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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DNC 2012
10:10 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Final March Of The DNC

Protesters march along Tryon Street on the last night of the DNC.
Julie Rose

Once - and sometimes even twice - a day during the Democratic National Convention, protesters with the Occupy movement marched through Uptown Charlotte, calling on both political parties to rid themselves of corporate money and influence.


As President Obama prepared to accept his party's nomination last night, they marched one final time. . .


They start in Marshall Park as they have each of the last three days. Police on bikes wait around the corner, out-of-sight, then swarm into view as soon as the protesters step into the street.

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DNC 2012
4:13 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Banks Get Off Easy During DNC

Securtiy fencing around BofA
Julie Rose

Charlotte's banks expected to be a major target for protests during the DNC, but they haven't been.


Six-foot high fencing went up Saturday night around Bank of America's high rise and Wells Fargo's main office too. An army of private security officers arrived around the same time to stand guard, silently.


"Unfortunately m'am, I can make no comment, nor can any of the officers," says one guard when asked about his role.


Nor are the banks saying whether they stepped up security on their own or were instructed to by law enforcement.

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DNC 2012
1:21 am
Thu September 6, 2012

DNC A Boon For CMPD

CMPD Chief Monroe waves from one of the new UTVs.
Julie Rose

The DNC has been a test of the Charlotte police department's abilities. But it's also been a lucrative opportunity to score some expensive equipment that will stick around long after the delegates and protesters are gone.


There's all kind of debate about whether the DNC be any real boost to Charlotte's image or economy after it ends.


But one DNC benefit that's here to stay was on display earlier this week when a large group of protesters blocked an intersection.  Police used the department's brand new portable PA system to communicate with the crowd.

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DNC 2012
12:44 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Why Speak To An Empty Field When There's A Busy Corner Nearby?

The free speech zone speakers platform.
Julie Rose

Activists looking to be heard during the DNC have criticized the city's "free speech zone" as a waste. It's a microphone in an empty lot at the edge of Uptown. Who would bother competing with noisy traffic and helicopters to be heard in an empty field?  Only twelve people, so far.


Steve Widdows liked being at the microphone enough that he came back for a second go the next day.


He stoops over the microphone, head bent so that it's hard to tell if his eyes are open.

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DNC 2012
3:49 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

A Pro-Life Group Uses Silence To Send A Message

Pro- and anti-abortion groups mix it up at corner of Trade and Tryon Streets.
Julie Rose

Protests continue in Uptown Charlotte today. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on a march that provided a stark contrast to the more boisterous demonstrations the city's seen since the DNC began.


There was no chanting or jockeying with police. The "America, Defend Life" march that moved slowly up Tryon Street around noon Wednesday was about 100 people, weaving between bystanders on the sidewalk, quietly praying.

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DNC 2012
9:57 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Protesters On Day 1 Of DNC Test Police, City

Protesters and police standoff.
Julie Rose

The first official day of the DNC also brought the first test of the city's designated "free speech" opportunities. It also proved the first test of CMPD's ability to handle protesters unwilling to stick to the city's script.


None of the six groups who signed up to use the city's official DNC march route  bothered to show up yesterday.


Oh well, said the city's DNC permit official Emily Cantrell.

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DNC 2012
11:18 am
Tue September 4, 2012

DNC2012 Security In Place

All vehicles entering Uptown must be screened.
Julie Rose

The highest level of DNC security is now in place around Time Warner Cable Arena. Every caterer, trash collector, UPS delivery and party supply van is being screened at a lot just out the Uptown loop before being admitted inside the restricted. WFAE's Julie Rose spent the morning there and sends this report.

DNC 2012
2:09 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Labor Day Parade Marches On Despite DNC Restrictions

Members of the United Auto Workers union march in Labor Day parade.
Julie Rose

Fewer than three percent of North Carolina workers belong to a union - the lowest rate in the nation. But a hearty contingent of about 300 came out for the annual Labor Day parade in Charlotte. Many of them also spent the holiday afternoon at an organizing meeting for low-wage workers.

Because of DNC security restrictions, some of the biggest crowd pleasers of the annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade didn't get to participate yesterday.

No car clubs, bike groups, pedicabs . . . "not even Razzles the Clown," said parade organizer Ben Lee.

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DNC 2012
10:41 am
Mon September 3, 2012

North Carolina's James Taylor Preps For CarolinaFest

James Taylor performs a sound check in advance of CarolinaFest performance.
Julie Rose
  • Listen to James Taylor perform "You've Got A Friend" at his sound check for Carolina Fest.

North Carolina native James Taylor was in Uptown Charlotte Monday morning prepping for a performance later in the day.  He’ll headline CarolinaFest that kicks off official Democratic National Convention festivities.  Taylor – who was sporting an Obama t-shirt – was on stage at Trade and Tryon around 8 sound checking “You’ve Got A Friend” to the surprise and delight of local fans.  CarolinaFest is free and starts at noon.  Other performers include The Blue Dogs, Simplified, and actor Jeff Bridges’ band.  James Taylor is scheduled to go on at 5:15 on the Main Stage.

DNC 2012
7:30 am
Mon September 3, 2012

DNC Protesters, Police Coordinate For Peaceful March

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe conferring with protest liaison Pat McCoy.
Julie Rose

Some 800 protesters marched for more than three hours in scorching heat through Uptown Charlotte Sunday chanting for a variety of social and environmental reforms. It was a smaller turnout than organizers had hoped and easily controlled by hundreds of police officers. There were only two arrests.


The entire day was highly-choreographed by protesters and police.

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