Elon alumnus Joe Bruno ’14 hailed as ‘news breaking machine’ 

The WSOC-TV reporter was recognized as one of Charlotte’s “10 local media minds to watch in 2018.”

In a listicle touting Charlotte’s “10 local media players to watch in 2018,” an Elon alumnus appeared at the very top.

Joe Bruno ’14, an investigative reporter specializing in government and breaking news reporting for WSOC-TV, was one of 10 individuals recognized in a Jan. 10 article published by Charlotte Agenda. The Queen City news outlet posts daily stories regarding Charlotte-related topics and distributes a popular e-newsletter each morning.

Author Ted Williams touted Bruno as a “news breaking machine,” adding that the WSOC-TV reporter has become “arguably the brightest young news reporter in the city.” Williams also commended Bruno’s work ethic and prowess on social media, which has endeared the young journalist to his 7,500-plus Twitter followers.

Other media members recognized by Charlotte Agenda included Jonathan Jones, a Sports Illustrated writer, Page Fehling, a television anchor at FOX46 Charlotte/WJZY-TV, and Joe O’Connor, general manager of WFAE 90.7, Charlotte’s NPR news source.

In September, Charlotte Agenda also included Bruno in its article highlighting 30 leaders age 30 or younger who are positively impacting the city.

Additionally, Bruno was honored at the RTDNAC award luncheon in November as part of a WSOC-TV investigative team that captured The Associated Press’ First Amendment Award of Excellence. The team was honored for its reports on the Mecklenburg County Health Department.