About Us

At QCity Metro, our mission is to provide news, information and commentary from a Black perspective.

Founded in 2008, QCity Metro is one of the nation’s first digital-only news organizations built to serve a local, Black audience. Today, our online presence includes our website, newsletters and social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Our Team

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Glenn H. Burkins

Founder & Publisher

Before launching QCity Metro, Glenn was business editor and later deputy managing editor for news at The Charlotte Observer. He’s been a reporter at newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times and Los Angeles Times. Email gburkins@qcitymetro.com.

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Jalon Hill


Jalon joined QCity Metro in 2021 as a general assignment reporter. He grew up in Rocky Mount, N.C, and is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. He enjoys sports. jalon@qcitymetro.com

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Bethany Lane

Revenue Strategist

Bethany works to expand QCity Metro’s revenue streams by helping our advertisers creatively engage with our unique audience. Before joining the team in June 2020, Bethany graduated from UNC Chapel Hill where she majored in Advertising and worked for the school newspaper as an account executive. Reach out to her with advertising inquiries at  bethanylane@qcitymetro.com


Katrina Louis

Senior Writer

Katrina covers Charlotte’s Black business scene and highlights love stories through QCity Metro’s couple-preneurs and QCity Brides series. She spent the majority of her career in public relations before joining QCity Metro in 2018. She earned a public relations degree from the University of Florida. Email her story ideas at katrinalouis@qcitymetro.com.

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Davia Pugh


Davia Pugh is a rising senior at the University of South Carolina, majoring in advertising. She grew up in Charlotte and is spending her summer with QCity Metro writing social media posts, analyzing data, working to grow our newsletter audience and working as an in-house advocate for our advertisers. Her goal is to become a creative director for an advertising agency. 

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Rose Sall


Rose Sall is a senior at Queens University of Charlotte, majoring in human services and minoring in peace studies and conflict resolution. She is spending her summer with QCity Metro helping to organize and grow our Black Business Directory and our Black on the Map project. After graduation, she wants to join a nonprofit organization focused on mental illness in the United States military.


Sarafina Wright

Historic West End Reporter

Sarafina covers Historic West End under a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She previously worked as a producer for radio station WFAE (90.7 FM). She also was editor of the WI Bridge and staff writer for the Washington Informer in Washington, DC. She earned a journalism degree from Howard University. Email her news tips at sarafinawright@qcitymetro.com or connect with her socially @sarafinasaid or at sarafinasaid.com.