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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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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Local News
5:07 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Duke's Most Efficient Plant Not Efficient Enough For EPA Rule

An infographic of the Edwardsport plant's coal gasification process. Duke calls the Edwardsport plant one of the most efficient in the world, but it still emits carbon at a level that exceeds the new EPA rule.
Credit Duke Energy

Duke’s Edwardsport plant in Indiana is a “coal gasification” plant, meaning the coal gets turned into a gas and some of the pollutants get filtered out, before moving into the turbine.  Company spokesman Chad Eaton says it is the most efficient coal plant in the country, since opening this summer. But, even it would surpass the limit the EPA announced today on the amount of emissions new coal power plants will be able to release.

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Cannon Beats Mitchell, Will Face Peacock; Other Council Seats Set

Patrick Cannon shook hands with supporters after winning the mayoral primary.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The final matchup for Charlotte mayor took shape Tuesday night. Patrick Cannon beat fellow city councilman James Mitchell in the Democratic primary. Cannon and the Republican nominee, former city councilman Edwin Peacock, will face off in the general election. Several other city council seats are also set.

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Politics
7:24 am
Tue September 10, 2013

A Quick Primary Rundown

Today is primary election day. The election season has been relatively low-key, since no federal or state offices are up for grabs. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey on Mondayfor a quick look at the races for Charlotte mayor and City Council.

RUMSEY: First, recap the race for mayor.

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Local News
11:15 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Dismal Turnout Expected For Primary Elections

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Early voting is underway for Charlotte’s electoral primaries—it ends Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Then, polls open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning and close at 7:30 p.m. in the evening. Local primaries traditionally have dismal turnout. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections reports that, through Wednesday, about 3,000 people have taken part in early voting, about double the total in 2011, but still less than a tenth of the number in 2012’s presidential primaries.

  


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Local News
7:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Democratic Mayoral Candidates Debate Before Primary

Charlotte’s mayoral primaries are a little less than a week away. Four Democrats and two Republicans will vie on the ballot to replace former mayor Anthony Foxx. Today, the Democratic candidates met for a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters. WFAE’s Ben Bradford attended the debate, and he joined All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey for an overview of those candidates.


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Sports
11:43 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

49ers Football Kicks Off With 52-7 Win

The UNC-Charlotte 49ers enter Jerry Richardson stadium for their first-ever game.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

UNC Charlotte officially has a football team. The 49ers started their legacy with a 52-7 trouncing of the Campbell Camels on Saturday. The score was the cherry on top for fans just glad to have a team.


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Local News
9:21 am
Fri August 30, 2013

A Convoluted Appeals System For Mental Health Patients

Last year, North Carolina changed how it provides mental health care for those on Medicaid. The state put 11 regional organizations, called MCOs, in charge and gave them less money to work with. So, cuts to care were expected.

About half of these MCOs, including MeckLINK in Charlotte, have denied upward of 20 percent of requests for care, according to self-reported data from the organizations. Patients can appeal, but North Carolina has made the process far more difficult.


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Sports
10:12 am
Thu August 29, 2013

49ers Football Ready To Launch

Freshman Nick Carroll (#91) runs at fellow defensive ends, junior Devon Johnson (#96) and red-shirt freshman James Middleton (#92) during a drill at Tuesday's practice.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Amidst the running, the hitting, the yelling, and the whistles of practice, is the occasionally cry of “Game Week!”

The UNC Charlotte 49ers football team is excited. The team plays its first game on Saturday, at home, against the Campbell Camels, more than five years after the school’s Board of Trustees approved the program. The team has been practicing for more than a year. Wide receiver Mikel Hunter says he’s looking forward to just playing against someone who’s not on his own team.

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Arts & Life
11:27 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Cities Dating Cities

Credit Sister Cities International

Charlotte has eight “sister cities” on four continents. How do sister cities find each other in the first place? WFAE’s Ben Bradford looked into it, and he reports it’s less like growing up with siblings, and more like dating.


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