Who we are
The Assembly is a digital magazine about the people, institutions, and ideas that shape North Carolina. Founded in 2021, we feature interesting, deeply reported, nuanced stories about our state.
We’re telling big stories and giving our journalists space to be ambitious. We want everything published at The Assembly to surprise, inform, and leave you with a better understanding than when you started.
People & Place
What the story of North Carolina’s Lumbee reveals about race, identity, and who does—and does not—count as “Native.”
Four decades after committing to a dense, towering downtown, Charlotte has a lot of lessons to offer Raleigh.
Michael Banner is teaching his Winston-Salem neighbors to grow their own food.
Fine dining has long been the stuff of cities. But more chefs are transforming the food scene in small towns.
The Greensboro HBCU left its longtime sports conference in a quest to raise its profile. Some alums wonder whether it’s lost part of its identity.
After years of acrimonious debate, the United Methodist Church has started to rupture. One church—with members ranging from ‘flaming progressive to dang near fundamentalist’—tries to reconcile an increasingly unavoidable divide.