Sarah Delia

Arts & Crime 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. 

Ways to Connect

Metro Division patrol officers responded to a 911 call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon located at a residence in the 2400 block of Carmine Street.  Upon arrival, officers located Mr. White in the front yard of the residence with an apparent gunshot wound.  He was transported to CMC Main, where he was pronounced deceased from his injuries.

The initial investigation revealed that Mr. White was at his residence when he stepped outside.  A short time later his family heard gunshots and found him lying outside in the yard.

James Hawkins, 35

Jan 18, 2018

University City Division patrol officers responded to a domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon call for service.  Upon arrival, officers located Mr. Hawkins inside the residence with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic. 

Mr. Hawkins had served as a deputy sheriff with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office since 2005.  His wife Deputy Sheriff Rataba Hawkins has been with MCSO since 2002.

Photo courtesy of Gail Chauncey

This time last year, women from all over the country were heading to the nation’s capital to participate in the women’s march on Washington. Some marched for issues of inequality others for healthcare, and many in response to the election of President Trump.

Last year before they headed north, WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to several women about why they wanted to march and what they hoped to get out of the experience. A year later, Delia circled back with some of them.

Negative Space

WFAE is working on a story about sexual assault in the Charlotte area. And right now, we hope to hear from you. 

Isaiah Miller, 7

Jan 13, 2018

Freedom Division Officers responded to a suicide call for service on the Old Gum Branch Road Bridge at Interstate 485.  Upon arrival, officers located a Christina Elizabeth Treadway on Interstate 485, who was pronounced deceased.  

Additional information gathered on the scene led officers to respond to a home in the 2100 block of Sebastiani Drive.  Upon their arrival, officers located 2 children inside of the residence with life threatening injuries.  They were both transported to CMC Main, where they were pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

Brittany White, 24

Jan 11, 2018

Brittany White is Charlotte’s first homicide of 2018. Freedom Division patrol officers responded to a shots fired call for service on Carlyle Drive.  Upon arrival, officers found Ms. White inside a residence with an apparent gunshot wound, she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is calling a new space home. The theater company announced Wednesday that they’ve signed a five year contract with Queens University. As the resident theater company of Queens, ATC will produce and perform from Hadley Theatre on campus.

As frigid temperatures continue, local groups are making more space available to shelter the area’s homeless population.


For the past year WFAE has been tracking Charlotte’s rising homicide count through an interactive timeline. WFAE’s Sarah Delia discusses the trends and what’s being done to combat the rise in violence.

Police are investigating a fatal shooting off I-85 northwest of uptown Thursday, the 85th homicide of 2017 in the Charlotte area.