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
10:46 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Remembering William Larry Major, AKA 'Chilly Willy'

Moore Place director Caroline Chambre and William Larry Major, the day he moved in.
Moore Place

On a busy stretch of 7th Street in the Elizabeth neighborhood Thursday night, William Larry Major stepped into the road, was struck by a car and died.

Almost instantly, Charlotte Facebook and Twitter accounts were awash in messages honoring the man known to many as "Chilly Willy."

A quick search on YouTube yields a taste of the fondness Chilly Willy inspired in people: wild-haired and tattooed, breaking into song, as he engaged people on street corners.

"These walls and bars are surrounding me! Chilly Willy wants to be free!," he sings in one clip.

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DNC 2012
6:02 am
Thu October 18, 2012

DNC Fundraisers Came Up $12.5M Short

Bobcats EVP Bill Duffy hands TWC Arena keys to DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. Photo: Julie Rose

The Charlotte host committee of the DNC has revealed it came up $12.5 million short of its fundraising goal for the convention and was forced to tap a line of credit guaranteed by Duke Energy. 

WFAE's Julie Rose has been pouring through documents filed with the Federal Election Commission late last night and joins All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey to share some analysis.

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Local News
5:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Too Much "Cheese" In A Mug Shot Could Get You Lockdown

Say Cheese? A sampling of smiling mug shots posted to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s website during the last three weeks.

Mug shots. We love them, don't we? Tell me you haven't gawked with glee at the unflattering police candid of a Hollywood starlet or fallen politician. Newspapers have whole sections of their websites dedicated to mug shots these days.

But mugging too much for a mug shot in Mecklenburg County can get you locked in a cell indefinitely.

I guess the first question is why someone would smile in a mug shot to begin with?

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Local News
12:03 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Light Rail To UNC Charlotte Gets $580 Million Federal Boost

Charlotte Mayor Foxx and FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff shake hands after signing a "Full Funding Grant Agreement" for the Blue Line Extension.
Julie Rose

Charlotte officials say this gift from the Federal Transit Administration is the single largest federal grant the city's ever received: $580 million.

FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff traveled from D.C. to bring news of what city leaders have expected for several months now.

That hasn't always been the case, though.

"This project was on life support back in 2009," says Mayor Anthony Foxx.

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Business
6:26 am
Mon October 15, 2012

BofA Gets Praise From Housing Counselors

Bank of America's Customer Assistance Center in Northeast Charlotte opened in October 2011.
Julie Rose

When Bank of America announces quarterly earnings this week, foreclosures and defaulting loans will once again be a key part of the equation.

The Charlotte bank has spent four years wading through a sea of troubled mortgages it took on with the 2008 acquisition of Countrywide. Along the way it's become a favorite target of vitriol - often landing on lists of "most hated institutions" in America. 

But recently, WFAE's Julie Rose discovered some of the people on the front lines of the foreclosure crisis are softening toward Bank of America. 

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Business
9:22 am
Thu October 11, 2012

New Top Banana Meets Chiquita Employees - And Charlotte

New Chiquita CEO Ed Lonergan
Julie Rose

The new CEO charged with restoring Chiquita's profits is on the job now and busy introducing himself to the company's 20,000 employees.

Just before speaking with WFAE, he met with an auditorium full of Chiquita employees clad in blue and yellow shirts. Lonergan was impressed.

"That's a really interesting thing for me, because I came here because I have passion for the legacy of this brand and the future potential that it has," says Lonergan. "I also came here because every person I met wears that passion on their sleeve, literally."

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Election 2012
9:12 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Candidate Who? New Source For Info On NC Judicial Candidates

Mecklenburg County Courthouse
nccourts.org

The airwaves - and your mailbox - may be full of campaign messages for U.S. president or North Carolina governor, but further down the ballot you'll be expected to choose judges next month, too. 

Trouble is, you're not likely to find much if you search for information about those candidates online. They often don't have much money to spend campaigning, so even a Facebook page for the candidate can be hard to find.

"It's not easy!" admits Nancy Roberson, executive director of the Mecklenburg County Bar. "We had the same dilemma."

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Local News
1:45 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

"Occupy" Protesters Again Test City Ban On Camping

A small contingent of Occupy Charlotte protesters returned to the lawn of Old City Hall yesterday to commemorate the one year anniversary of their encampment. The city council banned camping on public property in January and evicted Occupiers who'd been living on the lawn for several months.

Last night about a dozen protesters set up two tents on the lawn as a symbol of their protest and were again evicted by police. Deborah Alexander was arrested.

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Local News
11:29 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Charlotte Has Affordable Housing Shortage Of 15,000 Units, Study Says

The recession and a trend toward gentrification in Charlotte have caused a shortage of rental housing that's affordable to low-income households. Meanwhile a new study commissioned by the city finds plenty of housing for middle-income earners.

The city of Charlotte only has so much money to spend building - or encouraging developers to build - affordable housing.

So the study released Monday gave Mayor Anthony Foxx some clarity: "From a bang for the buck standpoint, it looks like the 30% or below is where we get the bang for the buck."

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Local News
10:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Charlotte To Renew $200K Contract For D.C. Lobbyists

Photo Phiend via flickr

The City of Charlotte is set to renew its contract with D.C. lobbying firm Holland and Knight Holland and Knight for $210,000 a year. The firm is credited with helping the city get more than $290 million in federal funds in recent years.

One of the big wins for Holland and Knight was the $50 million federal grant Charlotte got for security during the DNC. However, every convention host city since 2004 has received the same amount of money. 

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