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 October 24, 2014

WFAE Talks: Politics And Rollercoasters

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North Carolina's U.S. Senate race has been judged to be the most negative race in the country. Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss that race. The gang also discuss rollercoasters, a conversation inspired by Lisa's behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Fury 325 at Carowinds.

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Local News
5:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Amateur Sports Developer Still Trying To Secure Funding

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Nearly a year after negotiations began with the city of Charlotte, the company aiming to redevelop Bojangles Arena into an amateur sports complex is still trying to secure financing, according to a staff update to the city council’s economic development committee Friday.

The city has been in discussions with the developer, GoodSports, since last December. Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes says the city is just performing due diligence.

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WFAE Talks
2:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WFAE Talks: Patrick Cannon, Charter School Profits, Airport Control

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the sentencing of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon and his request for leniency. They also discuss the different ways a businessman appears to benefit from four charter schools that are run by his for-profit management company. His personal and business relationships with the schools were the focus of this ProPublica story. Plus, the continuing squabble over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Local News
4:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Bank of America Breaks Almost Even Despite Big Settlement

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Bank of America broke roughly even in its third quarter earnings, despite paying part of the massive, more than $16 billion settlement with the federal government over mortgage fraud that helped spur the financial crisis.


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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.
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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
4:53 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Judge Rules In City's Favor, Blocks Airport Commission

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A North Carolina judge has ruled that the Charlotte City Council may continue managing Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The decision comes after 16 months of wrangling between city officials and state lawmakers over who will control the airport. Nevertheless, the victory is not final.


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Local News
5:54 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Judge Will Rule On Control Of Charlotte Airport Next Week

The Charlotte airport commission has been meeting, since a state law formed it last year, but it has no power, while the lawsuit runs its course.
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The State of North Carolina faced off against the City of Charlotte in court today, once again, about who should control Charlotte-Douglas airport. A decision in the more-than-a-year-long case is imminent.


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Local News
8:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Top Talking Points And New Discussions In Third Senate Debate

Kay Hagan, Sean Haugh, Thom Tillis
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North Carolina Senate candidates met in Wilmington last night, for the final of three scheduled debates before the election. The candidates largely stuck to the talking points and attacks, which have become familiar during earlier debates and the 64,000 TV ads bought for the election.

Hagan criticized the state tax overhaul and budget, which Tillis oversaw, while Tillis hammered Hagan’s voting record as almost entirely aligned with President Obama.


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Local News
9:34 am
Fri October 3, 2014

NC Utilities Give Glimpse Of Opposition To U.S. Carbon Rule

Duke Energy's Buck coal plant in Rowan County
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Opposition is already shaping up to the Environmental Protection Agency rule that, if enacted, would be the first to limit how much carbon the nation’s existing power plants can emit into the air. At the Making Energy Work conference in Uptown Charlotte on Thursday, North Carolina utilities gave an early glimpse of the grounds on which they oppose the rule.

“We’re not sure that it can be implemented as written,” Duke Energy senior vice president Dwight Jacobs said during a panel discussion at the event.

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Local News
6:33 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Murdock Doubles Down On Kannapolis Research Center

The rotunda in the David H. Murdock Research Institute.
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The billionaire owner of Dole Foods will pour yet more millions of dollars into the Kannapolis research center he founded six years ago. David Murdock announced Tuesday an endowment of $15 million a year, in perpetuity, to his self-named institute. He hopes it will reignite his vision of a hub for life-changing food research.


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