Founders' Day Convocation Speaker

Fannie Flono PhotoFannie Flono is an associate editor for The Charlotte Observer, and has written editorials and columns since 1993. She has been a journalist for more than 35 years and won awards for editorials, columns, investigative reporting and education reporting. She was city editor and political editor at the Observer before joining the paper’s editorial board.

She was a prestigious Nieman Fellow, studying at Harvard University in 1998 and 1999 along with 23 other American and foreign journalists. In 2008, she was the James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy at Davidson College. She also has travelled extensively abroad on fellowships to Germany, China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

In 2009, she was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Regional Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was a recipient of a Maya Angelou Women Who Lead in Media award. In March of 2012, she was inducted into the Women’s History Hall of Fame at the Levine Museum of the New South.

Her book, “Thriving in the Shadows: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County,” was published in 2007.

She is on the board of the N.C. Press Foundation, the Charlotte Museum of History, and Tomorrow’s R.O.A.D. (Roots of the African Diaspora), a Charlotte youth organization.