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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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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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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Over the summer we put a call out to hear your version of the Charlotte Talks theme song. The response was impressive and overwhelming. Thank you for taking the time to create and craft your tunes, we really enjoyed this project. 

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Where will you be August 21 of next year? That’s when the next total solar eclipse will be in the United Sates. One retired Florida couple already knows their plans. They spent the summer driving some 11,000 miles around the country telling people about the cosmic event and where to go for the best view.

Body camera footage from a CMPD officer.

The family of Keith Lamont Scott, the black man who was fatally shot by a CMPD officer a little over 2 weeks ago, has reviewed the remaining dash and body camera footage of the incident. Calling for more transparency, the family asked that footage be made public, and it was last night. WFAE’s Sarah Delia discusses what we’ve learned by viewing this additional material. 

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