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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Aired on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's been recognized as one of the oldest blues clubs in the country. The Double Door Inn recently celebrated its 43rd anniversary in Charlotte. It will also be its last. The property is being sold, but there's still time to catch one more show before the lights go out on the Double Door stage. 

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Friday was not a good day for Governor Pat McCrory in his effort to remain in office. Attorney General Roy Cooper extended his lead to about 6,300 votes as counties reported more provisional and absentee ballot results.

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Going to a play can be tough for any kid. After all, theaters are normally places where you're supposed to sit still and be quiet.

But for kids on the autism spectrum, the dark lighting and loud noises can make it especially difficult to have a good theatergoing experience - for them and their families. Children's Theatre of Charlotte is trying to change that. It's among several theaters nationwide that have started offering sensory-friendly performances. WFAE's Sarah Delia and Michael Tomsic caught a show recently.

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If you’re voting today, you may be surprised by what greets you at the polls. Musicians will perform at some precincts in Mecklenburg County. The goal is simple: to bring smiles to people’s faces as they wait in potentially long lines to do their civic duty.

One performer is ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to him as he prepared to play from a particularly unusual stage.

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Courtesy of OWL Bakery

And now for something sweet on the eve of the 2016 Election. It’s an issue everyone can support no matter who you’re voting for: the power of desserts. Two bakers in Asheville have resurrected a tasty treat from the 1700’s known as Election cake. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with the bakers who are out to “Make America Cake Again.”

Gaelynn Lea on stage at The Evening Muse.
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Gaelynn Lea is a classically trained violinist, singer songwriter, and the winner of this year's NPR Tiny Desk Contest. She performed at the Evening Muse on October 29 with musician Jess Klein.

This election season, we’ve heard a lot about the presidential race, and campaigns for U.S. Senate and governor in North Carolina – and for good reason. We haven't heard much about state legislative races even though the General Assembly has fueled some of the year’s biggest political stories. Think House Bill 2, plus redistricting and changes to voting laws that were struck down in federal court.

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A general rule of thumb when viewing art in a gallery: Look with your eyes, not your hands. But a new installation at Charlotte’s Latin American Contemporary Art Projects encourages the opposite. It’s up this Saturday at the gallery to help kick off festivities for the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. And its subject matter? The place between the living and the dead.

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The first day of early voting in North Carolina kicked off with long lines in Charlotte and an appearance from Hillary Clinton’s running mate Senator Tim Kaine. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.

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A day after the second presidential debate, Donald Trump’s running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in Charlotte. During a town hall rally Pence spent his time talking about the economy and health care for veterans.

He also broached the subject of recorded lewd remarks Donald Trump made about women about a decade ago that became public last week.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia was at the rally today and spoke with Pence supporters. 

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