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
9:29 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Behind-The-Scenes Details Emerge Of Police Work During DNC

CMPD Deputy Chief Harold Medlock monitors operations in Uptown Charlotte during the DNC
Julie Rose

Some behind-the-scenes details of police operations during the Democratic National Convention are coming to light. 

The $50 million federal grant Charlotte got for DNC security included a requirement that outside consultants monitor CMPD's efforts and prepare a report. Deputy Chief Harold Medlock says the report praises CMPD's coordination and communication with protest groups, including Chief Rodney Monroe's constant presence on the street during demonstrations. 

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Local News
9:26 am
Tue January 29, 2013

DNC Meant $163M For Charlotte-Area Economy

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Tourism Economics consultant Adam Sacks, CRVA CEO Tom Murray and Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan discuss the results of an economic impact study of the DNC in Charlotte.
Credit Julie Rose

An outside study released Monday says the Democratic National Convention pumped $163 million into the Charlotte-area economy – making it the largest tourism event the city's ever held. WFAE's Julie Rose has this analysis of the study.

$163 million is on the low end of the original estimate city officials gave for what the DNC might mean to the Charlotte economy. That's what stands about this economic impact study – typically they're criticized for being way too rosy.

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Local News
7:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

DNC An Economic Boon Or Bust? Answer Comes Today

Local and DNCC officials at one of many press conferences during the planning stages of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Original estimates placed the economic impact of the DNC in Charlotte between $150 million and $200 million.  We'll know today if it came close. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

Charlotte tourism officials have been known to over blow predictions of economic impact for various conventions, so they hired an outside firm to come up with a credible number for the DNC. 

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Local News
9:37 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Charlotte Airport Leads Nation In Expedited TSA Screening

TSA Administrator John Pistole in Charlotte on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Credit Julie Rose

The Transportation Security Administration has long been criticized for reacting to threats, rather than proactively preventing them: Someone tries sneak a liquid bomb onto a plane, so TSA limits the amount of liquid travelers can carry on.  A guy disguises a bomb in his underwear so TSA installs bodyscanners at airports.  But yesterday, the head of TSA was in Charlotte pitching a more targeted approach to airport screening. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

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Business
5:09 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Duke Duking It Out With Small Florida County Over Taxes

The tax value of Duke/Progress Energy's Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida is one point of contention between the company and Citrus County officials.
Credit Duke-energy.com

A small county on the Florida Gulf Coast is in a budget crisis because its largest taxpayer is refusing to pay up. Progress Energy Florida – which is now owned by Duke Energy – operates a coal and nuclear power plant complex that accounts for one-quarter of Citrus County's property tax revenues. But Duke Energy only paid half its tax bill last year and this week warned it'll do the same in 2013. WFAE's Julie Rose explains:

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Local News
5:08 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Tough Choices Ahead As Charlotte Nears End Of Annexation Road

Charlotte's boundary has expanded like ripples in a pond over time - through annexation.
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

Think about this for a moment - back in 1960, the entire city of Charlotte was just 35 square miles.  Today it's more than 300 square miles. That's a 700 percent expansion as one neighborhood after another got swallowed up through annexation.

But now, there's not much land left to annex and recent changes to state law will make future annexation much harder.  No big deal, right?  Many people think Charlotte's plenty big. What few realize is the role annexation has played in the city's budget and tax rates over the years. WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

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Local News
5:36 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Police Round Up Family In West Charlotte Drug Bust

Enderly Park is an historic neighborhood in West Charlotte where police broke up a family-run drug business this week.
Credit Historic Enderly Park Facebook page

Charlotte police and federal drug officials on Friday rounded up nine men and the matriarch of a family selling cocaine and marijuana in the Enderly Park neighborhood.  

Enderly Park is an old Charlotte neighborhood of small homes west of Uptown that's become rough over the years as original residents have passed away and their homes have gone up for rent. CMPD Lieutenant Blake Hollar says 70-year-old Mary Falls exploited that trend to move a bunch of relatives onto her block.

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Local And State Elections
6:30 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Sen. Hartsell Cooperating With State Campaign Finance Investigation

State Senator Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus)
Credit www.ncleg.net

Last weekend, a report in the Raleigh News and Observer caught our attention.  State Senator Fletcher Hartsell of Concord had apparently spent nearly $100,000 of his campaign money to pay personal credit card bills over the last two years.

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Local And State Elections
4:38 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

SC's Sanford Aims For Political Comeback

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford
Julie Rose

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is the latest fallen politician to attempt a comeback from the realm of late-night joke fodder.  He announced today he'll seek the 1st District Congressional seat vacated by Republican Tim Scott who was chosen to replace recently-retired Senator Jim DeMint. WFAE's Julie Rose has the story.

Mark Sanford sort of always kept the door open to this day.

During an exit interview as Sanford was leaving the Governor's office two years ago, I asked if he'd considered that maybe his political career wasn't over?

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Local News
3:47 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Eugenics Compensation Facing Early Legislative Hurdles

NC Eugenics Victim Elaine Riddick reacts to a legislative hearing on compensation for victims in 2012.
Julie Rose

An effort to compensate living victims of North Carolina's now-defunct eugenics program is facing early opposition as lawmakers prepare to meet. Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger Wednesday said he doesn't support the plan as it was proposed last year and hasn't brought it up with his Republican colleagues. 

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