Ben Bradford

Reporter

Ben Bradford is a city kid, who came to Charlotte from San Francisco by way of New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Prior to his career in journalism, Ben spent time as an actor, stuntman, viral marketer, and press secretary for a Member of Congress. He graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in theater and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. As a reporter, his work has been featured on NPR, WNYC, the BBC, and Public Radio International.

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WFAE Talks
5:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WFAE Talks Charter School Troubles, Dollar Deals

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Education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the problems a few charter schools have had in staying open. In the last year, three Charlotte area charter schools have closed within their first year of operation, the most recent being Entrepreneur High School this month.

Ben Bradford discusses the Dollar Tree's purchase of Matthews-based Family Dollar. He also reveals his interest in exchanging his office chair for a stability ball.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

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The Great Recession hobbled the U.S. economy and crushed many businesses, but some companies thrived, including the so-called "dollar" stores.

Shoppers flocked to them because you could buy a lot with not much money. And as the economy rebounds, people are still going to some. But one chain, Family Dollar, hasn't kept pace with its competitors.

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Local News
3:41 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Fund Opens For Low-Income Duke Customers To Receive Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Lower-income customers of Duke Energy in North Carolina can now apply for energy-saving upgrades to their homes. A $20 million program funded by Duke Energy opened this week, the result of a deal Duke agreed to when it last raised rates.


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Local News
10:01 am
Fri January 16, 2015

This Week's Troubles Heighten Scrutiny Of Amateur Sports Deal

A drawing of the proposed amateur sports complex, with hotel and fieldhouse.
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This week, while problems with two of Charlotte’s major economic development deals held the spotlight, the City Council also considered entering a third. The council’s economic development committee met Thursday to discuss creating an amateur sports complex in east Charlotte. But after this week’s turmoil, there were plenty of skeptics.


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Local News
6:27 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

New Transit Needs New Revenue, Says Charlotte Mayor

Mayor Dan Clodfelter gives the State of the City address.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte will need to come up with more money for transit projects, Mayor Dan Clodfelter announced during his State of the City speech Tuesday morning. The city has proposed future extension of the street car and possible rail and bus lines to the north and southeast. But Clodfelter says the state won’t support those projects as it has in the past.


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Local News
12:59 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Liberal Advocacy Group Files Ethics Complaint Against McCrory

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A liberal advocacy group in North Carolina has filed a formal ethics complaint against Governor Pat McCrory. Progress NC is accusing the governor of failing to disclose financial ties to corporations. It’s the latest, and most formal, in a series of accusations from the group.


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WFAE Talks
5:33 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

WFAE Talks CMS Emails, New Grading Scale, Old-School Video Games

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After a 3-week hiatus, our WFAE Talks podcast returns. Greg, Lisa and Ben talk CMS documents released in response to a public records request related to the forced resignation of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. They also discuss a new 10-point grading scale, the popularity of retro video games, and the politics of those silly sports bets politicians make with their counterparts in other cities.

Local News
5:22 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Big Games Give Pols A Chance To Score With Voters

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter laid out the terms of his bet with Seattle mayor Ed Murray on the field at Panthers Stadium.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has more than just a berth in the NFC Championship on the line in Saturday’s Panthers-Seahawks playoff game. Politicians have bet regional goods on their teams. Let’s take a much-too-serious look at the friendly wagers.


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Local News
7:56 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Retro Video Games: A Link To The Past

The entrance to Save Point Video Games, and the store's official vehicle--an autocycle.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Many children of a certain generation have a warm place in their heart for classic Nintendo games like Mario and Zelda. As adults, they’re spending to rediscover it.


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Local News
6:30 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Charlotte Strikes Deal To Waive Debt From NASCAR Hall Of Fame

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Charlotte officials have struck a deal to forgive roughly $20 million in debt the city owes for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Billed as an economic boon, the facility has never broken even since it opened in 2010, and has failed to pay off its original loans.


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