Sarah Delia

Arts & Crime Reporter

At this point in her life, Sarah considers home to be a state of mind—not one place. Before joining the WFAE news team, she was hosting and reporting in the deep south in Birmingham, Alabama. In past lives she was a northerner having worked and lived in Indiana, Maine, and New York City. She grew up in Virginia and attended James Madison University in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Sarah got her start in radio at WXJM, her college radio station where she hosted a talk show, a music program, and helped manage the student run station. It’s also where she made lifelong friends and discovered a love for talking into microphones.

Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.

She enjoys telling stories that are off the beaten path. 

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She Says: Whiplash

Jun 21, 2018
Greg Harris

In episode 4, we dive into what happened with the mysterious DNA sample that matches the one found in Linda’s sexual assault kit, and why detectives didn’t know about it for months. Linda expresses her concern that her questioning of police will lead to her case being ignored.

She Says: It's Not Him*

Jun 14, 2018
Greg Harris

In episode 3, Linda goes down to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police headquarters to talk to detectives about her case. It’s a particularly emotional conversation because she learns about the DNA results from her sexual assault kit. They aren’t what she expected.

We also hear how the CMPD crime lab handles the testing of sexual assault kits.

Find more information on She Says, including a timeline of events, the series trailer and resources for survivors of sexual assault, at wfae.org/shesays.

Greg Harris

In episode 2, we go back to the crime scene, which in this case is the body.

Host Sarah Delia talks to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, who carefully examine victims and their belongings for biological evidence that might help identify perpetrators. We examine CMPD’s policing philosophy as it pertains to victims.

We also hear from Linda, whose sexual assault case we’ve been investigating for the last year, about how she felt during her interactions with medical and police officials after her assault.

Find more information on She Says, including a timeline of events, the series trailer and resources for survivors of sexual assault, at wfae.org/shesays.

Credit: Greg Harris

WFAE’s She Says is an investigative podcast series that follows the story of a sexual assault survivor in Mecklenburg County, N.C., and the long and difficult process of finding justice.

In episode 1, we will introduce you to the woman we're calling Linda. Linda was sexually assaulted by a stranger on June 29, 2015, in Charlotte. We'll walk you through the events of that night and its aftermath. And we'll learn what happens when Linda, who grows increasingly impatient with the pace of the investigation, takes matters into her own hands. 

Find more information on She Says, including a timeline of events, the series trailer and resources for survivors of sexual assault, at wfae.org/shesays.

This week, WFAE launches its first investigative podcast. It’s called She Says, and it tells the story of a sexual assault victim and how police handled her case. It's been nearly three years, and Linda, as we'll call her, is still waiting for answers. 

WFAE's Sarah Delia and Marshall Terry discuss how this podcast came to be. 

Spencer Merriweather, right, is joined by his wife as he awaits results of the Mecklenburg District Attorney's Race.
Sarah Delia / WFAE

Mecklenburg County Democratic primary voters have overwhelmingly decided to keep District Attorney Spencer Merriweather in office. He defeated Democratic challenger Toussaint Romain, with nearly 78 percent of the vote.

Iliyah Miller, 3

Apr 1, 2018
https://www.gofundme.com/503nv68

Freedom Division Officers responded to a suicide call for service on the Old Gum Branch Road Bridge at Interstate 485.  Upon arrival, officers located a Christina Elizabeth Treadway on Interstate 485, who was pronounced deceased.  

Additional information gathered on the scene led officers to respond to a home in the 2100 block of Sebastiani Drive.  Upon their arrival, officers located 2 children inside of the residence with life threatening injuries.  They were both transported to CMC Main, where they were pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released body-camera footage from an officer-involved shooting last month that shows a heated exchange with a man wielding a knife before he was fatally shot by police.

Billy Graham Library

As news spread early yesterday morning that Evangelist preacher Billy Graham died at his home in Montreat, both the faithful and followers of Graham reflected on the Charlotte-born preacher’s genuine nature and charm. 

WFAE is tracking Charlotte’s homicides for 2018.

Updated June 21, 2018 (Please note we will update this information as more details become available). 

There have been 26 homicides in 2018.

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