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
12:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

The EpiCentre Will Be At DNC Epicenter

Street closures during the DNC have many Uptown businesses planning to close or operate on limited hours. But the EpiCentre will be open and it's shaping into one of the best spots for celebrity watching and a taste of convention excitement.

The EpiCentre is kitty-corner from Time Warner Cable Arena and inside the DNC security zone. So basically it's the convention's "front porch," says EpiCentre business development manager Ed Camp.

It's an obvious choice for delegates, reporters and celebrities looking for a quick bite or a drink outside the arena.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Problems Plague Uptown Pay-By-Cell Parking System

Parking citation.

A new technology to let parkers pay the meter via smart phone in Uptown Charlotte hit a snag that nearly led to its abandon by city officials. They're now hopeful they 've fixed the problem that led to dozens of erroneous tickets.

No need to ever scrounge for change! That was the promise when the city launched "ParkMobile" in March. A quick phone call or tap of a mobile app would feed the meter at any Uptown street spot.

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Local News
2:49 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

CMS Police Go Door-To-Door Uptown

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Law Enforcement vehicle.

Police officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District are going door-to-door Uptown giving parents the run-down on bus changes and security restrictions during the Democratic National Convention.

CMS Police Chief Bud Cesena says the first week of September will pose some challenges for the 372 students and their families who live inside the I-277 loop.

"Some bus stops - because they're in the hot zone - won't exist any more," says Cesena. "So we're making sure the children and their parents know exactly where to go."

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Local News
12:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

City Undeterred In Enforcing Tent Ordinance

Charlotte police will continue to enforce the "No Camping" on city property ordinance, despite a judge's ruling Thursday that seems to leave some wiggle room.

Three Occupy Charlotte protesters were found "not guilty" of resisting arrest when police evicted their encampment in January. Mecklenburg County Judge John Totten determined the tent in which the protesters were arrested was not being used for "camping" as defined by the ordinance. The ordinance specifically outlaws use of tents for sleeping or storing personal belongings.

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Local News
12:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

'Occupy' Protesters Acquitted

Jason Dow, Laura Brooks and Scottie Wingfield outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse following their acquital.

Three Occupy Charlotte protesters were acquitted Thursday of charges they resisted arrest during a police eviction of their encampment at old City Hall in January.

Mecklenburg County Judge John Totten ruled that Laura Brooks, Scottie Wingfield and Jason Dow were not in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits camping on city property, because the tent they were arrested in was not being used for sleeping or storing personal belongings.

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Arts & Life
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Charlotte Babies Get Live Theater Just For Them

Children watching

Children's Theatre of Charlotte has long offered plays for teens, "tweens" and kindergarteners, but until now, the "under-three" set had to sit out live theater.

There's a reason parents are typically encouraged to leave the littlest ones at home, says Andrea Bruno. Her son Liam is two-and-a-half.

"Yeah, at his age, it's kinda tough, I mean they're very active," says Bruno, with a chuckle. "They don't want to sit still. So, yeah. Sometimes it's not always a good idea."

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Business
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Blended Duke/Progress Fleets Bring Savings

The trading floor at Duke Energy's Uptown headquarters.

The merger between Duke and Progress Energy is still under investigation by state regulators, but that hasn't stopped the companies from moving ahead with the marriage.

They're actually obligated to start generating significant savings for customers right off the bat. Much of those savings originate in a heavily-secured room full of computer screens at Duke's Uptown headquarters.

As marriages go, Duke and Progress are a blended family in the Carolinas, not unlike the Brady Bunch.

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Business
12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chiquita CEO Shares Lessons On The Way Out

Fernando Aguirre

Layoffs and cost-cutting are underway at one of the most recent marquee companies to relocate to Charlotte. Chiquita Brands International announced a restructuring plan last week that will cut 300 jobs in the coming months, including 15 here in Charlotte. . . and that CEO Fernando Aguirre is on his way out.

It was a disappointing surprise for the Charlotte business community, but not for Aguirre.

He was pleased to see banana pudding on the menu for business leaders at a Rotary club lunch yesterday

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Business
2:20 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Duke CEO Reassures Florida Regulators

Jim Rogers

Duke CEO Jim Rogers again took questions from regulators today - this time in Florida, where the company now has a presence thanks to its merger with Progress Energy.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Plan To Address Badin Lake Contamination Under Review

A plan to address several acres of Badin Lake bed contaminated by Alcoa is up for public review this week.

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