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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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney addressed reporters Wednesday about a story that dominated last week’s news cycle — his retirement and whether his plan to briefly return is legal.

Julie Barry
Sarah Delia / WFAE

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department told reporters Tuesday that uptown is still a safe place, even after a shooting that occurred in the center city earlier this week.

Dish restaurant sign
Sarah Delia / WFAE

The original owners of Dish—a restaurant in Plaza Midwood known for its southern comfort cooking—are hanging up their aprons. Luckily for Charlotte, the 17-year-old restaurant is staying put with the same name and many of the same recipes, but under new ownership.


Finding housing can be tough even when you have a reliable job and a good credit score. It can be an even bigger challenge for a portion of the population that lacks rental and credit histories and stable income — young adults. Add the rising cost of rent to that list, and the deck can be stacked high against 18- to 24-year-olds trying to find a safe and secure place to live.


The man charged with killing two UNC Charlotte students and wounding four others in a classroom shooting earlier this year pleaded guilty to the crimes Thursday afternoon.


In a surprise vote Wednesday morning, Republicans in the North Carolina House moved to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget. The unexpected vote came with just over half of House members present. Of those, 12 were Democrats, and nine voted against the measure.

The North Carolina legislative building in Raleigh.

The North Carolina House of Representatives unexpectedly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget early Wednesday morning in what the governor called "an assault" on democracy.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joined Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins Thursday, Dec. 13.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles beat four Democratic challengers with nearly 87% of the vote in Tuesday's partisan municipal primaries. The first-term mayor will face Republican and perennial candidate David Michael Rice in November.

Khalif Rhodes speaking to reporters Sept. 6, 2019.
Sarah Delia / WFAE

Chief Magistrate Khalif Rhodes told reporters Friday that he is resigning from his role. Rhodes who took on the position in 2017 had recieved criticism from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney for his stance on bail reform. Part of the changes Rhodes helped to implement included reduced or eliminated bail minimums and allowing more people to be released from jail with electronic monitoring. 


In 2011, Mark Carver was convicted of the death of a UNC Charlotte student found dead on the banks of the Catawba River.

But in June, Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg overturned Carver’s conviction. It’s been almost three months since he posted bond and walked out of the Gaston County jail.

But to say that Carver is a free man, would be an overstatement. Although his conviction was overturned, Carver’s charges still stand. 


It’s been almost two years since Rubin Galindo was shot and killed by police. On the night of Sept. 6, 2017, Galindo had called 911 stating he had a gun with no bullets and wanted officers to come to his home.

A state lawsuit filed this week says Galindo, 29, never should have been shot while trying to surrender his weapon to officers.


There's new training available for police officers charged with keeping students safe in Charlotte.

Danquirs Franklin and his three children.
Ariel, the mother of the children.

Danquirs Franklin’s former girlfriend and mother of his children has been largely silent since he was shot and killed by a CMPD officer in March. But now she’s ready to talk.


Family members say they are disappointed that Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather decided not to prosecute the CMPD officer who shot and killed Danquirs Franklin outside  a Charlotte restaurant in March. They say Franklin was following orders when he was shot. / UNC Charlotte

The fall semester at UNC Charlotte has officially begun. Today is the first full day of classes. And for the first time for many students, it’s a return to campus after last semester's deadly shooting. Processing the trauma of the violence that left two students dead and four others injured is different for everyone. For one library staff member, part of his process is helping others come back to campus.

Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

Earlier this year the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte announced it would release a list of clergy members credibly accused of sexual assault.

They didn’t release the list Monday, but did share more about the list. The list will run approximately 20 names long and include ordered and parish priests. The list will include credibly accused clergy whether they are alive or have passed away.

The North Carolina legislative building in Raleigh.

In North Carolina “no” doesn’t always mean "no.” That’s because of a loophole in state law. The loophole dates back to a 1979 case in Mecklenburg County. And for the past several years a lawmaker from Charlotte has tried to close it — but he’ll have to try again. WFAE’s Sarah Delia wanted to know why a seemingly bipartisan bill sponsored by a Democrat and a Republican, continues to go unheard.  

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On Tuesday night WFAE’s "Charlotte Talks" will host a public conversation event at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to discuss what can be done to combat Charlotte’s rise in homicides.


In 2017, Charlotte felt a rise in the city’s homicide count. There were 85 that year. Twenty-four of those cases are still open, including the killing of 38-year-old Jabari Stewart. Patrice Warren, Stewart’s sister, spoke with WFAE’s Sarah Delia shortly after his death as the family tried to deal with the sudden loss.


Police say they've charged a second person with murder in connection with a deadly shooting at a south Charlotte restaurant earlier this week.