Caitlin Dineen

Reporter, The Wilmington StarNews

Location icon United States of America

Hard news reporter who has worked nearly every beat in a newsroom. Whether it is responding to a fatal shooting at 3 a.m. or interviewing a business owner flourishing in a coastal market, Caitlin Dineen has been there.

Though a beat reporter, Dineen thinks bigger picture when it comes to newsroom operations. Each day is different from the view behind Dineen's keyboard, iPhone or camera lens.

Bacon Academy management company earns millions from schools

Two of the schools paid Roger Bacon Academy nearly $2.4 million in management fees and incentives for the 2013-14 school year, according to documents provided to the StarNews on June 20. The third school's $60,000 management fee was waived amid a state investigation into low enrollment.

Baker Mitchell companies benefit directly from Charter Day nonprofit he started

A StarNews analysis of documents provided by the Charter Day School Inc. shows that the nonprofit group owns very little, if any, of the land, buildings, furniture or equipment used by its three schools. Instead, the schools rent most of their material goods from founder Baker Mitchell's two for-profit companies - Roger Bacon Academy and Coastal Habitat Conservancy.

Floating church service newest offering of The Anchor

Some people attending the 9 a.m. church service at The Anchor know the words. Others mumble along to the beat of the music Hamlin, the music minister, plays. The sound of police sirens in the distance or the dog barking on a nearby balcony go unnoticed. Or, at the very least, unacknowledged.

Boiling Spring Lakes teen shot, killed by police officer

Family members of the 18-year-old Brunswick County resident shot and killed by a police officer Sunday said he was battling mental illness when he died. Mark Wilsey Sr. confirmed that his son, Keith Vidal, was killed by a police officer who responded to the family's Boiling Spring Lakes home Sunday afternoon.

Wilmington bar owner banking on Bitcoin

While people have been buying and selling Bitcoins for four or five years, a local Wilmington business is now getting in on the peer-to-peer, unregulated currency. "I figured it was an absolute no-brainer," said Todd Barber, who co-owns the Duck & Dive Pub on Dock Street in downtown Wilmington.

At 50, Blockade Runner Beach Resort still focal point

After three decades at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Mary Baggett has had her fair share of experiences at the Wrightsville Beach landmark. They include hurricanes that ripped out ceilings and shattered windows, comedian Jay Leno begging to do stand up, and the time parents booked rooms for high school graduates - but didn't tell the hotel staff.

Canine volunteer offers stress relief to passengers at ILM

Olive has only one job: let people pet her. The 6-year-old golden retriever is not particular about where. Strokes behind the ear, scratches under her chin and rubs on her belly were all welcomed Friday at Wilmington International Airport .