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
5:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

WFAE Talks: Poet Controversy, Sales Tax Legislation, Signage Morass

Heading into the week, we knew that topics like the budget, Common Core and teacher pay raises would be Statehouse news. We didn't expect a controversy to emerge over Governor McCrory's choice for poet laureate, who resigned Thursday evening. Greg, Lisa and Ben will discuss.

They will also discuss Senate legislation to cap the local sales tax in all counties. The bill would effectively kill a referendum on November's ballot that asks Mecklenburg County voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax hike that would go toward CMS pay raises, arts groups, CPCC and the library system.

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Local News
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Biggest Meal Ever

One thousand tables are arranged in the Charlotte Convention Center for the dinner.
Lewis McQuarrie WFAE

Thursday night at the Charlotte Convention Center, the city hosted the largest sit-down dinner in its history, and probably the state’s.

“There’s not a bigger facility than this in North Carolina, so it would be hard to think of them serving a bigger meal anywhere else,” says Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority CEO Tom Murray.

More than 10,000 members of the black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, who have been in town celebrating their biennial Boulé all week, sat for a meal.

Listen to a snapshot of the event.

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Local News
7:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Dan River Dredging Finished, Less Than 10 Percent Of Ash Removed

A plume of coal ash swirls in the Dan River, during the February spill.
Credit Appalachian Voices

Duke Energy announced it has finished actively cleaning coal ash from the Dan River, a little less than six months after a massive spill turned the water gray. The bulk of the ash will remain in the river.

Between 30,000 and 40,000 tons of ash, containing heavy metals including arsenic and lead, spilled into the river in February. It flowed down the Dan River, collecting in pockets on its banks and bottom.

Duke has dredged three main areas—next to the spill site, from the water treatment plants of cities downriver, and, the largest, near a dam outside the city of Danville.

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Local News
12:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Legal Bills Hurt Bank Of America Again In Q2

Credit Julie Rose / WFAE

Bank of America announced its second quarter earnings Wednesday morning. The nation’s second-largest bank returned to earning a profit, but missed analysts’ expectations, as it still feels the effect of bad mortgages.


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Local News
8:21 am
Wed July 16, 2014

NC Fracking Comment Period Begins

The controversial oil and gas extraction process known as fracking took another step toward legalization in North Carolina Tuesday.

The state formally opened a public comment period, a time when anyone can officially weigh in on the rules that will ultimately govern fracking.

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Local News
9:21 am
Tue July 15, 2014

NC Senate Unanimously Opposes House Coal Ash Changes

The North Carolina House and Senate have found another area of disagreement to go along with the budget. One of the legislature’s top priorities—a bill to address coal ash—failed to advance to the governor’s desk Monday night.


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Local News
9:33 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Charlotte Officials Try To Put Up A Sign

The signs in question.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

How many people does it take to put up a sign? In Charlotte, the answer is a city councilman, the city manager, and a multi-departmental government task force.

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Local News
2:17 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

World Cup Fandom Hurts GDP Growth, UNCC Economist Finds

Credit adidas.com

Two soccer powerhouses, Germany and Argentina, will compete this weekend in the World Cup final. The tournament is the most watched sporting event on Earth, but that passion may have negative economic ramifications, a UNC-Charlotte economist has found.

  

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WFAE Talks
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA

WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.

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Local News
8:20 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Charlotte's Under The Radar, $80M 911 Center

CMPD is outgrowing its current 911 call center.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte has undertaken several large capital projects in recent years, including the streetcar, the Blue Line Extension, and the transformation of Bojangles Arena into an amateur sports complex. One of the largest has received comparatively little attention: a new, $80 million emergency communications center, which also fits into a larger effort to upgrade an aging 911 system.

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