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 Mecklenburg County jury awarded $100,000 to the family of a mentally ill man who was shot by police in 2013, according to multiple reports.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that he wants to address the problems of water and air pollution by increasing resources for the state’s environmental and health agencies.

Julie Rose

Charlotte Area Transit System says it’s partnering with ride-hailing service Lyft for passengers who are too far away from two of its light rail stations.

A 16-year-old is the latest person to be charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman in east Charlotte on April 3. According to CMPD, Ziaya Jackson turned herself in Saturday. She’s been charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police are investigating a shooting outside a Hickory bar Sunday morning, in which one man was killed and three others injured.

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The Charlotte Ballet and Charlotte Symphony join forces this weekend with strong support from kids. The ballet and symphony mined the young talent from community centers, and have given the classical composition The Rite of Spring a modern twist. They call it: “The Rite of Spring: Reinvented.” And in the process, hope to engage a younger generation to produce and love the arts. 

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Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the adoptive father a Rowan County girl who was found dead nearly five years after she was last seen, according to multiple reports.


North Carolina is joining a group of 17 states in suing the Trump administration over a new question added to the Census that asks people whether they are U.S. citizens, Attorney General Josh Stein announced Tuesday.

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Primaries are gearing up in North Carolina and the voter registration deadline is fast approaching. Here's what voters in Mecklenburg County need to know in preparation for the elections.

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The officers who shot and killed Jonathan Bennett during an ambush at CMPD headquarters in January have been cleared by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's office.