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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Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

CMPD said officers arrested a woman who refused to roll down her windows and exit her vehicle during a traffic stop in east Charlotte Friday night. Charlotte NAACP said in a statement to Spectrum News that it was a case of CMPD officers “escalating harassment” and “disrespect.”

Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Jane Whitley, left, and Mecklenburg Republican Chair Chris Turner.
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Party leaders in Mecklenburg County aren’t concerned about how polarizing national figures may affect party loyalty come the May 8th primaries.

Charlotte Symphony and Mark Jones / Wikimedia Commons

On May 19th, the British people will welcome a new princess into the royal family. The ceremony, which has a guest count of about 600 people, is set to take place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green will be conducting the ceremony orchestra.

A teacher at the Howard Levine Child Development Center helps students make sound shakers.
Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

A Charlotte study that came out last year identified access to quality pre-kindergarten education as a key factor in making sure that children who are born into poverty have a chance of rising out of it in their lifetimes.

Office of Congressman Pittenger

Congressman Robert Pittenger has introduced legislation to defund sanctuary cities and use that money to fund the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

One man died and three others were injured in a shooting in Union County Sunday morning.

A man died in a house fire early Saturday morning in northwest Charlotte, fire officials said.

An employee of the District Attorney’s Office of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties has been suspended without pay following an unserved Felony Larceny warrant from 32 years ago, according to a statement released Thursday by District Attorney David Learner.

Michael Tomsic

An unnamed former Panthers employee spoke out about her allegations that owner Jerry Richardson sexually harassed her in an open letter published in Sports Illustrated Thursday.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Police have charged the former owner of a Charlotte educational summer camp and afterschool program with additional counts of indecent liberties with a child, following allegations that he sexually assaulted minors. 

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