It’s with a great deal of sadness that the NC Policy Watch team bade farewell last week to Courts, Law and Democracy Reporter Melissa Boughton, who left to take on a new position at Duke University School of Law. Melissa joined the PW team just under four years ago and produced a plethora of outstanding stories on topics of great importance at a critical juncture in North Carolina history.
In filling a dedicated reporting “beat” that had largely been abandoned by many traditional news media outlets, Melissa quickly became a trusted and respected source for in-depth coverage and up-to-the-minute headlines on a wide array of issues related to the state’s justice and electoral systems. During her tenure at Policy Watch, she broke scores of exclusive stories, shined a light on numerous shortcomings in the way public systems serve the vulnerable in our society and, not surprisingly, claimed several awards for her reporting efforts.
Good luck, Melissa — we will miss you!