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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The family of Daniel Harris, a deaf man who was fatally shot by State Trooper Jermaine Saunders after a high speed chase last year, has more questions after the DA’s decision not to press charges against Saunders.

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It’s been about 6 months since the death of 29-year-old Daniel Harris, a deaf man fatally shot in Charlotte after a high speed chase with a state trooper. On Monday the Mecklenburg district attorney announced Trooper Jermaine Saunders had legal justification to fire the fatal shot that killed Harris, not far from his home. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.

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If you visit the Charlotte Symphony this season, chances are you’ll hear something…a little different. The Symphony’s new President and CEO Mary Deissler is encouraging a diversity in the group’s sound and audience. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.

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If you’re an avid knitter, you may have noticed a new pattern making the rounds. It’s for a hat that’s meant to turn heads at the Women’s March on Washington and sister marches taking place in various cities including Charlotte on Saturday. The hat is getting attention not just because of how it looks, but because of its name which some may find offensive.

Most knitters will tell you the hats are simple to make. The signature mark of the hat are two little ears that perk up like those on a cat. And the hats are supposed to be pink, which as WFAE’s Sarah Delia found kept one yarn shop in Charlotte fairly busy leading up to the women’s march.

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Friday is inauguration day, and right now, people are getting ready to travel to the nation’s capital. We’re not talking about the swearing in of Donald Trump, but the Women's March on Washington which takes place the day after the inauguration. Women from all over the country are flocking to D.C. for the march, which organizers say is not anti-Trump but rather pro-women.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to several groups of Charlotte women about why they are making the journey up to march and has this story. 

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Grammy award winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor has played with the likes of Dolly Parton, James Taylor, and Paul Simon, and he’s never met a genre of music he didn’t like.

He even invented his own method for teaching the violin, named the O’Connor Method which focuses on teaching traditional Americana music. And he’s currently the Charlotte Symphony’s artist in residence.

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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.