Jessa O'Connor

Assistant Digital News Editor

Jessa O’Connor is the Assistant Digital News Editor and Sunday reporter for WFAE. She joined the team in 2018 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism and worked for her college radio news station. Jessa won national awards for her college news coverage, including “First Place in Radio” from the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and “Best Radio News Reporting” from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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A small group of white supremacist demonstrators and hundreds of counter protesters marched in the nation’s capital Sunday on the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead. There were no organized movements in Charlotte this past weekend, but the reverberations of the events last year are still felt locally. We spoke with people in Charlotte’s University area on their reflections a year later. 

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On Youth Day this Sunday, a Charlotte teen will be recognized as the first-ever North Carolina recipient of the Diana Award. Named after the Princess of Wales, the award acknowledges the social activism or humanitarian efforts of outstanding young people world-wide.

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A dead fetus was found in the bathroom of an American Airlines plane that had left Charlotte for LaGuardia Airport, according to the medical examiner's office in New York. 

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A man was shot and killed early Monday morning by the owner of a gardening store after police say the man broke into a building off Independence Boulevard.

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NASCAR chief executive and chairman Brian France has taken an “indefinite leave of absence” after being charged for driving while intoxicated and criminal drug possession in Long Island, N.Y., Sunday night. 

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The number of pending immigration cases in Mecklenburg County increased by 34 percent the second half of last year — the largest county increase in the country. This data comes at a time when the backlog in immigration courts is the highest it’s ever been nationally.

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Following a weeks-long public debate, a heated city council meeting and a final stamp of approval that came Friday, Charlotte will host the 2020 Republican National Convention. But, throughout the debate, city leaders were tight-lipped on details of the event contracts. Now, bid documents and signed agreements give a deeper understanding of how the convention will be run, planned and paid for.

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Immigrant advocates are criticizing the actions of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Charlotte earlier this month, after they arrested a woman and her 16-year-old son at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.  

Charlotte has been selected for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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The site selection committee for the Republican National Committee has chosen Charlotte as its host city for its 2020 national convention, according to multiple media reports.

The Charlotte City Council heard from more than 130 people discussing their support or opposition for the Republican National Convention in 2020.
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The Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 in a show of support for the city’s bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention after a week of heated debate among council members over the merits of hosting the convention.