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Welcome to the second season of “Carolina Impact” – a show focusing on the issues, people and places in the Charlotte region. Watch our first episode which aired September 30th.

You can also click below to watch segments featured on the show.

Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility
In this story, we talk with Charlotte Chamber President and CEO Bob Morgan, Charlotte Regional Partnership President and CEO Ronnie Bryant, and Norfolk Southern Director of Public Relations Robin Chapman about the economic impact the new Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility will have in attracting national and international business to our region.

UNC Charlotte Explosive Growth
Considered North Carolina’s urban research university, UNC Charlotte has more than 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled during the fall 2014 semester. As the fourth largest university within the University of North Carolina’s 17 campuses, we talk with UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois about the record growth and Dean of Students Christine Reed-Davis about new facilities on campus.

Dress for Success Charlotte
Dress for Success helps hundreds of women each year in the Charlotte region by providing wardrobe essentials to help them not only land a job, but to clothe themselves professionally until they’re able to do so on their own. Most of the women are single moms and securing employment is a vital step for them to achieve economic independence.

Jazz at the Bechtler
On the first Friday of the month, mid-century art meets mid-century music at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art located in downtown Charlotte. Jazz concerts are performed by the Ziad Jazz Quartet and features guests musicians and vocalists.


You can catch Carolina Impact, Tuesdays, at 8 p.m. If you have comments or story ideas, we would love to hear from you. Send your suggestions to:


Carolina Impact Special – Regional STEM Awards – May 22, 2014

STEM Award winners were recognized in front of a live studio audience on May 21 in CPCC’s Halton Theater, located on its Central Campus. The ceremony was broadcast on May 22 at 8 p.m. on PBS Charlotte. The awards recognized 6th – 12th grade students and teachers from the station’s 13-county viewing area who exhibited excellence in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). There were 12 student submissions nominated for awards from 5 different counties. There were 7 teacher submissions nominated for categories such as Best STEM Integration, Most Innovative, and Best Community Connection. Submissions were judged by a panel of Central Piedmont Community College STEM faculty and staff members.


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Carolina Impact – May 8, 2014

This show is for everyone who cares about a young person. Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers who want to help prepare kids for high paying careers won’t want to miss this. The Department of Labor says high-paying jobs of the future don’t require the same skills of those from the past. Join us as we discuss careers in STEM…Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Experts say those fields offer great opportunities for you young people. You won’t want to miss this week’s Carolina Impact. Hosted by Amy Burkett. Watch this week’s show now.

Carolina Impact – May 1, 2014

Please join us for a special education report. We will head back to school to learn about issues such as teacher pay and other issues facing those who teach our children and grandchildren. We’ll also take a look at the teacher of the year and learn what makes him special. Hosted by Amy Burkett. Watch this week’s show now.

Carolina Impact – April 24, 2014

We will tell you about an organization providing lessons in golf and life. We’ll hear the story of A Second Helping that comes with a second chance and we’ll learn how to orbit the planet by keeping your feet on the floor. Please join us for these stories and more on the next Carolina Impact. Watch this week’s show now!

Carolina Impact – April 17, 2014

On this week’s Carolina Impact we will meet a woman using her motorcycle as a vehicle to fight cancer. We will learn about a new idea launched to connect our youth to jobs and careers and then we will take a one tank trip to Rowan County where one family keeps memories alive through toys. Please join us for these stories and more. Hosted by Amy Burkett.

Carolina Impact – April 10, 2014

We’ll head to South Carolina to learn how horses help some children with special needs. We will also meet some future entrepreneurs learning how businesses work. Lastly, we’ll meet some terrific teens in Union County as they give us a Shakespeare experience. Join us  for those stories and more on this week’s Carolina Impact. Hosted by Amy Burkett.

Carolina Impact – April 3, 2014

We travel to Gaston County to spotlight an incredible program called BackPack Weekend Food Program which provides children food for the weekends. Watch as our crew participates in an historic bus tour exploring Charlotte’s Westside. Finally we’ll travel to Union County and learn about some feathered friends who will soon be on PBS’s popular nature program. We’ll tell you why. Join us for those stories and more on the next Carolina Impact. Hosted by Amy Burkett.

Carolina Impact – March 27, 2014

How do you improve aging neighborhoods?  It takes teamwork and we’ll show you an example that’s making a difference.
Bea Thompson explores the issue of grands raising grands on My Boomer Generation. And we’ll meet some incredibly talented kids at a local school for the arts. Please join us for these stories and more on the next Carolina Impact. Hosted by Amy Burkett, General Manager, WTVI PBS Charlotte.

Carolina Impact – February 27, 2014

On the next Carolina Impact we will explore the issue of closing the student achievement gap for African American males and we’ll wrap up Steve Crump’s special Summer of 63 Series.  Then we will take you under the sea…sort of…. by giving  you a look inside our region’s new aquarium in Cabarrus County.  Please join us for these stories and more on the next Carolina Impact.

Carolina Impact – February 20, 2014

This week on “Carolina Impact,” we continue our series on the Summer of ‘63 with interviews from former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Condoleeza Rice. At the Charlotte Rescue Mission, new surroundings are changing lives. We’ll also meet some talented woodcarvers showing off their craft. Finally, we’ll look at the Union County Performance Ensemble as they perform “Shrek The Musical”.

Carolina Impact – February 13, 2014

This week we continue our preview of “Flashbacks of the Summer of ’63” – our tribute to Black History Month. We will travel to the Enola Center in Morganton and be inspired by some talented adults overcoming personal challenges. We’ll explore our inventive side at Discovery Place through the “101 Inventions that Changed the World” exhibit and then off to the Halton Theater to preview Central Piedmont Community College’s production of “Some Enchanted Evening with Rogers and Hammerstein”.

Carolina Impact – February 4, 2014

On this week’s episode of “Carolina Impact,” we’ll share tips that will help protect you from identity theft. We will also visit the Mid-Atlantic Boat show. We’ll begin our Black History Month specials with a look back at the summer of ’63. Also, we’ll take you inside the exhibits at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte.

Carolina Impact – January 30, 2014

Think it’s too cold to garden? Think again! We’ll dig into a school-based gardening collaboration. For the millions battling heart disease, we’ll explore an organization that’s working on prevention for our kids. We’ll also take a trip to Shelby in Cleveland County where we learn about our musical history.

Carolina Impact – January 23, 2014

This week on Carolina Impact….we’ll find out how the Women’s Impact Fund helps those in need and I’ll take you to the Levine Museum of the New South for a little tour of our region’s history. Plus we’ll enjoy the art of Regine Bechtler. Please join us for these stories and more on this week’s Carolina Impact.

Carolina Impact – January 16, 2014

Coming up on the next Carolina Impact we will learn how being on-air helps children battling cancer. Plus we meet a passionate man whose enthusiasm for art is so amazing he has found a way to share it with others. And we explore Charlotte artist Paul Rousso’s latest work that is a progression from the master’s pop art. Please join us for those stories and more on the next Carolina Impact.

Carolina Impact – January 9, 2014

This week on Carolina Impact, we’ll learn about a restaurant helping people feed their souls and give them skills to turn their lives around. We’ll also learn how Crisis Assistance Ministries provides a safety net for people in need. A new black light magic show at the Children’s Theater of Charlotte will have you saying “How did they do that?”. We hope you’ll join us for these stories and more on this week’s Carolina Impact.

 Carolina Impact – November 21, 2013

Carolina Impact – November 14, 2013

Carolina Impact – November 7, 2013


Carolina Impact – October 31, 2013

Carolina Impact – October 24, 2013


Carolina Impact – October 17, 2013

Carolina Impact – October 10, 2013


Watch the premiere which aired on Thursday, October 3 at 8pm!