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Born in Chicago, Chris spent most of his early years in growing up in various locations on the East coast, including a four-year stint in Raleigh in the mid-70s. He moved to Raleigh for good in 1996 and is the Senior Manager, Information Technology at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, Chris spent time at Lulu and IBM. Chris was the founder of Raleighing, the city's first hyperlocal blog, which began in early 2005 and ran strong for two and a half years. He lives downtown with his wife, Molly, owner of the popular Raleigh-based Mollybeads, and their three dogs. Chris is also a singer, performing with the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Oakwood Waits.
|James Borden - Staff Representative
James has covered everything from the Dix Park controversy to North Raleigh party mansions. James has been a contributing freelancer to the Record since he first wrote about the rise of community gardens in December of 2012. In addition to freelancing for the Record, he has a full-time job covering the construction industry for a trade paper and serves on the board of directors for the nonprofit organization WomenNC. A Pennsylvania native, James graduated with a BA in English with a journalism concentration and a minor in political science from the University of Delaware in 2004. He moved to North Carolina in 2008 and has lived in Raleigh since 2010.
|Laura Fiorilli-Crews - Treasurer
Laura Fiorilli-Crews is a Chapel Hill native who grew up in Roanoke Rapids and Cary, hopped around the country to pursue her education, and is thrilled to be back home in the Triangle. She has a bachelor's degree in U.S. History from the University of Chicago and a master's in journalism from the University of Florida. Laura began her journalism career in small-town North Carolina newspapers, and most recently was homepage editor of TBO.com, a regional news website in Tampa, Fla. Currently teaching communications at Wake Technical Community College, Laura has joined the Raleigh Public Record board in hopes of finding a better way of doing business for the profession she loves. She has traveled to all 50 states and all 100 North Carolina counties. She is married with one daughter.
Scott is an experienced communicator and instructor with 20 years of brand management experience. He is president of Misner & Associates Public Relations, a Raleigh-based idea factory handling some of the region’s more pressing public-private issues. Scott has worked with statewide and national media on a wide-range of issues, including race relations, social justice, and poverty. He is a specialist in consumer behavior with experience across the spectrum of industry. Scott is a graduate of Purdue University and the University of North Carolina where he has been an adjunct professor in the Journalism School’s top-ranked Public Relations department for 11 years. He currently serves on the boards of Self-Help Credit Union and the St. Augustine’s University Community Development Corp.
Cat Warren’s first career, before becoming a professor, was as a newspaper reporter. She covered crime, poverty, the environment, and politics at newspapers across the United States. She was on the special projects desk at the Hartford Courant in the late 1980s when she decided to take a brief break from newspapers to substitute-teach an editing class at a small university in Oregon. She got hooked on teaching and went back to school in to get her doctorate at University of Illinois. She came to North Carolina State University in 1995, and hasn’t looked back. She teaches a variety of reporting, editing, and science journalism classes, has edited a higher education magazine, and just finished a non-fiction book on working dogs. This is her second round on the Raleigh Public Record’s board, and she is delighted to return. She lives in Durham with her husband, David Auerbach, and two German shepherds.