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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A federal grand jury has indicted a former Hickory Police Department sergeant on charges of excessive force and obstruction of justice, according to a statement released Monday by the United States Department of Justice.

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New findings released Monday by the National Education Association showed an improvement in teacher pay and per-pupil spending in North Carolina last year. Despite the improvement, the state remains well behind the national average in these two areas. 

Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred in east Charlotte on Friday. Eskinder Dawit Asefaw, 26, died at Carolinas Medical Center Saturday morning from gunshot wounds, CMPD said in a statement. His family has been notified of his death.

WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins celebrated 20 years on air Friday, April 20. This interactive timeline highlights some of the show's top moments. 

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Curious about how Mike Collins has aged over the past 20 years? Scroll down to see photos of the Charlotte Talks host since the beginning of the show.

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that his new budget will recommend $130 million for school security and youth mental health resources.

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The Charlotte Observer’s president and publisher Ann Caulkins is stepping down after 12 years, the newspaper announced Wednesday. She will be succeeded by Georgia publisher Rodney Mahone.

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Early voting for the 2018 North Carolina primary elections will begin on April 19.

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A Charlotte man has been charged Wednesday with several counts of illicit drug trafficking.

According to CMPD, police seized nearly $146,000 worth of various types of marijuana, meth and prescription drugs from Refugio Najir Gutierrez Espinoza, 37. Police said they also seized high-powered firearms and protective gear from Espinoza. 

A federal judge sentenced a Charlotte man to life in prison for murder during an armed robbery in 2009, U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced Tuesday.

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