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
2:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Charlotte Offers Compromise Tax For Panthers, Amateur Sports

The Carolina Panthers have asked Charlotte to contribute about $144 million to a renovation plan for Bank of America Stadium that will cost as much as $300 million.
Credit Flickr/Suzie T

 Charlotte is up to bat again in Raleigh tomorrow on its other big legislative battle – this one to get approval for a tax hike that would help renovate Bank of America Stadium. Lawmakers balked at the city's initial request to double the local restaurant tax for a period of 30 years.  Now the city is offering a compromise.

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Local News
9:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Airport Authority Bill Moves Forward

A bill to place the Charlotte Airport under control of a regional authority surmounted a major hurdle Tuesday afternoon - state senators voted 33 to 16 in its favor. WFAE's Julie Rose spoke with All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey about the progress of the measure.

RUMSEY: Julie, this bill is moving fairly quickly – despite pleas from Charlotte's mayor, city council and even Governor McCrory himself to slow down. What's driving this?

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Local News
2:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

City Selects Finalists To Revive Eastland Mall

Charlotte Development and Investment Manager Peter Zeiler (l) gives interested parties a tour of the vacant Eastland Mall in January.
Credit Julie Rose

The City of Charlotte has identified three finalists to breathe life into the now-vacant Eastland Mall and surrounding area.  

The Eastland Mall will not become a doll factory or a multi-generational healthy living community. Those are two of four proposals the city rejected in the first stage of selecting a suitor to remake the 80-acre site on Central Avenue in east Charlotte. But it's still not entirely clear what all three finalists to develop the property have in mind.

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Local News
11:33 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Want To Hear Property Tax Appeals For Little Pay? Time To Apply Is Now

Mecklenburg County residents protest the property tax revaluation at an August 2012.

Mecklenburg County is trying to fill 15 seats on the Board of Equalization and Review. That's the group responsible for hearing property tax appeals. It's a job that comes with a lot of criticism – particularly this last year as the board was inundated with appeals to the flawed 2011 revaluation. So why would anyone want the job? 

First off, the hours can be a bear.

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Local News
5:29 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Airport Advisory Committee In The Dark About 'Authority' Debate

The Airport Advisory Committee at its monthly meeting, February 2013.
Credit Julie Rose

A bill to place the Charlotte Airport under the control of a regional authority – rather than the city of Charlotte – has been delayed another week so lawmakers can gather more information on its potential impact. On Tuesday, the airport's own advisory committee acknowledged it, too, is in the dark about what such a change might mean. 

Once a month 11 volunteers appointed by the mayor and city council meet to basically rubber stamp Aviation Director Jerry Orr's spending plans. Orr's real bosses are the city manager and council.

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Local News
4:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Philosophy Behind Charlotte Airport's Success

US Airways operates nearly 90 percent of the daily flights at CLT.
Julie Rose

One claim keeps coming up in the debate over transferring control of the Charlotte airport to a regional authority and the speculation over what a merger between American and US Airways will mean for Charlotte.  That claim is that Charlotte is the cheapest place for airlines to do business. WFAE wondered whether that's true and why it matters.

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Local News
5:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Gov McCrory Keeps Arms-Length From Charlotte Airport, Panthers Stadium Debates

Governor Pat McCrory is keeping his distance from the high-stakes battles Charlotte is engaged in over the future of the Airport and Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte City leaders are engaged in high-stakes battles in Raleigh over the future of the Panthers and the airport.  But Governor Pat McCrory – who was the city's longest-serving mayor – has said very little about either issue. 

The airport is one of Charlotte's most important assets in attracting new companies and jobs. Governor Pat McCrory says when he was just "Mayor Pat" he supported having the airport as a city department. So why is he not going to bat for the city as a bill speeds through the legislature that would put the airport in control of a regional authority?

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Local News
4:35 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Areva To Add 130 Jobs, Make Charlotte Its North American HQ

Governor Pat McCrory, Areva CEO Michael Rencheck and Mecklenburg County Commission Chairwoman Pat Cotham celebrate Areva's decision to make Charlotte its North American Headquarters.
Credit Julie Rose

Nuclear company Areva is moving its North American headquarters to the University area in Charlotte, where it already has more than 500 employees. The company plans to add another 130 jobs – mostly in engineering.

Areva CEO Michael Rencheck says Charlotte won out over Bethesda, Maryland and Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Local News
12:30 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Careful What You Wish For? Bill Provides Refunds - And Back Taxes - For Reval Errors

Mecklenburg County residents who've paid too much property tax these last few years because of the botched 2011 revaluation will get refunds . . . eventually. But legislation unveiled today to fix the problems also would result in a bill for back taxes for property that was undervalued.

Cornelius homeowner Bob Deaton expects to get a refund. He and his neighbors were the first to organize against the 2011 Mecklenburg County property revaluation as soon as they got their new tax bills two years ago.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Plan For Charlotte Airport Authority Moves Forward

Credit Ken Lund / flickr

A bill to hand control of the Charlotte Airport over to a regional authority passed the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate for approval. The move comes over the objection of Charlotte city leaders and several Mecklenburg County lawmakers. 

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