Sarafina Wright

Producer

Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West. 

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It’s Time Out for Sports on WFAE. It's March and that usually means March Madness with college basketball, NBA playoffs, baseball spring training and so on. That’s not the case now with the sports world being halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Joining me to discuss the fallout from this is Langston Wertz Jr. a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

Sarafina Wright: Welcome, Langston. 

Langston Wertz: Hi Sarafina, how are you? 

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It's time to take a look at what's up in the Queen City for the weekend. The CIAA tournament continues this weekend with lots of black college men's and women's basketball teams dunking it out on the court and lots of activities during the CIAA Fan Fest. There is also a soulful performance on stage and a comedy festival in the lineup. Joining WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to give you the 4-1-1 on these events and more is Sarafina Wright, WFAE's "All Things Considered" producer. 

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A Charlotte physician will join Congresswoman Alma Adams as her guest at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night. Pamela Oliver, the executive vice president of Novant Health, says she will be there to shed light on the black maternal health crisis.

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It’s the day after Christmas and many people are still in the holiday spirit and looking for something to do with friends or family in town, so there’s a lot to do out there in the QC. There’s Charlie Brown Live On Stage, A Tribute to Prince, Sinbad’s in town and Kwanzaa celebrations. Joining WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk about these arts and entertainment events for this edition of Weekend In Entertainment is WFAE’s "All Things Considered" producer Sarafina Wright.  

Phil Van Every and Dwight D. Eisenhower
Phil Van Every Foundation

Former Charlotte mayor and businessman Phil Van Every will be the latest statue erected as part of the Trail of History’s memorialization of individuals who shaped and defined Charlotte.

 

 Ruijuan Guo
CMPD

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested and charged three men with murder in the 2016 robbery and killing of 33-year-old Union County elementary school teacher Ruijuan Guo.

Mint Hill Police
Mint Hill Police

A Facebook post by the Mint Hill Police Department that jokingly warned the public of "untrustworthy drug dealers" has gone viral, with news mentions in cities from California to Great Britain. 

Mark Rumsey / WFAE

The only homeless day shelter in Rock Hill will close its doors Wednesday night, but another group has stepped up so people served by the shelter will have somewhere to go.

Iris Smalls-Hubbard, executive director of Renew Our Community, said social services nonprofit Pathways will take over the operation on a day-to-day basis.

Harlem 100
Harlem 100

The Harlem Renaissance is coming to Charlotte on Tuesday in the form of a variety show that remembers the bustling African American arts and culture scene that kicked off in New York City almost 100 years ago.

Students in Leslie Nielsen's class at Community House Middle School in Charlotte work on posters seeking gift cards for Ocracoke School, which was damaged during Hurricane Dorian.
ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

More than a month after Hurricane Dorian devastated large portions of the east coast, students on Ocracoke Island have been given a return date to portions of their school building.

CMPD vehicle
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

Updated 12:40 p.m. Tuesday

CMPD identified the man shot and wounded at the scene of a fire yesterday in uptown Charlotte as 74-year-old John W. Holaday.

Holaday is the CEO of Disposerx, a North Carolina company that specializes in drug disposal. A 16-year-old has been charged in the shooting, which occured just before 4 p.m. Monday near the scene of the fire at a restaurant on North College Street near the Bank of America Center.

Smoke from a fire at Rooster's in uptown Charlotte.
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The Charlotte Fire Department has contained a fire in the heart of uptown Monday afternoon.

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams said Republicans knew about possible fraud in their 2018 primary, but didn't report it.
David Boraks / WFAE

As the impeachment inquiry into President Trump moves along in the U.S. House of Representatives, more Democrats including presidential candidates are backing the move by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Congresswoman Alma Adams representing the 12th District told WFAE she fully supports the impeachment proceedings. 

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

Updated 6:40 a.m. Tuesday

The fight among state Democratic and Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly over an unexpected veto-override vote of the state budget continues.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper address the public after last night's rescue operation in Bladen County.
UNC-TV

Governor Roy Cooper said today that Hurricane Dorian has finally left North Carolina. Cooper said the storm has left Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras and other parts of the Outer Banks severely damaged and without power. 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gives an update on flooding from Florence Sept. 18.
SCETV

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Wednesday that residents in evacuation zones still have time to leave before conditions deteriorate overnight as Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of South Carolina. Substantial flooding has already begun in Charleston due to high tides of about 10 1/2 feet. McMaster said residents who decide to stay shouldn't underestimate the danger they may face.

At-large Democratic candidates for City Council participate in a "Charlotte Talks" forum Aug. 28.
DANIEL COSTON / FOR WFAE

Police de-escalation training was a major topic Wednesday night among seven Democrats running in Charlotte's City Council at-large primary race. The event was hosted by WFAE’s "Charlotte Talks" at McGlohon Theater. Candidates were in agreement that there is no excuse for officers not to be wearing body cameras.

Matthew "Chew" Washington, founder of A Taste of the Lowcountry
A Taste of the Lowcountry

Something big is missing from Charlotte’s festival scene Saturday. The annual Taste of the Lowcountry event is on hiatus after 16 years. The man who provided a Taste of the Lowcountry died last month.

JOSH STEIN

Major phone companies like AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have pledged to combat harassing robocalls that prey on vulnerable customers. The companies agreed to do more to stop the harassment at the prodding of a coalition of attorneys general led by North Carolina A.G. Josh Stein.

Queends University entrance
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Queens University announced today that it is joining the more than 1,000 colleges and universities around the country that have dropped or de-emphasized the SAT/ACT requirement for admission. Jen Johnson, vice president of marketing and admissions, says the university wants to evaluate students on more than test scores.

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