Category: Profiles

Assad Meymandi: Polymath, humanist, philanthropist

by Liza Roberts photographs by Jillian Clark On a sunny afternoon in early December, Assad Meymandi hurried in to the Raleigh concert hall that bears his name. As seats began to fill for the North Carolina Symphony’s matinee performance of Baroque Christmas…

Building luxury

Training ground: Raleigh by Jessie Ammons photographs by Justin Cook In one of N.C. State’s sleek Centennial Campus buildings, 42 graduate students study a pyramid graphic on a screen in front of them. The pyramid illustrates the upper echelon of the world’s…

The evolution of Ashley Christensen

by Liza Roberts photographs by Nick Pironio It’s early-morning dark when Juan Esparza arrives at the former Fishers Bakery on the edge of Mordecai. In a couple of hours, the sprawling kitchens he manages there will bustle with nearly two…

Hoops country

How a group of dreamers, schemers, and other North Carolinians gave birth to modern basketball by Scott Ellsworth North Carolinians possess an embarrassment of basketball riches. We are a land that can lay claim to Dean Smith and Jim Valvano, David…

Shavlik Randolph

Resilience, determination, staying power by Settle Monroe photographs by Justin Cook When 6-foot-10-inch, 240-pound Shavlik Randolph lumbers into a Raleigh Starbucks, all eyes in the cafe look up. And up. And up. Standing customers step aside to make room for…

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