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
7:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why We Disbelieve Science, Consider Conspiracies

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Fluoridated water reduces cavities, as scientific studies have repeatedly shown. Yet for decades, public health and government officials have had to defend fluoride in public drinking water, against at-times outlandish conspiracy theories. It’s a battle currently playing out in Charlotte. WFAE’s Ben Bradford examines why we have trouble believing the science.

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Local News
3:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Charter School Closing After 20 Days. Cost To State: $285,170

Concrete Roses STEM Academy in East Charlotte will have its last school day on Friday, September 19.
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A Charlotte charter school is closing its doors less than three weeks after opening, leaving 126 students to find a new school.

Parents of students at Concrete Roses STEM Academy got their first hint of trouble earlier this week.

"Everybody got the same call or e-mail that there was an emergency board meeting," says Shirley Brooks.

Her granddaughter, Taylor, is a fourth-grader at the K-12 school, which closes Friday.

"I had no idea that this could happen on a new school like this. I had no idea," Brooks says.

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Local News
5:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Duke Energy Plans Major Solar Expansion In North Carolina

A Strata Solar project in Cleveland County. The company will sell a 65-megawatt project planned near Jacksonville, N.C. to Duke Energy.
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The nation’s largest power company will also be one of the largest solar providers. Duke Energy wrapped up six months of shopping for solar projects today, and announced it will increase its North Carolina capacity by more than a third. Despite the increase, solar remains a tiny fraction of overall generation.


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Local News
2:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Missing Water A Mystery For County Utility

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County water officials have a bit of a mystery on their hands: the case of the missing 20 million gallons of water. Sunday afternoon workers noticed that a pump, which propels that amount of water per day into a water tank, is still operating. But it is not ending up in the water tank.


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WFAE Talks
3:15 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WFAE Talks: Duke Rate Challenge, Mergers, Social Media

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This week's show focuses on Attorney General Roy Cooper's latest challenge of a Duke Energy rate increase, two Charlotte companies that are the focus of takeover bids and social media. WFAE's social media coordinator, Katie Herzog, joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford to discuss viral audio and some of WFAE's social media efforts.

Local News
6:08 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Slew Of Mergers Not Unique To Charlotte

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The discount chain Dollar General officially launched a hostile takeover bid for Matthews-based rival Family Dollar today. Ten miles up the road, banana giant Chiquita signed an agreement to open its books to Cutrale-Safra—a collaboration of Brazilian companies—which threatened a hostile takeover. The merger battles are part of a larger, post-recession economic trend.


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Local News
9:09 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Duke Energy Rate Increases In NC Supreme Court Again

The North Carolina Supreme Court is once again pondering how much you pay on your electric bill. The court heard oral arguments Monday about whether state regulators adequately considered customer finances when approving rate increases for Duke Energy in 2011 and 2013.


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Local News
5:57 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Duke Projects Next 15 Years Of Power

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Every year, Duke Energy submits a plan to state regulators, showing how it will continue to supply power to the Carolinas over the next 15 years. It projects how the energy mix will change, what new power plants the company intends to build—how much will come from solar, wind, or coal. The most recent plan is out, and WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey for a quick survey of how Duke sees the energy landscape in 2029.


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Local News
5:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Icahn Exits, Family Dollar Considers Rival Bids

Credit Courtesy of Carl Icahn's Twitter page

The future of Family Dollar is uncertain—it’s in the midst of a bidding war as its board of directors decides whether to sell the company to Dollar Tree or Dollar General. But this much is certain: The billionaire investor who helped spur this pending ownership change is now cashing in.


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Local News
2:49 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Environmental Groups File More Coal Ash Lawsuits

The Southern Environmental Law Center's new lawsuits target pollution at the Buck Steam Station in Rowan County (pictured), the Cape Fear Plant, and the H.F. Lee Plant.
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Environmental groups launched new lawsuits today against Duke Energy for pollution from the company’s coal ash ponds in North Carolina, adding more strands to a tangled web of litigation between Duke, environmental groups and state regulators.


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