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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protesters at Charlotte City Council meeting

In an 8 to 3 vote, the Charlotte City Council approved changes to the city’s noise ordinance.

One of the most controversial changes involved amplified sound. Now amplified sound will be banned within 150 feet of schools, places of worship, and medical facilities—including A Preferred Women's Health Center of Charlotte, a heavily protested abortion clinic on Latrobe Drive.

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CMPD Chief Kerr Putney met with reporters Thursday for one-on-one interviews. WFAE’s Sarah Delia met with Putney to  discuss the city's rising homicide rate and what his department is doing to earn community trust.

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A public meeting will be held in Salisbury tonight to discuss a Confederate statue that was recently vandalized. Attendance is expected to be so high, the meeting location has changed to a larger venue for the anticipated crowd.

Last week a judge overturned Mark Carver’s 2011 first degree murder conviction for the death of a UNC Charlotte student. On Tuesday Carver was transferred and released from the Gaston County jailhouse. 

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Updated 8 p.m.

For eight years, Mark Carver has been in state prison serving a life sentence for the 2008 killing of UNC Charlotte student Ira Yarmolenko. Her body was found on the banks of the Catawba River, near where Carver was fishing the day she died.

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In the wake of the deadly shooting on UNC Charlotte’s campus last month, people did what they so often do — create memorials for those lost to the violence. Candles, flowers, handwritten letters, and posters with the names of the victims packed the steps leading up to the Kennedy building, outside where the shooting occurred. 

Cheslie Kryst
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Miss North Carolina has a new title and crown to add to her growing collection. Cheslie Kryst is the new Miss USA 2019. The 28 year-old Charlotte attorney was crowned Miss USA earlier this month. Kryst who has done some pro bono work on behalf of prison inmates will be living in New York City for the next year as the title holder. She talked to WFAE’s Sarah Delia to discuss her work as an attorney and life in the pageant world.

The man accused of fatally shooting two UNC Charlotte students and injuring four others last week has been indicted by a grand jury.

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The man accused of fatally shooting two UNC Charlotte students and leaving four others injured was scheduled to have his first appearance in court today but that didn’t happen.

Riley Howell

On the day after a deadly shooting on the campus of UNC Charlotte, university, police, and city officials held a press conference in which more details were revealed about the deadly incident. One of the most important takeaways was about one of the students who died. Police say he was a hero. 

Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

Updated 12:30 a.m.

A shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte left two people dead and four wounded Tuesday, prompting a lockdown on campus.

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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department announced that the agency’s Community Policing Crisis Response team will begin its first day in the field Saturday.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released additional video from the body camera of the officer that fatally shot 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin last month. Robert Dawkins with SAFE Coalition NC joined WFAE’s Sarah Delia to discuss the additional footage.


Additional video related to the shooting of Danquirs Franklin shows officer Wende Kerl saying Franklin's gun was in his jacket before he moved his hand to pull the weapon out. Kerl shot him, as Franklin seemed to be holding the gun by the barrel with the butt facing outward and not pointing at the officers. 


A Mecklenburg County judge has ordered the release of the full 11-minute body camera video related to the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin last month.


Updated April 25, 2019 

On April 15, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released body-camera video from an officer-involved shooting from March 25. The shooting occurred in a Burger King parking lot in west Charlotte.

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Tuesday night Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney met with members of the public not to talk at people, but to listen. 

Monday, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department released body-camera video from an officer involved shooting from about three weeks ago. The shooting occurred in a Burger King parking lot in west Charlotte. Officer Wende Kerl , a white police officer, encountered 27-year-old Danquris Franklin, a black man. CMPD says Officer Kerl perceived a lethal threat when she fatally shot Franklin.


Updated: 7:50 p.m.

Video of the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin on March 25 shows that he did have a gun, but it appears it was not pointed at officers or a person next to him.

Earlier today ahead of the video's release, Mayor Vi Lyles was emotional as she addressed the media Monday morning, ahead of the release of body-cam footage capturing the March 25 fatal shooting of Danquirs Franklin by CMPD Officer Wende Kerl at a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road in west Charlotte