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
4:58 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Top Charlotte Execs Discuss Economy At Chamber Luncheon

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Leaders of some of the region’s largest companies have high hopes for the coming year. At the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook luncheon, CEOs of Bank of America and Duke Energy, among others, discussed the state of the economy, gas prices, health care, and regulation.


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Local News
6:47 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

McCrory Clashes With Associated Press

Credit Governor Pat McCrory

Governor Pat McCrory’s frosty relationship with the media got a little frostier this week. An Associated Press story on Tuesday accused McCrory of shady dealings with online mortgage company Tree.com. It alleges the governor received a payment while in office and took action that could benefit the company. McCrory’s office fired back against the story and the reporters.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined host Duncan McFadyen to sort through the back-and-forth.


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Local News
12:30 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Off-Shoring Company Cognizant Gets Tax Breaks To Expand In NC

In the 2013 fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Labor authorized Cognizant to apply for up to 1,300 H1-B and L-1 guest worker visas in North Carolina, the fourth-most of any company, according to data from the department.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

A major off-shoring company is expanding in North Carolina and receiving state incentives to do so. Last month, the North Carolina Governor’s Office announced Cognizant Technology Solutions, a Fortune 500 company, would create 500 high-paying jobs in North Carolina, including opening a new office in Charlotte.

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Local News
6:41 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Power Companies Reach Rooftop Solar Agreement In SC

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Electric utilities and solar energy developers across the U.S. have clashed over how much the utilities should have to pay for the energy supplied to them by homeowners with solar panels. In South Carolina, the sides reached an agreement Friday and both are claiming a win.


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Local News
8:43 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Duke Sees Challenges From Slow Energy Growth, Carbon Rules

A chart submitted to the North Carolina Utility Commission shows the mix of fuel Duke Energy Progress expects to add in the Carolinas over the next 15 years.
Credit Duke Energy

Slow energy demand and carbon emission cuts are putting major pressure on the power industry, a top Duke Energy executive said today. Chief Financial Officer Steve Young spoke at a Wells Fargo energy conference about challenges facing coal, solar, wind, and nuclear energy.


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Local News
8:18 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Anti-Profiling Measure Does Not Take Shape At Charlotte Council Meeting

After the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both unarmed black men killed by police officers, Charlotte lawmakers are once again re-evaluating how police interact with the minority communities they serve. The city council met Monday evening to consider a possible anti-racial profiling law, but what it would actually do is undecided.


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Local News
4:13 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Duke Energy Mulling Fracking Investment

A natural gas unit at Duke Energy's Sutton Plant near Wilmington came online at the end of 2013.
Credit Duke Energy

Duke Energy is exploring the option of entering the fracking business. While the company says it has not made any decisions, it would mark a departure from Duke’s usual operations.

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Local News
7:38 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Meck Commissioners Appoint Fuller As Chair In Heated Session

Supporters of Cotham held signs calling for her appointment to the commission chairmanship.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The new session for the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners kicked off Monday evening, but it was old divisions that dominated the meeting—starting with the election of the board’s chairman.


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Local News
12:28 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

The 3-Win Panthers Have An Unusual Shot At The Playoffs

Credit Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers are preparing to head to the frozen north this weekend to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Panthers haven’t won a game since early October, but find themselves in an unusual position for their record: They still control their own playoff destiny.


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Local News
4:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Week Traffic Overview

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Low gas prices and an improving economy have contributed to the projected busiest holiday travel in six years.


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