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: North Carolina Public (Art) Works

The federal New Deal program funded the creation of thousands of murals, wood carvings, and sculptures in the 1930s and ’40s — many of which can still be found in North Carolina post offices and government buildings today.


Quiz: Santa’s Shopping List

When the folks at the North Pole need a little help, they head to North Carolina Christmas shops and craft fairs for toys, trimmings, and lots of holiday spirit.


Quiz: Vast Vistas

When fall arrives in North Carolina, we head west for vibrant foliage, miles of mountain views, and scenic overlooks to take it all in.


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.