Jessa O'Connor

Assistant Digital News Editor

Jessa O’Connor is the Assistant Digital News Editor and Sunday reporter for WFAE. She joined the team in 2018 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism and worked for her college radio news station. Jessa won national awards for her college news coverage, including “First Place in Radio” from the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and “Best Radio News Reporting” from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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The owner of the party bus that a UNCC student fell out of last week and died when she was struck by two cars is facing over $2,000 in fines after being assessed with multiple vehicle violations, according to a report released by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Wednesday.

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Challenger Mark Harris defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger by a margin of 814 votes.


Iredell-Statesville Schools is joining CMS and other school districts in the decision to make May 16 an optional teacher workday, the district said in a statement. Schools are closing in anticipation for teacher protests that will occur in Raleigh the same day.

CMPD has charged a 16-year-old male with the murder of a man in north Charlotte that occurred Monday afternoon near Beatties Ford Road. 

CMPD is investigating a homicide that took place in the Beatties Ford area of north Charlotte Monday afternoon.


CMPD has issued citations to the owner of a party bus company after a UNC Charlotte student fell out of one of his bus's emergency windows last week and was killed when she was struck by two cars.

An employee died after falling into an open tank at an AkzoNobel chemical plant in Salisbury early Saturday morning.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

CMPD said officers arrested a woman who refused to roll down her windows and exit her vehicle during a traffic stop in east Charlotte Friday night. Charlotte NAACP said in a statement to Spectrum News that it was a case of CMPD officers “escalating harassment” and “disrespect.”

Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Jane Whitley, left, and Mecklenburg Republican Chair Chris Turner.
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Party leaders in Mecklenburg County aren’t concerned about how polarizing national figures may affect party loyalty come the May 8th primaries.

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On May 19th, the British people will welcome a new princess into the royal family. The ceremony, which has a guest count of about 600 people, is set to take place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green will be conducting the ceremony orchestra.