Tasnim Shamma

Reporter

Tasnim Shamma joined WFAE as a reporter in August 2012. Before that, she spent a year as a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered and the National Desk in Washington, D.C. She also spent three months at NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom. She graduated from Princeton's Class of 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian. She worked as a video intern, copy editor and reporter at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek in New York City and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She grew up in Queens, New York and looks forward to new adventures in Charlotte.

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Crime
9:24 am
Mon July 21, 2014

CMPD Considers Renewing Gang Injunction In Hidden Valley

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department named Wendell McCain (in red) and Cordell Blair (far right) as defendants in their injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings that prohibit them from being next to each other.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Last summer, a judge issued an injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings in north Charlotte.

That made Mecklenburg the first county in the state to implement a new law that allows judges to order suspected gang members not to associate with each other in public, possess a gun or be near anyone carrying drugs or firearms.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police say the injunction has reduced crime in Hidden Valley and it will soon expire. But, they're not sure if they're going to ask for an extension.


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Arts & Life
6:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

On Q Performing Arts Receives Grant That Will Double Its Budget

Charlotte's only African-American theater company, On Q, has received a $105,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will more than double its budget.

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Crime
8:28 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Panthers’ Hardy Guilty Of Assault

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks to court Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, to face charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at his residence in May.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Tuesday night, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and communicating threats to an ex-girlfriend in May.

Hardy was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and 60 days of jail time if he violated probation. But a district judge stayed his sentence while Hardy appeals his conviction.

Twelve witnesses took the stand during a trial that lasted ten hours and wrapped up around 9 o'clock.

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Local News
8:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Teaching Farmers How To Farm In Concord

Joe Rowland joined Lomax as a farmer-in-training in 2010. He now owns an 18-acre poultry and produce farm in Gold Hill.
Tasnim Shamma

Say you want to become a farmer. If you didn't grow up on a farm, where do you start? In Cabarrus County, you can go to farm school.

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was launched in 2009 to give first-generation farmers an opportunity to learn the trade.

And earlier this month, it was the subject of a funding controversy that led to the organic farm being shut down for a week in the middle of the growing season.

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Crime
5:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Man Shot By Stray Bullet On July 4 Is In Fair Condition

Sopheap Kim and her husband Brandon Yam with three of their children - Randy, Kelli and Christian.
Credit Courtesy of Chanda Yam Wilson

The family of Brandon Yam, the man who was shot in the head by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, says he may be released from the hospital this week.

Family members are asking for any information that will help them identify the kind of bullet that struck him.


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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Salisbury City Manager Booted After Closed Session

The entrance to Salisbury's City Hall building in Rowan County.
Tasnim Shamma

The city of Salisbury now has an interim city manager. That's because two weeks ago, city council members effectively fired former city manager Doug Paris.

The city's communications director resigned the next day.

  

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Religion
9:24 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hip-Hop Church Targets Young Crowd With Gospel Beats

GeneratiONE Church Charlotte pastor Quinn Rodgers preaches from a first-person perspective, narrating the Old Testament story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac.
Tasnim Shamma

It's fair to say that – at least in Charlotte – it's not news when a church opens. But a new church in Huntersville is doing something different to get young people in the door. It's using hip-hop to deliver its message.

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Transportation
4:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Study Shows I-77 Toll Lane Trip Could Top Out At $11

A graphic from a 2012 study commissioned by NCDOT shows congestion during the morning hours between WT Harris Boulevard and Gilead Road.
Credit Stantec/NCDOT

A 2012 study indicates a trip between uptown Charlotte and Mooresville on an express toll lane could cost between $9 to $11 during rush hour.

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Arts & Life
5:02 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre Will Close This Month

Credit CAST

After more than two decades in Charlotte, the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre is shutting down because of declining ticket sales and continuing financial challenges.


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History
9:13 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Juneteenth Festival Focuses On Celebration, Education

A passageway labeled Juneteenth marks the end of the black history exhibit at the Juneetenth Festival of the Carolinas at Independence Park.
Tasnim Shamma

Thousands gathered at Independence Park in Charlotte this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth. That's short for June 19th. The date back in 1865, it's believed, that the last remaining black slaves learned that they were free.  


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