Jodie Valade

Editor, Digital News and Engagement

Jodie Valade is a Digital News and Engagement Editor for WFAE. Since moving to Charlotte in 2015, she has worked as a digital content producer for NASCAR.com and a freelance writer for publications ranging from Charlotte magazine to The Washington Post and New York Times. Before that, Jodie was an award-winning sports features and enterprise reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She also worked at The Dallas Morning News covering the Dallas Mavericks -- where she became Mark Cuban's lifelong email pen pal -- and at The Kansas City Star.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. She is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.

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The owner of a small, private Charlotte school was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday for her part in a scheme that falsely enrolled foreign teens who were sought by basketball recruiters and coaches.

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Three people were killed in two separate overnight shootings in Charlotte in the early morning hours Saturday as the homicide total for 2019 rose to 95, police said.

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Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed bills proposing pay raises for North Carolina teachers Friday, calling them “paltry.”

Kemba Walker
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Kemba Walker spent his first eight seasons in the NBA playing for the Charlotte Hornets, becoming an All-Star and the team’s all-time leader in points scored.

Thursday night, he returns to Charlotte as the enemy.

Kerr Putney
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The city of Charlotte says an outside counsel’s review of CMPD Chief Kerr Putney’s retirement plans supports its contention that it does not violate state law, despite the North Carolina State Treasurer's expressed concern that it does.

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A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher who recently was accused of having sex with a student was found dead along with her husband at their Huntersville home Wednesday morning, police said.

Cecilia Ramirez and Mary  Hopper
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Voters in Mecklenburg County went to the polls Tuesday to choose leaders of local cities, towns and the second largest school district in North Carolina. Additionally, on the ballot was a quarter-cent sales tax to benefit arts, parks and greenways and education.

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Voters in Cabarrus County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders.

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Voters in Iredell County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders, including Mooresville Mayor and City Council members.

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Voters in Catawba County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders and school board members.

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Voters in Gaston County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders, including Gastonia Mayor.

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In response to a classroom shooting in the spring, UNC Charlotte will add security measures that include equipping non-locking classrooms with kits to secure doors, the school’s chancellor said in a statement released Friday.

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A Gastonia Police officer was shot while assisting with an FBI search warrant at a house in north Charlotte early Friday morning.

Fire at CPCC
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The Charlotte Fire Department said 26 firefighters were needed to control a fire at Memorial Stadium on Friday morning.

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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment for 2020 begins Friday, and North Carolina residents are expected to see rate reductions, on the whole.

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The North Carolina General Assembly approved 3.9% pay raises for teachers and 2% raises for non-instructional staff Thursday, both increases over the next two years and retroactive to July 1.

The bill must still be signed by Gov. Roy Cooper to take effect.

Senator Richard Burr
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Shortly after the NCAA's surprising announcement Tuesday that it would initiate plans for college athletes to earn money off their names and images, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr issued his thoughts on the matter in a tweet.

And quickly, Burr was what's known in the social media world as "ratioed."

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox
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Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who resigned abruptly in July, was accused by at least two senior administrators of making comments offensive to minority and female employees, the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.

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Charlotte City Council postponed a vote Monday on approving funds for a new light rail line cost estimate but agreed to spend more than $500 million to expand the lobby of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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A 25-year-old man was killed and another man was injured in a shooting in north Charlotte on Friday evening.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Tydarrien Ford was found shot in a car on Custer Street, already dead when they arrived shortly after they were called at 7:54 p.m.

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