Ben Bradford


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.


WFAE Talks
5:59 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

WFAE Talks: Film Incentives, Airport Politics, Cowell's Alternative Investments

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The producers of Cinemax's "Banshee" are moving production from Charlotte to New Orleans. The reason: North Carolina's revised - and much smaller - film industry incentives program isn't competitive.

We'll also discuss the latest in Charlotte airport politics and Tom Bullock's 2-part series that examines how Treasurer Janet Cowell is investing the state's pension fund.

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Local News
7:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Charlotte And Raleigh Lead U.S. In Projected Population Growth

The report's overview map of global urban growth.
Credit UN World Urbanization Prospects Report, 2014 Update

North Carolina’s two largest urban centers—Charlotte and Raleigh—will grow faster than any other large cities in the U.S. over the next fifteen years, according to a projection from a new United Nations study of world population growth.

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Local News
10:03 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Shoddy Paperwork At Charlotte-Douglas, Say New Reports

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Charlotte-Douglas airport’s calling card has long been low cost for airlines. CLT is the cheapest of the nation’s 25 largest airports for airlines to drop or collect passengers.  The airport moves more passengers using less space than any other, and employs less than half the average number of employees. But, according to reports released today, that thriftiness is creating its own costs: mishandled contracts and payments from a lack of oversight.

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Obama Promises Retaliation Against ISIL For Slain American Journalist

During his speech, President Barack Obama said, "our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader strategy to protect our people and support our partners to take the fight to ISIL."
Credit Tasnim Shamma

President Barack Obama visited Charlotte today to speak at the American Legion’s annual national convention. The president justified air strikes in Iraq against the group ISIL, which has taken over large territories of the country.

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Local News
11:35 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Cow Manure "Overflowing" At Haywood County Farm

PETA posted a video Tuesday showing alleged abuse at Osborne Farm
Credit PETA

The state environmental agency has cited a dairy farm near Asheville for allowing waste from cows to overflow, days after the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused the farm of mistreating its cows.

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Local News
5:33 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

City Proposes Land Swap With Duke Energy

A diagram of how the environmental recycling company Charah would have sealed the ash under the runway.
Credit Charah

The City of Charlotte has rejected a Duke Energy proposal to use coal ash to grade land at Charlotte Douglas airport. Instead, city officials have presented a counter offer.

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Local News
5:04 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Sheriffs Successfully Push For E-Cigarettes In Prisons

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Governor Pat McCrory signed the last bill remaining on his desk into law Monday night. It allows jails and prisons to sell e-cigarettes to inmates. WFAE’s Ben Bradford reports North Carolina sheriffs advocated for the change.

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Local News
5:43 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Brazilian Companies Bid For Chiquita

Credit Jeremy Brooks

Since March, Banana giant Chiquita has been preparing to merge with Fyffes, an Irish fruit company, to become the world’s largest banana seller. Today, Chiquita received an unsolicited, enticing offer from two Brazilian companies, which could potentially derail the deal.

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WFAE Talks
4:37 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

WFAE Talks: Art Pope Resignation, Education Funding Changes, Hunger Games, Nick de la Canal

This week, Governor McCrory choked up when he announced the resignation of Budget Director Art Pope. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss Pope's influence in the McCrory administration.

Lisa explains how lawmakers significantly changed how the state decides to fund school system enrollment growth.

Plus, we say goodbye to our summer intern, Nick de la Canal. Nick also talks about his story about unwelcome visitors to the Burke County property where the Hunger Games was filmed.

WFAE Talks, recorded Aug. 8, 2014.

Local News
2:01 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Warm Weather, Higher Rates Bolster Duke Energy Profits In Q2

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Duke Energy earned more than $600 million in its second quarter this year, 80 percent more than last year.

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