Julie Rose

Reporter

Julie Rose is a freelance reporter based in Provo, Utah. Before returning to her native Utah in 2013, Julie spent nearly six years reporting for NPR member station WFAE in Charlotte, NC.  There, she covered everything from political scandal and bank bailouts to homelessness and the arts.  She's a two-time winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for radio writing. Prior to WFAE, Julie reported for KCPW in Salt Lake City where she got her start in radio.  Before that, she was a nonprofit fundraiser and a public relations manager in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It took a few career changes, but Julie finally found her calling in public radio reporting because she gets paid to do what she does best – be nosy. She's a graduate of the communications program at Brigham Young University and has been a frequent contributor to NPR programs. 

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Local News
7:19 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Internal Documents Show CMPD's Tisdale Report Sparked Airport Rift

Delvonte Tisdale

  At first blush, there’s a lot about the power struggle over Charlotte’s airport that makes no sense. After all, both sides in the debate agree the airport has done extraordinarily well under the city’s control. So what’s happened?

A mysterious death, for one.

And WFAE has reviewed internal airport documents that cast doubt over much of what we thought we knew about that incident.


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Local News
10:01 am
Tue May 14, 2013

CMPD Expands Gunshot Detection System

Charlotte police are rapidly expanding their use of technology to detect and locate gunshots in real-time.

The "ShotSpotter" system debuted in Uptown Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention and was expanded to the Grier Heights community in March. It uses a system of microphones to detect gunfire and notify police.

On Monday night, the Charlotte City Council approved $140,000 to extend CMPD's contract with ShotSpotter in the Central District and install it in another neighborhood struggling with violent crime: Albemarle Road and Farm Pond Road.  

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Local News
9:58 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Carlee Is The Streetcar's New Champion

This is a similar vehicle to the proposed Charlotte streetcar.
Credit City of Charlotte

The future of the streetcar in Charlotte depends on the city's ability to get more federal funding, says City Manager Ron Carlee. To be precise, Carlee proposes Charlotte pursue a grant for half the $126 million price tag to undertake the next 2.5 mile stretch of streetcar extending to the east and west of Uptown. 

The city council's reaction to the proposal was tepid.


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Local News
5:44 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Carlee To Recommend Streetcar Plan

Tonight, City Manager Ron Carlee will propose a new funding plan to extend the streetcar already underway in Uptown Charlotte.
Credit File Photo / Charlotte Observer

  Once again, the Charlotte City Council is talking streetcars. It's a topic that has dominated even those meetings when it wasn't on the council's agenda.  Monday night it actually is.


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Local News
8:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Charlotte Sees Boom In Chinese Businesses

Members of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce celebrate with local officials in 2012.
Credit Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce

  Chinese business people from across the Carolinas will gather in Charlotte Saturday evening to celebrate the rapid growth of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce and crown an inaugural set of award recipients. 


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Local News
4:29 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

BofA Shareholders Get Folksy Welcome

Bank of America corporate buildings were barricaded on Wednesday morning in anticipation of protests at the annual shareholder's meeting in Charlotte.
Julie Rose WFAE

Bank of America shareholders gathered for their annual meeting in Uptown Charlotte Wednesday morning.

Four years after the financial crisis, these meetings have settled into a familiar routine:  a few dozen protesters wave signs outside while activist investors control the microphone inside.  Today was no different, but the meeting did have a different atmosphere.

For the second largest bank in the country, this annual meeting sure got off on a folksy foot.

"Good morning!" called Bank of America board Chairman Chad Holliday to the crowd of about 250. 

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Local News
3:38 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Alcoa, Stanly County Settle Long-Standing Dispute

Alcoa owns and operates four dams on the Yadkin River, including this one just below Badin Lake.
Credit Julie Rose

Alcoa has settled a long-standing dispute with a primary foe in its fight to maintain control of hydropower dams on the Yadkin River.  Stanly County Commissioners voted Monday night to drop their legal challenges against Alcoa, which was a major employer in the region until closing its aluminum smelter in 2002.  

 

Alcoa now makes a profit selling the electricity from those dams and Stanly County has long argued the public would be better served if those dams were under the state's control. 

 

All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey gets some analysis on the settlement from WFAE reporter  Julie Rose.

 


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Local News
5:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Panthers Get Special Access To Closed Council Meetings

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson thanks the Charlotte City Council for committing tax dollars to renovate the stadium at a final meeting approving the deal on April 22, 2013.
Julie Rose

Most of the Charlotte City Council's debate and deliberations about spending tax dollars on a renovation of Panthers' Stadium happened behind closed doors. That's pretty common when a city is hashing out economic incentives.  But this case stands out because the Panthers were given unprecedented access to the council's process.


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Local News
6:02 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Manager Carlee To Present First City Budget

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee speaks at a WFAE Public Conversation on April 25, 2013.
Grant Baldwin Photography

New city manager Ron Carlee makes his first big mark on Charlotte Monday night when he presents his 2014 budget and capital investment plan – or CIP - to city council.  But speaking at WFAE's recent public conversation, Carlee made clear this budget won't really be his own.

"I came in on the city council's last (bugdet) workshop, which meant that four days later the budget goes into production," explained Carlee. "So there's not going to be much of my stamp on this CIP – it will be very similar to what has been out there previously."

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Local News
9:17 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Airport Recycling Begins Pay Off

Charlotte airport trash is sorted by hand in a new recycling facility.
Julie Rose

The Charlotte airport made $185,000 recycling trash from travelers and fast food restaurants in the terminal during the last six months. 

That's a fraction of the nearly $2 million it cost to set up the new onsite recycling facility, but Aviation Director Jerry Orr expects the program to break even within five years. He adds that sorting and selling recyclable paper, plastic and aluminum isn't the only financial perk of the program.

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