Elizabeth Leland

Leland has been a reporter for the Charlotte Observer for more than 25 years. She has won the national Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing and the 2006 Darrell Sifford Memorial Prize in Journalism and is a three-time winner of the Associated Press’ Thomas Wolfe writing award. Leland is the author of two books — A Place for Joe and The Vanishing Coast.

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Perspective | A new school year, a hurricane, a lesson in giving

The school year began and students in Mrs. McDavid’s eighth grade English and language arts class at Jones Middle School...


Perspective | They’re learning to sail — and protect the environment

For 10 weeks this summer, when a fleet of small boats sails off from Washington, North Carolina, into the Pamlico...


How strong readers become a strong workforce

How well children read by third grade can determine how well they do in life. But learning to read, it...