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 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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Purell mural
Jodie Valade / WFAE

Charlotte mural artist Darion Fleming was out gathering supplies a couple weeks ago for what he assumed might be a long stay-at-home period when he noticed one thing missing in every store he visited.

Roy Cooper

Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a statewide "stay at home" order for North Carolina residents to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It goes into effect Monday at 5 p.m. and lasts for 30 days.

A man charged in the killing of the owner of Brooks Sandwich House has now been charged in the January deaths of a man and a woman in north Charlotte, CMPD said Friday.

Jeff Dugdale
Queens University

Eight years ago, Queens University in Charlotte sent five swimmers to the Olympics. Four years ago, the Division II school that has won five straight national titles had 12 Olympians who trained in the Queens pool go to the 2016 Rio Olympics. They came back with eight medals.

This year?

“Obviously, we’ll never know,” Queens swimming coach Jeff Dugdale said.

Andrew Porter, Liz Porter, Jason Harris, Chris Ritenour
Courtesy Christina Hussey

Liz and Andrew Porter shut down their distillery, Doc Porter’s, to the public on Monday. With the coronavirus outbreak demanding social distancing, it seemed like the right move.  

By Thursday, the Porters already had a new plan for their South End distillery: hand sanitizer.

David Boraks / WFAE

Because of concerns about the coronavirus, UNC Charlotte has canceled a concert planned for its Day of Remembrance on April 30, the one-year anniversary of a classroom shooting that killed two students at the school.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order Saturday closing all K-12 public schools in the state for at least two weeks and prohibiting gatherings of 100 or more people amid coronavirus concerns.


A second Mecklenburg County resident has tested positive for coronavirus, the health department said Saturday.

empty toilet paper
Jodie Valade / WFAE

Harris Teeter and Publix will close its grocery stores in the Charlotte area early each night in an effort to more thoroughly clean stores and replenish stock that has been decimated by coronavirus fears, the stores announced.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that it is suspending all interscholastic athletics -- including this weekend's state basketball championships -- because of coronavirus fears.

NBA season postponed
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The NBA suspended its season until further notice following games Wednesday evening after a player for the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Duke University
Nan-Cheng Tsai / Flickr

CMS has suspended all district-sponsored travel for students and staff, and Duke is suspending on-campus classes until further notice, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect schools across the country and in North Carolina.

Town of Davidson

Updated March 11 11:15 a.m.

Ket Barrington was located Wednesday.

Davidson police are asking for help in locating a missing 16-year-old boy.

Roy Cooper

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina on Tuesday as the state has seven presumptive positive coronavirus cases and supplies to test just 300 more people.

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention /

A second North Carolina person has tested positive for coronavirus, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Friday. The case is unrelated to the first case identified in the state.

Jodie Valade / WFAE

A 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning in the December killing of Scott Brooks, the co-owner of NoDa’s Brooks Sandwich House, police said.

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention /

North Carolina’s Coronavirus Disease Task Force is working on response plans to the potential spread of COVID-19 in the United States and the state, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

Cam Newton

The Panthers appear poised to play the 2020 season with Cam Newton as the team's quarterback, according to an NFL Network report.

Matthews Police Department

A missing 6-month old Matthews boy was found dead in Sharon Memorial Park cemetery, CMPD said Saturday, and the Homicide Unit is investigating.


Updated 9:45 p.m.

Snow fell Thursday afternoon in the Charlotte area, providing slick roads just in time for evening rush hour as winter weather moved into North Carolina. Gov. Roy Cooper urged residents to prepare for the inclement weather, and several Charlotte-area school districts, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and early voting sites shut down early.