Sarah Delia

Arts 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 and she’s excited to dive into the arts and culture scene in Charlotte. In her spare time Sarah loves to paint, collect vintage birdcages, pick through old vinyl, spend time with her pets, and turn claw foot bathtubs into couches. 

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A teacher in Charlotte is trying to keep students from slipping into the typical “brain drain” of summer.  WFAE’s Sarah Delia went to a classroom at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School that’s engaging students in a creative and different way.


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When you think about the stereotypical drinks ordered by women in pop culture…certain cocktails come to mind. Fruity daiquiris, maybe a piña colada and of course the pink drink that was popular on the HBO series Sex and the City the Cosmopolitan.

Whiskey isn’t usually included on that list. But a group of women in Charlotte is out to prove it’s not a man’s world when it comes to the liquor.  


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In the wake of the Charleston shooting that left nine dead at a church, a Charlotte activist has become somewhat of a household name. Bree Newsome scaled the South Carolina statehouse flagpole to take down the Confederate battle flag as the debate goes on regarding its location.

Newsome spoke to WFAE’s Sarah Delia at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte. Newsome started the conversation by describing what was going through her head as she climbed the pole. 

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The city that calls itself the Barbecue Capital of the World—Lexington, NC—got a little surprise when a construction crew uncovered a physical reminder of just how engrained barbecue is in the city and state.

Tom Hanchett is thought of as Charlotte’s historian, but his actual title is staff historian for the Levine Museum of the New South in uptown Charlotte. Since 1999, he’s witnessed, documented and told Charlotte’s story for the museum. Hanchett recently announced that he’ll be giving up his full-time post.  That doesn’t mean he’ll stop working though.   

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Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte is getting ready to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of famed American artist Robert Motherwell. He would have been 100 this year. 

WFAE’s Sarah Delia got a preview of the exhibit which is open to the public Saturday and has this report.


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No matter how you feel about the Confederate flag and the symbol it represents, one thing is for certain—it sparks emotion.  In the wake of the shooting deaths of nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, Governor Nikki Haley has said she no longer wants it to divide South Carolina. She wants it removed from the state Capitol grounds. 

One southern artist has found a place for the flag not in a history museum, but in an art gallery. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Virginia based artist Sonya Clark who was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in 2011.


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The folk duo The Weepies recently released their fifth studio album Sirens. They’re currently on tour for the record which brings them to the Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa tomorrow. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Deb Talan of The Weepies about their latest record which was recorded during an especially difficult time in both their lives.


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A local singer is gaining popularity in Charlotte…but you’re not going to catch him performing at a crowded bar in Uptown on a Friday night. You could argue he doesn’t have the time—he’s booked for 30 to 40 performances a week. 


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When you think about bike riding, an early morning ride on a well paved trail may be the first thing that comes to mind. But a group of cyclists are on a mission to prove you can bike all over Charlotte no matter what time of day it is. WFAE’s Sarah Delia joined them for a nighttime ride and filed this report.


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