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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Local News
9:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

NC Drastically Cuts Enforcement Of Top Water Pollutant

Sediment lost into a stream from a construction site.
Credit North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

North Carolina has taken measures since the 1970s to control the top water contaminant in the state, the dirt that pours into rivers and lakes from human activity. But a review of state records reveals a sharp drop-off in enforcement over the past five years and a series of warnings to lawmakers that have gone unheeded.


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WFAE Talks
2:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Political Tiffs And The Golden Nut

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Commissioner Pat Cotham wants to head the Mecklenburg County Commission again one year after her colleagues ousted her from the role. She believes the election results show people want her in charge, although it appears unlikely to happen. Greg, Lisa, and Ben also discuss why CMS board Chairwoman Mary McCray went out of her way to make clear that only one member of the board wanted former Superintendent Heath Morrison to keep his job. Plus, the intense competition for what's called the Golden Nut Award.

Local News
2:16 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Tree-mendous Haul For NC Forest Service

A northern red oak
Credit António Pena / Flickr

An unusual North Carolina Forest Service program has staff compete to collect tree seeds. After a fertile year, the service is touting the results.

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Local News
11:26 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Social Services: State Software Severely Stalls Assistance

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There are still major problems with new state software, which is supposed to speed up processing of government assistance claims.


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Local News
9:09 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Meck Commissioners Fight Familiar Battle For Chairmanship

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners
Credit charmeck.org

In two weeks, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will reconvene for a new session. Two new commissioners will sit at the dais at the Government Center, and they will need to pick a new chairman to lead them. The upcoming decision is reopening old wounds. 


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Local News
1:54 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

More Voters Get To The End Of The Ballot In 2014

Credit Mecklenburg County

In addition to electing new federal, state and local lawmakers, North Carolinians voted for 144 new judges, from the state’s Supreme Court down to district courts. Fewer people vote in these lower information, non-partisan, down ballot races—it’s called “roll-off”— but this year more people made it all the way through.

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Local News
9:56 am
Mon November 17, 2014

EPA Could Force Rethink Of NC Coal Ash Work

In Tennessee, work to remove ash from storage ponds at the Kingston Fossil Plant took years. The failure of the Kingston ponds spurred the EPA to begin writing rules for coal ash handling.
Credit Appalachian Voices

North Carolina lawmakers, regulators, and media have spent nine months considering what to do about coal ash, but an upcoming federal rule could nullify much of the planned clean-up.


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Local News
6:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Fracking Clears Penultimate Hurdle In North Carolina

A drilling rig in Colorado
Credit Jeff Foster / Flickr

North Carolina is now one step away from legalizing fracking. A state commission has spent the past two years writing a broad set of rules to cover how fracking will work in the state. The commission passed those rules Friday evening. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Duncan McFadyen to discuss.


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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Charlotte Asks FAA For Final Answer On Airport Control

The City of Charlotte has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to decide who will run Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The letter comes weeks after a judge ruled in the city’s favor that a state-created commission does not have authority to take control of the airport, unless the FAA approves it.

Charlotte’s city council has run the airport for 78 years.

City attorney Bob Hagemann says the city wants a final answer.

“There has been a cloud over the airport going on two years. We think it’s time to work hard to remove that cloud,” says Hagemann.

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Local News
9:09 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Rules For Fracking In NC Up For Vote

A well for fracking
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The controversial oil and gas extraction process known as fracking could take its second-to-last step toward legalization in North Carolina on Friday. A state body meets at 9 a.m. to finalize the rules that will govern fracking.


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