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. 

Ways to Connect

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Jackie DeLoach, the owner of Hattie’s Tap and Tavern, is still coming to work most days, but it’s not to chat with regulars. 

Instead of selling pints and shots, it’s hoodies and shirts.  

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Imagine coming home and seeing that your place is no longer livable. Not damaged by fire, flood, or even a burglar -- but by the police.

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A group of concerned faith leaders in Charlotte shared a list of demands for change regarding policing in the city. During a press conference Monday, clergy members said they are concerned about what public safety looks like in the wake of recent civil unrest. 


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Wednesday that it has received over 40 Crime Stoppers tips about the June 22 mass shooting on Beatties Ford Road that left four people dead.

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Tensions came to a head Monday between the group Jail Support and the Mecklenburg County’s Sheriff’s Office.

Twenty-three-year-old Kali Hogan is likely the first face you’ll see when you walk into Hello, Sailor, a locally owned restaurant in Cornelius right on the water that has a menu packed with seafood and colorful cocktails. 

When 51-year-old Michelle Vail checked her temperature before this interview, it was sitting at 99.4 degrees. Normally, that wouldn’t be a huge deal. But she’s had COVID-19 for over a month. At this point, anything above 98.6 is cause for concern.

Queen City Nerve


Last month a superior court judge signed an order halting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s use of riot control agents like tear gas against peaceful protesters. That was a response to a lawsuit filed by groups including the local chapter of the NAACP, the ACLU of North Carolina and Charlotte Uprising. Thursday they argued the order should continue to be in place, CMPD disagreed. 


CMPD vehicle

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department outlined second quarter crime statistics Wednesday that showed a 9% decrease in overall crime. 

Beatties Ford Road 06/22/20
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Police are still searching for a motive and suspects connected to a mass shooting that occurred on Beatties Ford Road a little over two weeks ago. The shooting happened at a block party at the end of a weekend that started with Juneteenth celebrations.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Pastoral Center

The pastor of Charlotte’s St. Matthew Catholic Church will remain away from ministry following an investigation into a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse. 

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The CVS drive-through line isn’t just for picking up prescriptions anymore, it’s also a one-stop shop for COVID-19 testing. And the person who is collecting the sample to be tested, isn’t a health care worker—it’s you.

If you’ve wondered what the self-swab process is like, WFAE’s Sarah Delia has this hands-on account.

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Last week, the portion of Beatties Ford Road in front a neighborhood Food Lion in Charlotte was roped off with yellow police tape. Police were collecting evidence, trying to piece together what sparked a mass shooting at the tail end of a weekend that had been full of peaceful celebrations marking Juneteenth.

Courtesy Kenneth Stevenson

Thirty-one-year-old Dairyon Stevenson is the fourth person who died as a result of Monday morning’s mass shooting on Beatties Ford Road. The shooting happened at a block party at the end of a weekend that started with Juneteenth celebrations.

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Police say a fourth person has died after Monday morning's mass shooting in northwest Charlotte. 

Beatties Ford Road shooting aftermath. 06/22/20
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There are still many unknowns around the mass shooting on Beatties Ford Road that occurred early Monday morning. What we do know is that two Juneteenth celebrations occurred on Friday and Saturday on Beatties Ford Road. Both were peaceful. A third started off peaceful Sunday, but turned violent as gunshots were fired at roughly 12:30 a.m. People were hit by cars as they tried to flee the scene. Three people have died. Police are still searching for a motive and suspects.

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Mecklenburg County deputy sheriffs arrested 43 people Thursday at an aid station in front of the Mecklenburg County jail -- a few hours after the sheriff told them to leave the area. 

Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
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Five years ago, nine people were murdered when a white supremacist opened fire during a Bible study group at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the victims was Cynthia Graham Hurd, the sister of Charlotte City Council member Malcolm Graham. 

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In the latest installment of WFAE's series Social Distancing, we hear from a Charlotte restaurant owner about what it's like to open a new business during the coronavirus pandemic and what activism can look like in the kitchen. 

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During a press conference outside of the Mecklenburg County Jail on Friday, members of local activist group Charlotte Uprising stood behind a long banner that read, “Hands off Anthony! Defund the police.” 

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Demonstrators gathered in Charlotte for the 12th night in a row Tuesday to demand an end to systemic racism and police brutality. But it was a different type of demonstration than in nights past. There was a sense of peace and reverence in the air and activism and voice through new artwork adorning a major uptown street.

People gathered at the Belmont Police Department Sunday afternoon ahead of a march through downtown Belmont.  6/7/20
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Updated 11:50 p.m.

Sunday marked the 10th day people have marched the streets of their towns and neighborhoods around Charlotte to protest racial injustice and police violence against people of color. 

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Updated 12:55 a.m.

Thursday marked the seventh straight day that demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality were held in Charlotte.

City of Charlotte

The city of Charlotte is asking for a State Bureau of Investigations review of tactics used by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Tuesday evening to subdue protesters after a video appeared to show a crowd blocked off at both ends of a city block as tear gas was released.

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When Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Jasmine Nivens speaks to a protester, she says she knows they may not want to hear what she has to say. Often, they just want to be heard.

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Sunday night marked the third night of protests in Charlotte as a wave of nationwide protests continue in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. 

Hundreds gathered outside of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. There was a range of emotions in the chants from protesters last night. Some were tense, some said they wanted a peaceful protest. 


How do you provide safe access to a courthouse during a pandemic? That’s the question officials across the state have been trying to answer since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

On a Friday in early April, 56-year-old Ramona Reeves started to feel a little off at work. She’s a patient coordinator at Atrium Health, so it wasn’t hard to get a quick temperature check. It turned out she had a low-grade fever and was sent home. From that point, things took a turn for the worse.

Screenshot from North Carolina Judicial Branch


North Carolina courts will start expanding services beginning June 1, but it will be a slow process with some restrictions still in place.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a Charlotte musician has been supporting his family and trying to uplift his fans through daily Facebook concerts.