Josh Shaffer

Shaffer is a reporter and columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer. He won first place in 2008 for general features from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors.

Home & Garden

Homes for Bluebirds

Eastern bluebirds, once almost vanished from our state, thrive with the help of friendly (human) neighbors.


Elizabeth Cotten

From her picking style to her unlikely path to fame, the folk music heroine from Carrboro always did things her own way.


Kinston’s Tiny Town

Housed in an unlikely place, a miniature train set-up matches the state’s landscape exactly.


An Eclectic Mix in Belhaven

This eastern town along the Pungo River catches an eclectic mix of travelers. Each one adds another line to the curious story of this place.


Traveling By Trail: The Mountains-to-Sea Trail

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail might not have the cachet of the Appalachian Trail, and is even partly theoretical, but for hikers looking for a more varied path, it’s right up their alley.