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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Amy Schumer and Oprah Winfrey
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The lines outside the Spectrum Center on Saturday morning stretched along the sidewalks uptown. But they were nothing compared to the lines inside the arena, where Oprah Winfrey was making her third stop of the “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” tour. That’s a day-long wellness event presented by WW – the newly rebranded Weight Watchers.

The focus might have been on overall health and wellness, but the draw, unquestionably, was Oprah.

FBI

The man dubbed the "Bad Wig Bandit" for his propensity to wear distinctive wigs while robbing banks has struck again, the FBI said. 

CMPD

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for help locating a car believed to be used by the suspect in the Nov. 25 shooting death of 19-year-old Nathaniel Isenhour in University City.

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The Carolina Panthers have a new coach with last week’s hiring of Matt Rhule, but the team still has a major decision to make this off season: Will it release, trade or keep quarterback Cam Newton? 

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Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly stunned the NFL on Tuesday night with an annoucement on Twitter that the 28-year-old is retiring from professional football.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police is conducting a homicide investigation after a man and a woman were found dead in a car in north Charlotte on Saturday morning.

FBI

The FBI is asking for help in finding a bank robber they have dubbed the “Bad Wig Bandit.” The same suspect is believed to have robbed three banks in the Charlotte metro area in the last three weeks – each time wearing a different wig.

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North Carolina has recorded its first pediatric flu death of the 2019-20 flu season, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.

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The commission charged with finding the best way to memorialize two students killed and four more injured in an April 30, 2019, classroom shooting at UNC Charlotte has recommended a $1 million memorial and a repurposing of the room where the shooting took place.

Christian McCaffrey
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The Carolina Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey has been named to the Associated Press’ NFL All-Pro Team at two positions – running back and the “flex” position.

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A second teenager has been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Avenanna Propst at Concord Mills Mall on Dec. 28, police said.

Concord Police

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in Concord last week, police said.

Concord Police Department

Concord Police said Thursday that skeletal remains found in a wooded area near the intersection of Davidson Highway and Winecoff School Road are Crystal Dawn Morrison, who has been missing since 2012.

Charlotte MLS

Charlotte's MLS team is officially only a couple weeks old and doesn't have a name or a headquarters -- but the franchise announced Tuesday that it has hired a sporting director.

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The Western North Carolina town of Andrews will end its annual New Year's Eve tradition of lowering a live opossum, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The lowering of an opossum in a plexiglass box -- a response to the Times Square ball drop -- has been practiced in the town since the early 1990s.

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The news never stops, and we know 2020 will keep churning out more stories for WFAE to cover. Here are a list of some of the topics we'll be keeping an eye on when the calendar turns to a new year and a new decade.

David Boraks / WFAE

From breaking news like the shooting at UNC Charlotte and the arrival of MLS to the Queen City to issues that continue to affect the Charlotte area, such as the affordable housing crisis and tolls on Interstate 77, WFAE has brought you news about all of it in 2019.

Our staff of editors and reporters identified the biggest stories in the Charlotte region in 2019. Here's what we covered in the past year that we won't forget:

Courtesy Matthew Westmoreland

As 2019 draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the most powerful voices we heard in our community this year, and how we've felt their impact in both real and intangible ways.

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Updated 11:45 a.m. Monday

Charlotte added two more victims to its homicide total in 24 hours this weekend. Police say a 56-year-old man was intentionally struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon in a Steele Creek shopping center and a 43-year-old man was shot during an argument Saturday morning in Ballantyne.

 

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has added two Republican presidential challengers to Donald Trump on the March 3 primary ballot, the organization said Friday.

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