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
4:13 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

At-Risk Pregnant Women In Gaston County To Get Home Visits

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Gaston County has received a federal grant of more than $1 million to send nurses into the homes of low-income pregnant mothers. The county's infant mortality and child poverty rates routinely outpace the rest of the Charlotte region.

"Woeful" is the word Gaston Public Health Director Chris Dobbins uses to describe the county's health statistics for children.  

"In Gaston County right now, 28 percent of our children live in poverty - 28 percent - that's a staggering number," says Dobbins.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

1/4 Of NC Residents Diagnosed With "Pre-Existing Conditions"

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A new report estimates one in four North Carolinians under the age of 65 have a health condition that could lead them to be denied insurance coverage. In some counties that rate is closer to one-in-three. An advocacy group that commissioned the report calls it a compelling argument for the Affordable Care Act.

Diabetes, heart disease and cancer are among the most common "pre-existing" conditions to which an insurance company might say, "No way do we want to cover you - you'll cost too much."

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DNC
6:31 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Anatomy Of A Protest

Protestors converge on 5th and College Streets in Charlotte last week. Photo: Julie Rose

Last week at this time, hundreds of people were gathering in Uptown Charlotte to march on the Bank of America shareholders meeting. Over the next few hours, protesters and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police engaged in an elaborate dance, balancing safety with the right to demonstrate. Both sides saw the day as a practice-run for the Democratic National Convention, here's an inside look at how it was orchestrated.

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Tree Climbing's Not Just For Kids
1:00 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Tree Climbing's Not Just For Kids

Chip Hildreth about 85' high in a tree at Freedom Park. Photo: Julie Rose

Charlotte is known for trees, so it's fitting that every year arborists gather here to show off their tree-scaling skills. The Charlotte Arborists Association's Annual Tree Climbing Competition is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freedom Park. WFAE's Julie Rose went for a preview. 

Chip Hildreth is sprawled on the limb of a Willow Oak 85 feet up. He's got a bushy beard, sunglasses and helmet. The highest he's ever been in a tree is 128 feet, so this 85 foot limb is nothing.

"No, this is cozy!" yells Hildreth. You can just hear him chuckling.

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