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
9:48 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Rediscovered NC/SC Border Causes Headache For Some

The chart shows the various surveys of the North Carolina/South Carolina border.
Credit South Carolina Boundary Commission

For the first time since James Madison was president, surveyors have finished demarcating the border between North Carolina and South Carolina. Now, the two states are trying to deal with the repercussions of that knowledge.


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Science & Environment
3:45 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Contaminated Asheville Well Fuels Coal Ash Debate

Satellite view of the Asheville Plant and the French Broad River (left).
Credit Google Earth

State water regulators have identified a well near Asheville with contaminated drinking water and have indicated it likely comes from waste leaking from a Duke Energy coal plant. At the same time, the state and environmental organizations are caught up in a lawsuit with Duke over exactly this issue—coal plants contaminating groundwater and rivers, including in the Asheville and Charlotte regions. 

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to unpack what the one contaminated well signifies for Duke, the state, environmentalists, and water drinkers around North Carolina.

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Local News
9:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Duke Plans Minimal Increase To Renewable Energy Over 15 Years

Duke's projected breakdown of energy capacity by fuel type in 2014 and 2028. This is the company's "base case," without changes in existing regulations.
Credit North Carolina Utilities Commission

Over the next 15 years, Duke Energy plans to increase how much it relies on renewable energy only modestly—from 1 percent next year to just 2 percent in 2028. The utility is concentrating on natural gas.

This is part of Duke’s annual filing with state regulators, where the utility maps out how it plans to provide energy to North Carolina customers.

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Local News
4:23 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Accounting Tricks Keep MeckLINK In The Black, Out Of State Hands

The map of the state's 11 managed care organizations, as planned in October 2012, during a statewide reorganization. Mecklenburg County is the only county to run its own organization.
Credit North Carolina General Assembly

In the waning moments of a year-long battle with the state over its mental health services agency, MeckLINK, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners has approved some accounting tricks to maintain its leverage over the agency’s fate.


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Technology & Digital Life
5:39 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Tech Company Yodle Expands In Charlotte

Employees gather outside at the opening of Yodle's new offices in Charlotte.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The online marketing firm Yodle plans to double its Charlotte workforce to about 250 people. The company opened its new offices today in the University area with room to hold the new employees. That may seem unremarkable, but it is unusual for Charlotte.


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Local News
9:57 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Meth Lab Busts On The Rise

Methamphetamine
Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

In the early 2000s, North Carolina experienced a surge in meth use. The state combated that surge by restricting the sale of Sudafed and other over-the-counter drugs that contain precursors for meth. The numbers fell in the middle of the decade, but began creeping up almost immediately—157 meth lab busts in 2007, 235 in 2010, up to 460 last year.


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Science & Environment
10:42 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

State Releases Final Proposed Coal Ash Settlement With Duke

The Riverbend Steam Station
Credit Duke Energy

State water regulators and Duke Energy want to wrap up a lawsuit over possible contamination to rivers that feed water supplies for Asheville and Charlotte. The state released a final proposed settlement Tuesday, but environmental groups say it lacks teeth.

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Technology & Digital Life
10:04 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Banks Get Closer To An Actual, 'Automated Teller'

Bank of America's new ATM allows a virtual teller to speak with the user.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

ATMs first appeared on street corners more than four decades ago and their basic function has remained relatively the same since.

“It’s like a bank that never closes,” a commercial for United California Bank announced in the 1980s, when ATMs were growing more common. “It makes your life a little easier, because anytime, any day of the year, it takes deposits and gives you cash.”

But to save on cost and attract a younger, plugged-in generation of customers, banks are finding new uses for the ATM that will change how we get our money.

WFAE's Ben Bradford reports on new ATMs and branches, and speaks with a "virtual teller."

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Local News
6:04 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mecklenburg's 'Exemplary' Survey Results Based On Suggestive Questions

The 2013 Mecklenburg County Community Survey gave the county government high marks for public perception of their services.
Credit Mecklenburg County

How would you rate the services Mecklenburg County provides compared to the taxes you pay? A new survey by the county would have you believe that people in the county overwhelmingly approve of it, but the survey has some flaws.


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A Trifling Place
5:11 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 12: All The Queen's Cats

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.


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