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
10:40 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

N.C. Becomes First State To Compensate Eugenics Victims

Janice Black (right) with her friend and caretaker Sadie Long at their home in Charlotte.

More than 30 states once had eugenics laws, but North Carolina's were particularly aggressive. Some 7,600 men, women and children were sterilized by the state's eugenics board. After the 1960s, the victims were mostly black. Often they were mentally ill or disabled. In many cases they were ordered sterilized simply because they were poor and on welfare.

Now North Carolina has gone further than any other state in attempting to make amends.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Jerry Orr Used To Doing Things His Way At Charlotte Airport

Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr is known for terse answers to reporter questions.
Julie Rose

One man stands at the center of this swirling controversy over Charlotte's airport. In 25 years, Jerry Orr has built a reputation as one of the nation's best airport directors.

But he also has a reputation for being gruff and abrasive and his clashes with city leaders helped fuel the airport power struggle that has thrust Orr's job into limbo. Love him or hate him, Orr's name is synonymous with Charlotte Douglas International Airport. 

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Local News
9:31 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Small Businessman Maddalon Joins Charlotte City Council

Billy Maddalon was chosen by the Charlotte City Council to fill the District 1 seat vacated by Patsy Kinsey, who is serving as interim mayor.
Credit Julie Rose

Billy Maddalon, owner of The Morehead Inn in Dilworth,  has been chosen to fill the city council seat vacated by Patsy Kinsey who is temporarily serving as Charlotte Mayor.  Maddalon is a native of Charlotte and a self-described "centrist Democrat."

"You know the shop's on fire," says Maddalon.  "There's just so many really important issues in front of our community and my goal would be to get up to speed as quickly as possible and become a contributor on city council in the four very short months I'll have to do that."

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Local News
5:44 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

City Manager Carlee: Orr's Removal From Airport 'Simply Business'

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee (r) congratulates Brent Cagle, whom he selected as interim aviation director following Jerry Orr's ouster.
Credit Julie Rose

  US Airways called it "disappointing." House Speaker Thom Tillis called it "incredibly irresponsible" and "unwise."  But Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says his decision to install a new director of the Charlotte Airport was "simply business." 

WFAE's Julie Rose speaks with Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee about his decision to replace long-time aviation director Jerry Orr.

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Breaking
8:29 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Long-time CLT Director Orr Is Out At Airport

Did long-time Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr quit, or was he fired? Depends on who you ask.
Credit Julie Rose / WFAE News

Only hours after state lawmakers voted to strip the City of Charlotte of the airport on Thursday afternoon, long-time aviation director, Jerry Orr, lost his control, too.

In the last 25 years, Orr’s name has become synonymous with the success of Charlotte airport. But, last night, City Manager Ron Carlee released a statement saying  he’d accepted Orr’s resignation.

Orr's attorney says he was fired. 

WFAE's Julie Rose and Ben Bradford discuss Orr's resignation/firing live on Morning Edition.

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Local News
8:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Charlotte Loses Its Airport - Nearly

Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr would no longer have to ask the city council for permission to act at the airport if the court upholds legislation transferring CLT to a regional authority.
Credit Julie Rose

The city of Charlotte has lost control of its airport – or nearly so. The North Carolina General Assembly passed a measure Thursday officially transferring Charlotte Douglas International into the hands of a regional authority – immediately. 

But just as quickly, the city sued to stop it and was granted a temporary restraining order.

After six months of rancor and a flurry of last minute attempts at compromise, the final legislative vote was kind of anticlimactic: it happened in less than a minute with no discussion or debate.

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Local News
2:04 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

LYNX Blue Line Headed North

In 2017, 9th Street Uptown will no longer be the end of the line for the LYNX Blue Line.
Julie Rose

It was a hot morning of back slapping and congratulations in Uptown Charlotte as city, state and federal officials broke ground on the Blue Line Extension. 

Governor Pat McCrory thanked everyone from President Bill Clinton to former Mayor Anthony Foxx for following through on funds to continue the transit plan initiated by a sales tax increase McCrory championed as Charlotte mayor in the 1990's.

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Developing
1:20 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

McCrory Says Last-Minute Compromise Unlikely For Airport Bill

Governor Pat McCrory told reporters in Charlotte on Thursday morning he didn't think a last-minute compromise would prevent the airport authority legislation from passing.
Credit Julie Rose

Hours before state senators are expected to take a final vote to create a regional authority for the Charlotte airport, Governor Pat McCrory was in Charlotte speaking out on the issue.

As the vote has neared, McCrory began working behind the scenes to broker a compromise between legislators and the city of Charlotte and prevent the lawsuit Charlotte seems bound to file if the bill passes. Another last-minute compromise was in the works this morning, but McCrory said he wasn't sure it would happen because of "timing and other things."

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Local News
5:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

While Arts Groups Struggle, Discovery Place Thrives

Ticket sales, parking and gift shop revenues raise enough money to cover 70 percent of the expenses for Discovery Place Inc.
Briana Duggan

Declining grant money and budget shortfalls plague many of Charlotte's large arts groups. But one big cultural institution is in a different boat from the rest.


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Developing
1:12 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

House Passes Charlotte Airport Authority Bill

Credit Ken Lund / flickr

It's nearly a done deal. The North Carolina House gave final approval on Tuesday to a measure transferring the Charlotte airport to a regional authority. All that remains is Senate concurrence with changes made to the measure in the House. That could come in the next day or so.

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