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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Local News
10:08 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Charlotte Home Teaches Former Sex Trafficking Victims To Market Their Minds

The Market Your Mind home in East Charlotte opened in November 2013 to provide housing for teens and young women trying to leave the sex industry.
Tasnim Shamma

Human trafficking has been a hot topic in Charlotte recently, but it's certainly not a new phenomenon. Just ask U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins:

"We've had human trafficking in the city of Charlotte for decades. What we haven't done is recognized it. What we haven't done is mobilized to do something about it."

There are now a handful of local groups doing something about it. One group, Market Your Mind Not Your Body, is trying to fight human trafficking with a group home in east Charlotte. The group focuses on helping sex workers leave their pimps.


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Local News
10:27 am
Thu October 30, 2014

NPR Presents: Voting Rights Or Wrongs?

NPR's Michel Martin hosted a discussion on voting rights with Mecklenburg County Board of Elections director Michael G. Dickerson, Janai Nelson of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, Hans A. van Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and NPR correspondent Pam Fessler.
Credit Jennifer Lang

North Carolina's new voting law has been a hot topic of discussion—and litigation—this election year. 

The law reduced the number of early voting days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting, and did away with the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. In 2016, voter ID is scheduled to take effect. 

This week, the law was the subject of a public forum hosted by NPR's Michel Martin. We'll now hear some voices from that event. You'll hear from the four panelists first. 

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Election 2014
4:19 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Hillary Clinton Campaigns For Senator Kay Hagan On Early Voting Tour

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns for Senator Kay Hagan during Hagan's early voting tour of the state on Saturday.
Tasnim Shamma

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Senator Kay Hagan on Saturday in Charlotte on Hagan's "early voting tour."

About 2,000 people showed up to hear Clinton speak at the Charlotte Convention Center. Clinton urged women to vote and said there need to be more women like Senator Kay Hagan in Washington.

Twelfth Congressional District Candidate Alma Adams of Greensboro was the warm-up act. She said Republican extremists have taken over the state legislature. She called state House Speaker Thom Tillis an "Uncle Tom." 

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Local News
9:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Monroe Discusses Community Relations At Town Hall

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Police departments and their relationships with their communities are under scrutiny in the aftermath of a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a forum on Tuesday, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe outlined a few of his plans to build relationships with communities.


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Crime
1:28 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Patrick Cannon Sentenced To 44 Months In Federal Prison

Cannon was released on bond after his sentencing hearing. He was represented by attorneys Henderson Hill and James Ferguson.
Tasnim Shamma

This morning, Patrick Cannon walked into the Federal Courthouse Uptown and was sentenced to 44 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution and a $10,000 fine. The former Charlotte mayor pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. WFAE’s Tom Bullock was in the courtroom.


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Local News
8:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Mecklenburg County Issues First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsley got married outside the Register of Deed's office on Monday morning.
Tasnim Shamma

The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds issued its first marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday morning. About a dozen couples lined up before the office opened at 8 o'clock. This comes after a federal judge in Asheville ruled on Friday the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.


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Local News
9:18 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Charlotte Muslims Rush To Sacrifice Goats In York County On Eid Holiday

Outside the Halal International slaughterhouse in York, South Carolina.
Tasnim Shamma

This weekend, Muslims celebrated Eid-al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It also honors Prophet Abraham's obedience to God in his willingness to sacrifice his son.

So part of the holiday involves slaughtering an animal - like a cow or a goat - to then distribute the meat to relatives and the poor. For one local farm in York County, South Carolina, the holiday is the busiest day of the year.


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Local News
5:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

H.S. Shooting Victim In Stable Condition; Student Charged With Assault

Stanly County Board of Education Offices.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A 16-year-old Albemarle High School student is in the hospital after being shot twice on Tuesday morning, just before school started.

After shooting the student, the shooter immediately dropped the gun and turned himself in to the principal's office.

  

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Local News
11:10 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Cutting Handmade Goat Milk Soap On Local Farm Tours

Wish We Had Acres is a goat and herb farm in South Charlotte. It participated on the Know Your Farms Tour for the first time this year.
Tasnim Shamma

Since 2009, a group called Know Your Farms has been organizing tours of local farms in the Charlotte area. Their mission is to promote local organic food and connect people to the farmers who live near them.

There aren't many farms in Mecklenburg County. But one of the few remaining farms is in south Charlotte called "Wish We Had Acres" and it's a goat farm. It was the only farm in Charlotte on the "Know Your Farms Tour" this weekend.


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Crime
8:22 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

S.C. Trooper Fires Four Bullets At A Traffic Stop For Seatbelt Violation

A dash-cam video shows former state trooper Sean Groubert firing at Levar Jones in front of a Shell Gas station.
Credit The Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office

A former South Carolina Highway Patrol officer was arrested on Wednesday. The trooper was charged with assault for shooting at a man four times during a routine traffic stop.

The man was pulled over in front of a gas station in Columbia, South Carolina earlier this month for not wearing his seatbelt.

A three-minute dash-cam video of the shooting was released by prosecutors late Wednesday night.


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