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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The fatal shooting of Jonathan Cauthen brings the number of homicides in Charlotte this year to 67. That was the total in the city for 2016. Reporter Sarah Delia, who has been tracking homicides, spoke to All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey about what patterns have emerged and what police say is contributing to the growing number.

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Updated 8:55 a.m.
The number of homicides in Charlotte this year is now 67, the same number as in all of last year. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the latest killing happened early Thursday in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, off Beatties Ford Road in west Charlotte.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department used its weekly press conference Wednesday to address a “March against Communism” event in which white nationalist Richard Spencer is a scheduled speaker. Last week the group Anticom tweeted its intentions to have the march Dec. 28 in Marshall Park.

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This time last year, Charlotte was making national news for the protests that erupted in uptown the day after Keith Scott was shot and killed by a CMPD police officer. But there was another causality last September, 26-year-old Justin Carr who was shot and killed outside of the Omni hotel during one of the demonstrations. Rayquan Borum who was there that night, will be tried for the murder of Carr likely sometime next year.

Since the fatal shooting of Justin Carr during protests in uptown Charlotte last September, questions have lingered about who shot him. Raquan Borum was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, but people who were in the area at the time of the shooting have challenged the police account of what happened. 

Video footage captured the night Justin Carr was shot and killed in uptown Charlotte has been released. Doug Miller of the Charlotte Observer petitioned that footage from Sept. 21, 2016,  - the night Carr was shot in front of the Omni Hotel - be made public. 

Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin signed off on the order Tuesday.

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As Hurricane Irma makes its way closer to the Carolinas, there's one question on everyone's mind: How bad will this storm actually be? WCNC-TV Meteorologist Brad Panovich lays out what the Charlotte region can expect.


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Last year retired Florida couple Chap and Bonnie Percival set out on an epic road trip: they drove the path of totality of the next solar eclipse. One of their stops was Charlotte which is very near but not quite in the path of totality. Listeners in Charlotte can expect to experience the partial solar eclipse around 2:41 p.m. today.

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The man accused of shooting and killing a protester in uptown Charlotte after last year's police shooting of Keith Scott pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder.

In doing so, Rayquan Borum rejected a plea-bargain in the death of Justin Carr.

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Actor, singer, and comedian Andy Griffith grew up about two hours north of Charlotte in Mount Airy. And even though he passed away in 2012, his legacy is still very much alive in the city commonly known as Mayberry. So much so, the museum there that bears his name just got a major renovation