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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Hedge fund manager David Tepper has officially been named the new owner of the Carolina Panthers, according to a statement from the team.

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It's that time of year when college students move their tassels from right to left and become graduates. In honor of that accomplishment, here are some highlights from N.C. commencement ceremonies. 


CMPD is investigating a shooting that occurred outside of a party venue in east Charlotte early Sunday morning.

CMPD are investigating a homicide that occurred in southeast Charlotte Saturday night.

CMPD is investigating a shooting that killed one man and injured another in northeast Charlotte off Milton Road Saturday afternoon.

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The Charlotte Hornets announced Thursday evening that the team has hired a new head coach.

Duke Energy headquarters in Charlotte.
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Duke Energy’s first-quarter shares are up slightly from last year, according to an earnings report released by the Charlotte-based company Thursday morning.

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The owner of the party bus that a UNCC student fell out of last week and died when she was struck by two cars is facing over $2,000 in fines after being assessed with multiple vehicle violations, according to a report released by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Wednesday.

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Challenger Mark Harris defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger by a margin of 814 votes.


Iredell-Statesville Schools is joining CMS and other school districts in the decision to make May 16 an optional teacher workday, the district said in a statement. Schools are closing in anticipation for teacher protests that will occur in Raleigh the same day.