The 28-year-old media startup connoisseur grew up in Cary, North Carolina, before attending UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. He moved to Charlotte in 2009 to work for The Charlotte Observer. In early May, he transitioned to CharlotteFive.
Take it away, Corey:
(1) What brought you here?
Work brought me to Charlotte. I graduated in 2009 with a degree in journalism. Then I got a job working for the Observer, covering high school sports for the communities section.
(2) What made you stay?
That’s a really good question, actually. I guess work and family things and my wife — my wife’s from here. It made sense for us to stay here. I had a good job with a good newspaper, and I had no intention of leaving that.
Plus, I really grew to like the city. I enjoyed living in Charlotte, I enjoyed the people and things to do, and all that it offers: arts and sports and beer. It’s an exciting city, and it’s still close to family. Only place I’d move is to a bigger city but that would be farther away from family.
— Corey Inscoe (@CoreyInscoe) May 30, 2015
(3) What was your first impression of Charlotte?
I really didn’t like it at first. I felt like it was a city that didn’t really have an identity or a personality. The area I moved into was a lot of strip malls and chain restaurants. …
But that changed over time. There’s been a huge movement for Charlotte, with young people trying to change the city. Charlotte’s so big and spread out — it took me a long time to figure out, “Oh, NoDa is where you can go to for the art scene,” etc.
Once I found the parts of the city that had personality I was looking for, that’s when I started to love it.
(4) What’s your favorite aspect of Charlotte culture?
If we’re being honest, I’d say the breweries. [My wife and I] don’t go to bars or clubs; we go to hang out at a brewery. I think it’s because there’s this “do it yourself,” entrepreneurial spirit. People have decided to create their own thing, make their own mark. I also just really like beer.
— Corey Inscoe (@CoreyInscoe) July 31, 2015
(5) Why would you (or wouldn’t you) recommend Charlotte to friends?
I would. I think the city has a lot going for it. It’s so young, and it’s so new. There’s this movement of young people that are excited about the city and excited about doing big things here and shaping the way it grows.
And it’s a good-size city — it’s not too big, not too small. You can feel like you’re city living and live uptown without a car or you can live out towards Matthews with a house and a yard, but not feel like you’re too far from the city.
(6) What’s next for you?
I’ve never been good at planning ahead. As far as staying in Charlotte, I have no plans to leave. I want to be here and be a part of it as it continues to grow and change.
(7) Describe Charlotte in one word.
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