Business reporter Rose leaves NPR station
Julie Rose, a business and economics reporter for WFAE, a National Public Radio station in Charlotte, left the station on Friday for personal reasons.
Kevin Kniestedt of the station interviewed her on the air:
Kevin: So why are you leaving us?
Julie: Well, it’s family. I’m from out west. Provo, Utah to be exact. And my mother and father and three of my siblings and all of their children have decided to stay there right in our hometown, and you know how magnetic that can be. So it’s time for me to go spend some time and be supportive of them.
Kevin: Well your official title is Money and Influence Reporter, but that hardly scratches the surface ofwhat you’ve covered during your time at WFAE. When you look back, what story or stories that you’ve covered really stand out to you.
Julie: You know, I actually had a hand in naming that beat, because I wanted to do more than just be a business reporter. I think the most interesting thing about what I’ve covered is the intersection between political influence, public policy and money. So I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the reporting that I’ve done on the nature of economic incentives, whether for film or other business that have come to town. And I’ve also been able to really enjoy the reporting I’ve been able to do on the fascinating saga at the airport, and all the ins and outs, and the back story behind that has been really rewarding. Just the fact that I’ve been able to do those kinds of stories is one of the reasons why WFAE has been such a rewarding place for me to work. I’ve been given the opportunity to shape my beat in the way that most excites me so I can tell stories that I really love and I am interested in. And also just the way that Charlotte is such a great place for reporters like us because there are so many important things happening on a political level and a business level. It’s just a growing city. Charlotte has been really good to me.
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