QCity Metro published hundreds of stories in 2022, covering topics ranging from Covid-19 to arts and culture.

Every now and then, readers call or write to let us know how much they appreciate our work – and we love hearing from you.

Today, as 2022 draws to an official close, we share some of the stories our reporters and editors most enjoyed writing.

Amanda’s favorite:

In a first for Charlotte Pride, a historically Black church hosts its annual interfaith service

I care greatly about the LGBTQ+ community. I was also raised in a Christian church.

This story, about the first Black church in Charlotte to host a Pride interfaith service, combined my passion for both.

I came away with insight into how the members of Saint Luke Baptist feel about their church being LGBTQ+ friendly.

QCity Metro was among the few news organizations to report on this important “first.” Now, when I read back on this article, I do so with a sense of accomplishment.

Two others I enjoyed:

Jalon’s favorite:

More than a game: The Aggie-Eagle Classic has history

I’m a proud graduate of North Carolina Central. But before I ever stepped foot on campus, I already knew the significance of the Aggie-Eagle Classic.

Last summer, when the Charlotte Sports Foundation brought the annual matchup to Bank of America Stadium, I wrote about that historic HBCU rivalry.

My goal was to educate those less familiar with the game, to show why it’s so important. But in the process, I learned some things myself, making me appreciate The Classic even more.

QCity Metro published a number of Aggie-Eagle stories, and I’m glad to have been a part of that coverage.

Two others I enjoyed:

Daija’s favorite:

Losing pieces of Black history stops with Archive CLT

On Aug. 27, Charlotte native Cheryse Terry opened Archive CLT, a West End coffee shop and bookstore. I was sent to cover that event.

I felt a connection to Terry and her story. As a Black woman, I get inspiration when I see others like me becoming entrepreneurs.

Attending the opening and experiencing the atmosphere gave me inspiration to pursue my own dreams.

Two others I enjoyed writing:

Glenn’s favorite:

Explore the wildlife, outdoors and new nature center at Grandfather Mountain

Any day that gets me out in nature has the potential to be a great day.

Last summer, I took my first trip to Grandfather Mountain, which is a QCity Metro client and paid for a sponsored article.

I’d heard about the mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge and wondered whether I’d muster the courage to cross.

It was a fun day all around — the trees, the animals, the breathtaking scenery. And to top it off, I learned some interesting facts about the mountain’s geological history.

Two others I enjoyed:

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