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
9:27 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Counties Poised To Weigh-In On Charlotte Airport Controversy

Senate Bill 81 would transfer control of the Charlotte Airport to a regional board, including appointees of five counties that border Mecklenburg. Two of them - Gaston and Union Counties - are considering resolutions of support for the legislation.
Credit Julie Rose

The five counties bordering Mecklenburg would suddenly have a voice in Charlotte Airport management if Senate Bill 81 passes. That's the measure sponsored by Matthews Senator Bob Rucho to pry the airport from Charlotte's grasp and place it in the hands of a 13-member regional board.

To date, none of the counties included on that board have taken a clear stance on the move, but that may soon change.

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Local News
12:58 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

NC Treasurer Urges Caution On Airport Authority Bill

a US Airways jet lands at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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"Proceed cautiously" is the North Carolina treasurer's advice to lawmakers trying to place control of the Charlotte airport in the hands of a regional authority.

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Local News
4:33 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Charlotte Businessman Pleads Guilty To Immigration Fraud Scheme

A Charlotte resident pleaded guilty in federal court this week to running an immigration scheme that parlayed hundreds of temporary work visas into profits of $13.2 million. 

This fraud is textbook in a lot of ways, says Deputy Special Agent in Charge Ryan Spradlin of Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta, because "it fell within the technology sector. That seems to be more of a common H-1B visa concern for us."

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Local News
9:31 am
Fri March 22, 2013

US Airways CEO: 'We're Very Concerned' About Charlotte Airport

US Airways CEO Doug Parker speaking to media at the airline's training center in Charlotte on Thursday morning.
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"Agnostic" is how one US Airways executive described the company's stance on whether the Charlotte airport should be overseen by the city or placed in the hands of a regional authority.  US Airways CEO Doug Parker carried that same tune while in town Thursday, but also made it clear the airline doesn't want a backseat entirely. 


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Local News
1:35 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

US Airways CEO Comes To Charlotte To 'Celebrate' Merger

US Airways CEO Doug Parker visited the airline's training facility in Charlotte on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to tout a proposed merger with American Airlines.
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On Thursday, US Airways CEO Doug Parker paid his first visit to Charlotte since the company announced plans to merge with American Airlines. 


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Local News
9:19 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Charlotte City Council Still Stalled Over Streetcar

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx reacts during a discussion about funding the streetcar on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
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After nearly a year of deliberations, the Charlotte City Council met Wednesday to outline a compromise plan for raising property taxes to fund capital improvement projects.  But they're still hung up over the sticking point that derailed the nearly $1 billion program last year:  the streetcar.

It really does feel like déjà vu. Even members of the city council have lost count of the special meetings they've held trying to work out their differences on whether to raise property taxes for a billion dollars worth of infrastructure and economic development projects.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Are Lottery Ads 'Bloated And Annoying' Or Essential?

An outside audit lauds the North Carolina Education Lottery for keeping costs down and boosting profits every year since 2007. But that may not be enough to ward off new restrictions state lawmakers have in mind for the lottery. 

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Local News
4:51 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

US Airways, American Merger: A Monopoly Or Not?

US Airways CEO Doug Parker will be in Charlotte this week touting a proposed merger with American Airlines. He'll meet with US Airways employees and members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

The CEOs of American Airlines and US Airways defended their proposed merger Tuesday before a congressional anti-trust panel. Framing the creation of the world's largest airline as anything other than a monopolistic move requires careful wordsmithing.

To follow the argument from American Airlines CEO Tom Horton, you need to put aside conventional wisdom that having fewer companies in a marketplace leads to anti-competitive behavior.   

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Local And State Elections
4:35 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Embattled Internet Sweeps Exec Is Top Donor to NC Pols

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The single largest donor to candidates for North Carolina's General Assembly in 2012 turns out to be a video gambling software executive who now faces racketeering charges in Florida. New data compiled by the nonprofit Democracy North Carolina shows Chase Burns donated more than $230,000 to Governor Pat McCrory, candidates for state legislature and the North Carolina Republican Party. 


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Local News
3:18 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Security Shift Feeds Tension Between City/Airport

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The current debate over creating a regional authority to oversee the Charlotte airport has made for frosty relations between city officials, who oppose the move,  and Aviation Director Jerry Orr, who is for it.

But internal emails show things have been tense for some time. WFAE's Julie Rose has gone through some 400 pages of emails and documents related to the city manager's decision last year to put CMPD in charge of airport security. She spoke with Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen:

MCFADYEN: How was security (at the airport) being handled before that decision?

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