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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Charlotte City Council declared a state of emergency Saturday for the city and Mecklenburg County after protests over police brutality sparked by the killing of a black man named George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer turned violent in Charlotte on Friday evening.

Braxton Winston
City of Charlotte

Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston's campaign says "he is now in a legal process" after he was arrested and charged with failure to disperse upon command at a protest outside a west Charlotte police station precinct Friday night.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

If you’ve been eager to go to the library to check out books or movies or simply escape, there is some somewhat good news: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library reopens Monday.

Courtesy Carla Garrison-Mattos

Carla Garrison-Mattos keeps a map, now, in her home where she marks off all the places she has shipped one of her painting kits. The other day was a big one for the Charlotte artist: She sent sketched canvas, paints and brushes to Saudi Arabia.

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University of Southern California

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has identified its first case of a rare inflammatory condition linked to the coronavirus, known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

Gov. Roy Cooper
NC Department of Public Safety

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that the state will transition to a modified version of Phase 2 of his three-phase reopening plan from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.

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The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association on Tuesday evening released a document providing "interim guidance" from the NC Department of Health and Human Services that indicates the state will begin Phase 2 of its reopening Friday -- and allow dine-in service for 50% of the building capacity.

Courtesy Alvin C. Jacobs Jr.

Two months ago, Alvin C. Jacobs Jr. was still recovering from a devastating car accident in November that left the Charlotte photographer with lasting physical injuries and plenty of bills.

South Carolina will allow dine-in service at restaurants beginning Monday, limiting the number of people to 50% of the building capacity and still enforcing social distancing measures that require tables to be spaced 6-8 feet apart.

South Carolina will begin a four-part coronavirus testing program that focuses on identifying how much of the state’s population has been infected by the virus, starting with testing all residents and staff members of nursing homes in the state.

Henry McMaster
South Carolina ETV

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Friday that he will lift the state “work-or-home” order and will allow outdoor dining at restaurants that practice social distancing, effective Monday.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte and six county towns agreed Tuesday to transition from the county stay-at-home order to the statewide order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper that now extends to May 8.

The slightly more lenient North Carolina order deems more businesses as "essential."

UNCC

Sharon Gaber, the current president of the University of Toledo in Ohio, has been named UNC Charlotte’s newest chancellor.

Gaber’s appointment was approved Tuesday in a Board of Governors meeting. She will begin July 1 with a salary of $525,000.

Blumenthal Performing Arts
Joe O'Connor / WFAE

Whenever we’re allowed to – and want to – return to the theater in Charlotte to see performances at any of the Blumenthal Performing Arts’ venues, it might look very different from what we’re accustomed to. If it’s not already abundantly evident, the coronavirus pandemic has altered everything in life.

Steve Harrison / WFAE

Former election campaign consultant Leslie McCrae Dowless, who was at the center of a voter fraud scandal in the 9th Congressional District in 2018, has been indicted on charges of social security fraud, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced Tuesday.

 

Courtesy Jersey Roche

Among the things that Sarah “Jersey” Roche has learned in the past few weeks are:

  • Her bedroom has the best acoustics at her house, probably because of all the bedding and pillows;
  • She misses her friends at Opera Carolina desperately and can’t wait until they are able to perform together again;
  • Music really does have the power to heal.

hospital beds
Pixabay

Atrium and Novant health systems now say that a field hospital is not needed in Charlotte, as social distancing measures in Mecklenburg County have helped slow a projected surge of coronavirus patients.

Charlotte Museum of History

Spring is typically the busiest time of year for the Charlotte Museum of History. That’s when school field trips come filing through the museum and grounds, as students throughout the area get their first glimpse of Mecklenburg County’s oldest home, the 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Homesite.

Roy Cooper
NCDHHS

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday issued an executive order further restricting the number of people in retail and grocery stores and preventing group gatherings in nursing homes in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

A third part of the order aims to make filing for unemployment easier.

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TONY WEBSTER / FLICKR

CMPD is investigating two homicides in Charlotte in the past 12 hours. They are the 30th and 31st homicides of the year.

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