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 Charlotte high school student charged with embezzling money from a Harris Teeter won’t be deported. But he’ll still be returning to his native country, Mexico. Gus Zamudio had his final immigration hearing Tuesday. 

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You may not know the name Tim Parati, but chances are you’ve seen work by this native Charlottean around the city and on your TV screen. Whether he’s designing a set for a local play, or has a recurring role on the post-apocalyptic show The Walking Dead, Parati has a hard time saying no to creative undertakings.

Many projects keep him busy these days but Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is his home base. Which is where WFAE’s Sarah Delia caught up with Parati to discuss the two very different worlds he lives in.

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It’s not often that we cover stories involving the theft of less than $3,000, but the case of 18-year-old Gus Zamudio is different because it involves immigration.

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Residents and businesses along Charlotte’s light rail blue line extension received some bad news this week. The 9-mile line from uptown to UNC Charlotte won’t be opening in August as planned. It’s been delayed until next March. Businesses and residents in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood took the news especially hard as they saw August as the light at the end of a massive construction tunnel.

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Immigration and refugee policies have been on the minds of people across the country, including Charlotte. Tonight WFAE’s Charlotte Talks will hold a Public Conversation event to explore these topics.

For Mayada Idlibi both of these issues hit close to home. She emigrated from Syria in the 1980’s. Today she works with refugees placed in Charlotte.  WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Idlibi about her journey to America and the challenges of helping refugees settle into their new home.

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The Excelsior Club, Charlotte’s first African American-owned club, is officially in foreclosure. It opened in 1944, and at one point it was a center for African American social and political activity on Charlotte’s west side.

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Cab drivers pick up all sorts of people going to various destinations: a party, the airport, or to meet up with friends. Those brief interactions are usually just that—short moments of time shared by the passenger and driver making small talk or staring out the window. Nothing too memorable.

But in the movie FARE, written and directed by local filmmaker Thomas Torrey, the protagonist Eric, a cab driver, finds himself transporting a passenger that takes up his entire evening—and changes the course of his life.

K(no)w Justice K(no)w Peace display
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The phrase “No Justice, No Peace” has been heard around the country during protests in the wake of police involved shootings of African-Americans. It was a chant that rang out in the streets of Uptown back in September after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by a CMPD officer.

Now, it’s the title of an exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South. WFAE’s Sarah Delia got a sneak peek of the exhibit which opens to the public Friday.

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One of the winners at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards has a Charlotte connection. The O’Connor Band comprised of legendary violinist Mark O’Connor and three of his family members brought home the Grammy for best Bluegrass Album. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.

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On January 16, Charlotte City Council made a unanimous decision to appoint 30-year-old Dimple Ajmera to serve out the rest of John Autry’s term. Autry was elected to North Carolina’s House of Representatives last November. Six people including Ajmera applied for the job.

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