Christopher WilliamsYouth Reporter
Born in Queens, Chris Williams grew up in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. As a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussmann School of Media and Journalism, Chris hopes to change tired narratives surrounding Black culture in American media. He is passionate about developing relationships and a sense of community wherever he goes, and he tries to encourage organic, productive conversation by meeting people where they are. Such work has led him to WUNC’s Youth Reporting Institute, as well as UNC’s Black Ink Magazine.
After a personal experience with stalking, youth reporter Chris Williams wondered how harmless interest can turn into an obsession. He spoke to a lawyer, a psychologist, and a self-identified stalker to explore where that line is and what brings people to cross it.
"Summer In Tha Carolinas" returned to N.C. State this year. Youth reporters Manzili Kokayi and Olivia Haynie caught some of the action as they interviewed guests and performers.
In 2020, a group of young people founded the Wake County Black Student Coalition. But two years later, organizers say it's harder to recruit and retain students to assemble around issues of social justice. WUNC youth reporter Christopher Williams highlights the challenges of leading a lasting movement.