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 missionary group from North Albemarle Baptist Church in Stanly County is safe, but stranded in Port-A-Prince, Haiti, amid violent street protests.
Brad Lynch

Members of several church groups from the Carolinas are stuck in Haiti following multiple days of violent protests in the country over high gas prices.  

Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

Government numbers from May show nearly 12,000 minors are in shelters after being apprehended at the country's southern border. That number has grown under President Trump's zero tolerance policy, which aggressively prosecutes more border-crossers and has separated immigrant children from their parents. 

Michael Tomsic

Updated at 5 p.m.

Outgoing Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been fined $2.75 million following an NFL investigation into sexual and workplace misconduct allegations made against him by former Panthers employees. It's the largest fine in NFL history.

Oliver Merino

Latino voter turnout in Mecklenburg County spiked during the May primary, according to elections data. Experts and organizations are attributing the increase to the Sheriff's race and local immigration policies. Now, election observers are wondering if the momentum will continue into the general election.

Governor Cooper Twitter

Surrounded by educators wearing red, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday his decision to veto the General Assembly’s budget for the next fiscal year.

McDowell County Emergency Management

Emergency services teams are getting a better idea of the toll Subtropical Storm Alberto had on North Carolina’s western counties.

Gwendolyn Glenn/ WFAE

A controversial bill that would allow Mecklenburg County towns to create their own charter schools is likely to pass thanks to a new provision in the proposed state budget that will alleviate one of the bill's main concerns. 

Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

 

“Meck Dec Day,” a holiday in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County that commemorates the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775, was celebrated Sunday by area enthusiasts. Although disputed by historians - and somewhat forgotten by modern Charlotteans - locals still celebrate Mecklenburg’s call for freedom from the British. Some of them do it through a bike ride.

Department of Justice

Three high-ranking leaders of a gang connected to the United Blood Nation, also known as the Bloods, were convicted of racketeering conspiracy charges Thursday, according to a statement released by the Department of Justice.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said an officer fired his gun while attempting to take a suicidal man into custody early Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the incident.

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