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
5:39 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

WFAE Talks: HBCUs, Fire Department Report, 'Outage Season'

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a report's findings on the Charlotte Fire Department. Plus, Ben talks about his visit to Duke Energy's coal-fired Marshall Steam Station.

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Local News
2:14 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Duke Feels The Effect Of Weather In Earnings

Duke's stock price as of 1:18 p.m. Friday.
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Cold weather helped and drought hurt Duke Energy’s earnings this quarter. The company announced its results today, which included the effects of its settlement with federal prosecutors and a changing customer base.


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Local News
9:14 am
Thu April 30, 2015

One Fifth Of Duke's North Carolina Power Down For 'Outage Season'

Workers have removed the casing from a generator at Duke Energy's Marshall Steam Station, as well as the magnet inside which spins to create electricity.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy has taken about a fifth of the power it can generate off-line in North Carolina, as part of what the energy industry calls “outage season.”


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Local News
9:11 am
Thu April 30, 2015

10 Guns Found At Charlotte Airport This Year

An assortment of weapons found at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Every week, as passengers step through the security line at the airport, the Transportation Security Administration finds dozens of guns, knives, and other exotic weapons.


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Local News
9:59 am
Thu April 23, 2015

NC Officials Warn Of Lost Federal Transportation Funds

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North Carolina lawmakers have made new funding for outdated transportation, especially repairing roads and bridges, a priority this year. But at the same time as the state is looking to ramp up, it could lose funding from Washington.

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Local News
5:29 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Drinking Wells Show Coal Ash Contaminants

Eighty-seven homes near Duke Energy coal ash ponds around North Carolina have well-water contaminated with heavy metals, according to state environmental regulators. 

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Local News
4:55 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Another Gas Tax Plan In NC House

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The top state House lawmaker on transportation issues has introduced a new bill to change how much customers pay in taxes at the pump. It’s at least the fourth proposal in as many months.


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Local News
4:46 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Charlotte Business Leaders Urge Tax Exemption For Airline Fuel

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Charlotte business leaders met in Ballantyne Friday to discuss transportation issues, including failing infrastructure and funding shortfalls. But the number one topic of conversation was a specific tax carve-out for American Airlines. 

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Local News
3:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Obama Takes Populist Message To Women Voters

Moderator Lisa Stone asks President Obama a question. Stone is a co-founder of BlogHer and chief community officer of SheKnows Media.
Tom Bullock WFAE

President Obama spoke with North Carolina women in blogging and social media. The event was part of a week-long, Tax Week pitch aimed at working women, and it comes as 2016 presidential candidates begin their campaigns.

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Local News
9:07 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Obama Pushing Tax Credits In Charlotte

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President Obama will visit Charlotte on Wednesday as part of a tax week push for two policies in his proposed budget. He is specifically targeting his message to working women.

The president has proposed expanding two tax credits that primarily affect lower- and middle-income families—the child care and earned income tax credits. He’ll try to tie those policies specifically to working women.

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