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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5:02 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Eat Local? Try Locally-Processed Food

A feast of foods (and antacid!) processed in the Charlotte region.
Julie Rose

To "eat local" typically means dining on fresh produce, meat and dairy from nearby farms. But WFAE's Julie Rose discovered another way to "eat local" that is a thriving industry in the Charlotte region.

The Charlotte Regional Partnership estimates there are more than 200 companies processing food locally with some 15,000 employees and $5 billion in yearly sales.

Let's dine on the fruits of their labor.

First to the meat counter. Perdue and Tyson have huge poultry processing plants in our region.

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WFAEats
8:00 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Eating Locally... Processed Food

Julie's locally-processed food feast.
Credit Julie Rose

Julie Rose reflects on the story behind her investigation of the foods processed in Charlotte. Read her full story here.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Belk Boosting HQ Headcount 10%

Belk is boosting employment at its Charlotte headquarters by about 10 percent thanks to the popularity of online shopping. 

The 150 jobs Belk plans to add at its corporate headquarters are "management-level" and focused mainly on e-commerce, says spokeswoman Jessica Graham.

"Our online site, Belk.com has been growing tremendously - it's the fastest growing area of our business right now," says Graham.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

SC Senator DeMint Resigns To Run Conservative Think Tank

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is stepping down in January to become president of The Heritage Foundation.

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint has announced he's leaving the Senate in January to become president of The Heritage Foundation – a conservative think tank. In a statement, DeMint says he's leaving the Senate but - quote - "not leaving the fight." 

South Carolina Republicans knew Senator DeMint planned to retire after his second term in 2016, but they hoped to have him until then.

"Senator DeMint's been a rock star for us," says South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly. "He's become an icon for the conservative movement nationwide." 

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Local News
5:13 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

SC Should Centralize Security To Avoid Further Hacks

At the moment, all 18 South Carolina state agencies have their own chief information officers responsible for keeping the data doors locked against bad guys. But these CIOs are far from confident.

One told the inspector general "what scares me is what I don't know." Another said South Carolina's statewide information security ranks two out of five "on a good day."

None of this is a surprise to Charlotte attorney and security consultant Chris Swecker.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Duke Settlement Restores 'Merger Of Equals'

Today, NC utility regulators will consider a settlement that boosts Progress Energy's influence in the merger with Duke.
Credit Duke Energy/Flickr

When North Carolina utility regulators meet Monday at 10 a.m., they're expected to approve a settlement that resolves their investigation into the sudden firing of Progress CEO Bill Johnson shortly after the company merged with Duke.

The settlement calls for Duke CEO Jim Rogers to resign by the end of next year. Critics say the utilities commission is wasting time on personality clashes and power struggles surrounding Duke's leadership switch at the expense of more substantive aspects of the merger that might impact customers. 

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Local News
7:49 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Duke CEO To Retire In Settlement With Regulators

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will retire by the end of 2013.

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will step down sometime next year as part of a settlement announced late yesterday that would resolve an investigation of the company's merger with Progress Energy. Angry North Carolina utility regulators launched the investigation when Duke's  board abruptly fired the man they'd promised would lead the merged company - Progress CEO Bill Johnson.

WFAE's Julie Rose joined Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen to sort through the settlement.

MCFADYEN: So Julie, is Duke admitting it was wrong to fire Johnson like that and keep Rogers on as CEO?

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Local News
6:01 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Smaller ReVenture Plan Moves Forward

Tom McKittrick is the developer of ReVenture Park.

The developer whose plan to turn Charlotte trash into electricity was squashed by public opposition last year, has now received a permit for a much smaller power plant that will run on sawdust. 

Tom McKittrick's original vision at a contaminated industrial site on the Catawba River was an 80 megawatt plant powered by household garbage.

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Local News
11:39 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

MeckCo To Reappraise Properties; Commission Undecided On Refunds

Angry citizens packed community meetings for more than a year complaining of unfair property revaluations. Mecklenburg County will now re-appraise many neighborhoods and look into giving refunds.

The Mecklenburg County Commission stopped short of ordering a complete re-do of the 2011 Property Tax Revaluation, but they took enough steps to satisfy some critics – for now. 

The immediate winner in all of this is Pearson's Appraisal Service. The firm was hired by the county to do a $250,000 four-month review of the 2011 Revaluation. Now it's been tasked with fixing the problems it found – which will likely take another year and earn the firm several times its original fee.

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Local News
11:12 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Council Seeks To Settle Streetcar Debate Monday

Budget debates don't typically get underway for the city of Charlotte until May – but the council has spent the last several months getting a head-start on deliberations.

Monday will be the last of three special sessions organized by Mayor Anthony Foxx to find consensus on a pet project - streetcar through Uptown Charlotte.

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