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.


Our State Quiz: Fresh Catch

North Carolina’s commercial fishermen work year-round to bring coastal delights from the ocean to your plate.


Our State Quiz: Resting Place

In historic cemeteries across the state, North Carolinians from all walks of life lie bound by the earth to their Carolina home.


Our State Quiz: Below the Surface

With more than 5,000 shipwrecks lying off our shores, it’s no wonder that the North Carolina coast is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.


Our State Quiz: Farm Favorites

From apples in the west to sweet potatoes in the east — plus everything in between — North Carolina grows some of the country’s finest crops. Test your North Carolina produce knowledge.


Our State Quiz: Treat Yourself

For those who crave delectable desserts, colorful candies, and distinctive sodas, North Carolina is a pretty sweet place to be. Test your knowledge on these tasty Tar Heel treats!


Our State Quiz: Nature’s Helpers

For years, conservation projects in North Carolina have protected our state’s natural heritage, ensuring that our plants, animals, and landscapes will be preserved for posterity.