State Judge Alison Lee leaves the General Assembly area after being defeated for a Court of Appeals post Wednesday.
State Judge Alison Lee leaves the General Assembly area after being defeated for a Court of Appeals post Wednesday. jmonk@thestate.com John Monk
State Judge Alison Lee leaves the General Assembly area after being defeated for a Court of Appeals post Wednesday. jmonk@thestate.com John Monk

John Monk has covered courts, crime, politics, public corruption, the environment and other issues in the Carolinas for more than 40 years. A U.S. Army veteran who covered the 1989 American invasion of Panama, Monk is a former Washington correspondent for The Charlotte Observer. He backpacks, swims and plays piano - but not at the same time.