Kyra O'Connor

Kyra O'Connor '23 is studying journalism and creative writing at Elon University. O'Connor serves as executive director at Elon News Network. As a multimedia reporter, O'Connor focuses on local politics and the stories of the Elon and Gibsonville communities. When she is not reporting, O'Connor enjoys reading, hiking and exploring North Carolina.  See O'Connor's best work on her online portfolio here. 

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NEWS 2/1/23 10:14am

Vice President addresses importance of small businesses, community lenders

Community lending initiatives are grassroots movements to connect communities to economic opportunities, according to Senior Vice President of the Latino Community Credit Union Vicky Garcia — but for places like Alamance County, they are few and far between. The LCCU is a community development financial institution with a primary mission to provide local communities with ethical financial products and education to “empower and ensure” economic opportunity for all, according to its mission statement. The first branch opened in 2000 and in 2020 exceeded $594 million in assets. 

NEWS 11/10/22 2:14pm

Experts, young adults reflect on pursuing a GED

Students in North Carolina can drop out of high school at age 16, when most students are in 10th grade. In the 2020-21 academic school year, nearly two students in every 100 dropped out of school — a 27.1% increase from 2019-20, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Male students accounted for 63.3% of all dropouts. 

NEWS 11/9/22 12:50am

Stephen Ross elected to NC House for District 63

Incumbent Ricky Hurtado, who became the first Latino Democrat in the North Carolina General Assembly two years ago, was defeated by Stephen Ross. Ross did not respond to Elon News Network’s multiple requests for comment prior to publication.

NEWS 11/9/22 12:20am

Amy Galey reelected to NC Senate for District 25

The North Carolina senator currently represents District 24 and will represent District 25 following the state’s redistricting. Galey grew up in Union Ridge, a town in Alamance County, and attended University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Galey is licensed to practice in N.C., S.C., and Washington, D.C.

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