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12:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Covering Camel City: A Conversation With Chad Nance


Chad Nance is the editor and chief and co-founder of the news website Camel City Dispatch. Radio camper Alexander Gaither talked to Chad about working at Camel City Dispatch. 


I met Chad for the interview on a bright, cloudless, day on the Wake Forest campus. Chad was wearing a Camel City Dispatch T-shirt, close-toed shoes, and a gigantic smile, obviously excited for the interview. I first asked him about which of his stories he finds the most fascinating.   

Radio Camper Alex Gaither interviews Chad Nance
Radio Camper Alex Gaither interviews Chad Nance
Credit Molly Davis

The stuff I like to report on - that I actually find entertaining and find a little more interesting is, opposed to the politics because that’s no fun - is doing crime reporting.

Yeah, you get these interesting subcultures of people and things that you just don’t learn about and the height of human drama is often a crime or a tragedy. It’s not that I enjoy those things, but A, they’re important, and B, they’re human. That’s where humanity is tested.  

I asked Chad several questions about his work at Camel City Dispatch, including his political standpoint, how he got started, and why he chose CCD.


When we started CCD, I’d been a journalist since I was in high school. I covered sports for the Mt. Airy newspaper, The King newspaper that doesn’t exist anymore, and the Pilot. I’d been doing journalism ever since in one form or another, and – I’d been doing national journalism - when I returned home to Winston-Salem, which is my hometown, my partner and I – she and I - decided that we wanted to create something different here. And it was a 21st century way of getting your news, which is online, and not necessarily in a newspaper or a magazine. 

To see Chad’s written interviews and more, visit the Camel City Dispatch website and search “Chad Nance”.

For 88.5 WFDD Radio Camp, I’m Alexander Gaither.    


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