The first issue of The North
Carolina Independent is published April 16.
Dee Reid’s piece on toxic waste in North Carolina (“Armageddon”) is the paper’s first cover story.
The paper also publishes its first political endorsements.
Inaugural Pride marches take place in Durham.
INDY Week supports Pride celebrations to this day and remains dedicated to covering the Triangle’s LGBTQ+ communities.
INDY‘s endorsement of Democrat Harold Hardison’s primary opponent leads to mass theft of papers by the campaign.
“Silent Warriors,” highlighting vital AIDS research throughout the Triangle, publishes.
“The Landlord Hall of Shame” series by Barry Yeoman publishes, bringing unethical and unsafe property management practices to light.
Yeoman’s “Highway Robbery”
investigative series on the influence of political contributions on the state’s $1.6 billion transportation budget publishes.
The paper covers Ladyslipper Music as it celebrates 20 years.
Home” series on immigration publishes.
The paper profiles Nnenna Freelon in a story about local artists navigating a changing industry.
The Independent gives public voice to the anti-war movement during the Iraq invasion.
“Growth Rules!” by Jennifer
Strom, on regulation of stormwater runoff and other environmental concerns, publishes.
Covering the environment
“Stolen Youth” by Mosi Secret, on Erick Daniels’s wrongful conviction, publishes.
A wrongful conviction
Hopscotch Music Festival is founded by Independent staffers.
The first festival takes place September 9–11 and features 130 bands in 10 venues.
“A Brief History of Pimento Cheese” by Emily Wallace publishes
Tasty food coverage
The Independent is sold to City of Roses, LLC, and is renamed INDY Week
Hello, “INDY Week”
“DENR Covers Its Ash“
by Billy Ball; “Rivers of Ash” by Bob Geary; and “Canary in the Coal Ash” by Jane Porter on coal ash waste dumping all publish.
Coal ash reporting
INDY Week sues the McCrory administration over withheld travel records.
Public records lawsuits
“Hogwashed,” a series by Ken Fine and Erica Hellerstein on NC hog farm waste, publishes.
“Man Without a Country,” coverage by Hellerstein on Pastor Jose Chicas hiding from ICE in a Durham church, publishes.
“Credible Fear,” a story
by Hellerstein on asylum for domestic abuse survivors, publishes.
“New Church on
the Block” by Sarah Edwards, on the anti- LGBTQ+ Pioneers Church opening in downtown Durham, publishes.
“Durham’s ‘SCAD’: Good or Bad?” by Lena Geller, on local developers’ initiatives to change Durham’s UDO, publishes.
The Assembly takes over management of INDY Week.
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