Katie Schanze

Katie Schanze is the assistant editor and digital editor of Our State.


Downtown: Carrboro

This funky, free-spirited town in Orange County has long been shaped by the university down the street, but these days, it stands on its own.


Ale Trails: Piedmont

The brewery scenes in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem are flourishing. With so many great options in each city, it can be tough to figure out where to start. We can help!


Conquering the Midway

It may seem impossible to win that giant Jamaican banana at the hoop toss. But according to the Wake County law enforcement officers (and their kids) who work the game-testing beat, it just takes a little know-how.


Downtown: Mount Airy

In this music-loving community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, visitors find much more than Mayberry.

Home & Garden

Meet the Maker: Belle le Verre

Catawba County artist Marietta Burke lets her passion and talent shine through her stunning stained-glass creations.


Fall 2018 Oktoberfest Roundup

Sound the alphorn: Oktoberfest is coming! There’s plenty of bratwurst, lederhosen, and beer to go around at these festivals across the state.


Neighborhood: Fisher Park

A century ago, Greensboro’s first park inspired the city’s most fashionable neighborhood. Today, it’s filled with heart and history.


Downtown: Belmont

There’s a rhythm in the history of this Gaston County city, and chic restaurants and shops are creating an infectious new beat.