Julie Rose


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. 


Local News
5:04 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Mayor Said What About The Airport? Not What Rucho Says

State Senator Bob Rucho (R-Matthews, Mecklenburg County)
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Formal debate over the future control of Charlotte's airport begins in earnest Wednesday at a 1 p.m. hearing of the State Senate Finance Committee. Senator Bob Rucho of Matthews co-chairs that committee and is sponsoring the measure. Speaking on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Tuesday, Rucho argued a separate "airport authority" is the best way to keep Charlotte officials from drawing down airport coffers to pay for city services.

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5:38 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Insurance Industry Lab Creates Indoor Hailstorm

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 9:11 am



Bad weather can mean big losses for homeowners and insurance companies. So recently, the insurance industry built a laboratory in rural Richburg, South Carolina in hopes of developing more weather-resistant buildings. The latest experiment was a giant, indoor hailstorm.

Julie Rose of member station WFAE takes us inside.

JULIE ROSE, BYLINE: Tanya Brown has had a single obsession these past two years...

TANYA BROWN: I'm a research engineer and the lead engineer on this project.

ROSE: How to make hail.

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Local News
12:45 am
Fri February 22, 2013

New Outlet Mall On Fast-Track

Credit Tanger Factory Outlets

  The proposed outlet mall for southwest Charlotte is on a fast track to get city and county approval for tax breaks and land-use changes.  The county commission has already approved a gift to the developers of up to $6 million. The city council is poised to do the same. WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

Tanger Factory Outlets and Simon Property Group are in a hurry to start attracting those zealous shoppers who drive for hours to hit the outlet mall.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Hail Breaks Loose In Name Of Insurance Research

A full-size home and car await an onslaught of homemade hail inside the testing facility of the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety.
Julie Rose

Hail causes about $1 billion in damage to U.S. property and crops each year. Insurers would like to minimize those losses. That's where the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety comes in. On Wednesday morning, the Institute created a full-scale hailstorm inside its laboratory in Richburg, South Carolina – about an hour from Charlotte. WFAE's Julie Rose sent this report:  

Tanya Brown has had a single obsession these past two years: how to make hail.

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Around the Nation
4:09 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Cold War Bunker Network Repurposed For 21st Century Threats

WBT radio's bomb shelter in Charlotte, N.C., part of a government-funded emergency communications network, as it looked in 1963.
Courtesy of Jerry Dowd

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:42 pm

There's an underground bunker at a radio station in Charlotte, N.C., where time has stopped. Built decades ago to provide safety and vital communications in the event of a nuclear attack, it's now a perfectly preserved relic of Cold War fear that's gained new relevance.

The secret bunker is part of the office lore that old-timers at WBT Radio whisper to the newbies. That's how radio host Mike Collins learned of it back in the 1980s.

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Local News
5:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WBT Cold War Relic Gains New Relevance

A photo of WBT's bomb shelter as it looked in 1963.
Jerry Dowd/WBT

There's a bunker beneath WBT Radio's transmitter on Nations Ford Road in Charlotte where time has stopped. The shelter was built decades ago in the event of a nuclear attack. Today it's a perfectly-preserved relic of Cold War fear that's gained new relevance, as WFAE's Julie Rose reports.

The secret bunker is part of office lore WBT Radio old-timers whisper to the newbies. That's how radio host Mike Collins learned of it, working there in the 1980s – long before he moved to WFAE.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Outlet Mall Developers Seek Tax Incentives

Developers of a proposed outlet mall in southwest Charlotte want the city and county to pitch in up to $6 million for streets and utilities.  The request goes before the city council Monday night and will be in the Mecklenburg County Commission's hands Tuesday. WFAE's Julie Rose explains:

The city and county are increasingly being hit up by developers for what's called a "tax increment grant."

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Local News
9:13 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Charlotte Offers New Incentive To Build Affordable Housing

The affordable housing incentive will only apply to developments in more affluent neighborhoods (in green) that are also zoned for higher-density.
Credit City of Charlotte

City leaders believe Charlotte has a shortage of housing that's affordable to families making less than $54,000 a year. Monday night, the city council is expected to approve a new zoning ordinance aimed at changing that. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

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Local News
4:32 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

A Cautionary Airport Tale For Charlotte As US Airways/American Merge

A statue of Queen Charlotte, for whom the city was named, greets travelers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Credit wallygrom / Flickr

  Thursday's official news of a merger between US Airways and American Airlines brought a sigh of relief to Charlotte, which seems poised to maintain its prominence as a major hub. But WFAE's Julie Rose reports there's reason for some caution amid the optimism.

Adie Tomer of the Brookings Institution has one word for Charlotte – Cincinnati. It was a major hub for Delta back in 2008 when the airline merged with Northwest. Everyone was breathing a sigh of relief there, too, says Tomer.

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10:53 am
Thu February 14, 2013

How The US Airways Merger Will Affect Charlotte

Early indications are that Charlotte will remain a hub for air travel, with the merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways.
Credit USAirways.com

  The early indication is that Charlotte’s airport is safe in the just-announced merger of US Airways and American Airlines. The new American Airlines will be the world's largest, with a value of 11 billion dollars and an extensive network of destinations.

When merging, airlines combine operations, which means reducing duplicative routes and changing presences in airports. US Airways operates about 90 percent of flights in and out of Charlotte-Douglas every day—it is the airline’s largest hub.

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