My name is Natalie Anderson. I cover politics, COVID-19 and city government for the Salisbury Post, a local newspaper outside of the Charlotte area in North Carolina. I was raised in Louisiana and am a proud alumna of Louisiana State University. #GeauxTigers
I began reporting for the Salisbury Post in January 2020. As a politics reporter, I covered local races in the primary and general election. As the city reporter, I reported on the controversial decision among city staff to relocate a Confederate statue from downtown following the surge of nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality after George Floyd’s death. And as the COVID-19 reporter, I provide daily updates in addition to extensive reporting on the pandemic’s impact as well as local nursing home outbreaks — one of which was the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the state of North Carolina.
As a young journalist, I’ve led a newsroom and worked with editors to transition from a daily publication to a weekly print product while working to strengthen a daily digital presence. While in college, I covered politics and legislative sessions at the Louisiana State Capitol for the state’s Pulitzer-winning newspaper, The Advocate, obtained and analyzed public records and interviewed both experts and victims of natural disasters for a multimedia project with the Carnegie-Knight News21 program.
My work in breaking news, editorial writing and website layout has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the News21 project was awarded a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award. My work with the Salisbury Post has also been recognized by the North Carolina Press Association, though award winners will be formally announced in February.
I graduated from LSU in December 2019 with a bachelor of arts in mass communication from the Manship School of Mass Communication, with minors in political science and psychology.
I pride myself on maintaining a genuine curiosity and desire to learn something new everyday, which fuels my drive as a journalist to keep asking questions and broaden my perspective of the world. I’m excited to work in a field that challenges me each day to tell the truth, amplify the voices of the community around me and hold powerful people accountable.