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.

Ways to Connect

A teacher at the Howard Levine Child Development Center helps students make sound shakers.
Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

A Charlotte study that came out last year identified access to quality pre-kindergarten education as a key factor in making sure that children who are born into poverty have a chance of rising out of it in their lifetimes.

Office of Congressman Pittenger

Congressman Robert Pittenger has introduced legislation to defund sanctuary cities and use that money to fund the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

One man died and three others were injured in a shooting in Union County Sunday morning.

A man died in a house fire early Saturday morning in northwest Charlotte, fire officials said.

An employee of the District Attorney’s Office of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties has been suspended without pay following an unserved Felony Larceny warrant from 32 years ago, according to a statement released Thursday by District Attorney David Learner.

Michael Tomsic

An unnamed former Panthers employee spoke out about her allegations that owner Jerry Richardson sexually harassed her in an open letter published in Sports Illustrated Thursday.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Police have charged the former owner of a Charlotte educational summer camp and afterschool program with additional counts of indecent liberties with a child, following allegations that he sexually assaulted minors. 

National Weather Service

There is a flash flood warning in effect for most of Mecklenberg County and southwest Cabarrus County until 10 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm has also prompted a tornado warning in northwestern Montgomery County and east central Stanly County until 8 p.m. Monday. 

Equality NC

One of the state’s leading gay and transgender rights groups announced Tuesday that it will not endorse incumbents who are running for re-election in the General Assembly that voted in favor of legislation that only partially repealed the “bathroom bill.”

Charlotte Symphony

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in May, Charlotte Symphony-goers will recognize a familiar figure in the chapel. Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the wedding ceremony orchestra, Kensington Palace announced Tuesday.