Sarah Delia

Arts & Crime Reporter

At this point in her life, Sarah considers home to be a state of mind—not one place. Before joining the WFAE news team, she was hosting and reporting in the deep south in Birmingham, Alabama. In past lives she was a northerner having worked and lived in Indiana, Maine, and New York City. She grew up in Virginia and attended James Madison University in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Sarah got her start in radio at WXJM, her college radio station where she hosted a talk show, a music program, and helped manage the student run station. It’s also where she made lifelong friends and discovered a love for talking into microphones.

Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.

She enjoys telling stories that are off the beaten path. 

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says an 81-year-old woman was shot in the leg last night in the city's Belmont neighborhood.

Charlotte Observer

After three days of deliberation, the jury in the rape trial of Kevin Olsen came to a verdict: Not guilty. Olsen, the former UNC Charlotte quarterback and brother of Carolina Panthers player Greg Olsen, had been charged with three counts of second degree rape and one count of sexual offense of his then-girlfriend in February 2017.



After three days of jury deliberations, Kevin Olsen was found not guilty of rape on all counts.


Jury deliberations will go a third day in the rape trial of Kevin Olsen.


Jurors will continue deliberations in the rape trial of Kevin Olsen Tuesday morning. After deliberating for a couple of hours Monday, they asked Superior Court Judge Karen Eady-Williams to take the night. In their note, jurors said they weren’t any closer to a unanimous consensus and didn’t know when they would be. 

Sarah Delia / WFAE

The rape trial of Kevin Olsen enters its second week today, and we should learn if Olsen himself will testify in this high-profile case. Olsen is a former UNC Charlotte quarterback charged with three counts of second degree rape and one count of sexual offense of his then-girlfriend in February of 2017. Closing arguments are expected this week.

Matt Walsh / Charlotte Observer

Two defense witnesses were called to the stand Friday in the rape trial of Kevin Olsen.

Matt Walsh / Charlotte Observer

We’ve heard a lot about sexual assault this week, with the sentencing of Bill Cosby and Thursday’s hearing on Capitol Hill where we heard from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser.

The cases were on the mind of Charlotte defense attorney George Laughrun in Mecklenburg County Superior Court Thursday when objecting to a witness's answer in the rape trial of former UNC Charlotte football player Kevin Olsen.  

Hayley Reynolds/ Kevin Olsen Trial
Matt Walsh / Charlotte Observer

After emotional testimony from a friend of Kevin Olsen’s accuser, the prosecution rested its case Thursday morning. Hayley Reynolds testified that her friend and former roommate told her that she had been raped and hit by Olsen.

Matt Walsh / Charlotte Observer

A sexual assault nurse examiner testified Wednesday in the trial of Kevin Olsen that she found bruises and a laceration on the woman who has accused him of rape.