senior marketing manager at the Greater Raleigh CVB. In addition to being a marketer with eight years of destination marketing experience in N.C., Derek is a singer-songwriter, violinist, guitarist and lap steel player. His love for marketing developed when, in high school, he launched his award-winning hard rock band's first marketing campaign. Derek can often be found with his iPhone or violin in hand at concerts and events in Raleigh. Read articles



Ryan SmithRYAN SMITH
Ryan is the Greater Raleigh CVB's director of communications and has 17 years of communications and public relations experience with a concentration in the hospitality industry, promoting destinations, hotels, attractions, festivals, restaurants and more. She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) local, national and travel & tourism chapters, The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). Read articles


Sally Van DenoverSALLY VAN DENOVER
Sally is a writer and a graduate of North Carolina's Elon University. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at a local animal shelter, frequenting the abundant farmers' markets and discovering the hidden gems of Raleigh. She loves everything local, from beer to bluegrass, and has her sights set on sampling every ice cream shop in the destination. Read articles






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Kristen Baughman

Katie Peeler

Kristen Hill

Tyler Cox

Leigh Powell Hines

Kristy Stevenson

Mary E. Brooks

Emma Witman

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