Alan Hodge

Alan Hodge was raised in Belmont and Charlotte. He has written Our State’s monthly quiz for over 25 years. He is a freelance writer based in Charlotte with four first and second place statewide awards from the NC Press Assoc. and the NC Press Club for community news reporting.


Quiz: The Main Attraction

Every town has a “main street” — even if it’s called something else. But each of these distinctive streets has something extra special.


Quiz: Record Time

When the folks from Guinness World Records come to town, North Carolinians rise to the challenge — stopwatches and measuring tapes in hand.


Quiz: Farms of a Lifetime

Some folks were born to tend the land. NC Century Farms have been in one family for more than 100 years — or even 200.


Quiz: Between Land & Sea

Sheltered from ocean waves, the gentle waters of our state’s sounds are the gateway to our favorite islands.


Our State Quiz: Big & Tall

With branches that reach high above the forest floor and trunks too wide to wrap your arms around, these trees are our champions.

Arts & Culture

Our State Quiz: On the Air

For many North Carolinians in the mid-20th century, these beloved local TV and radio personalities seemed like part of the family.


Our State Quiz: Cozy Critters

While we’re gathered ’round the fireplace with blankets and hot cocoa, animals across the state are staying warm in their own ways.