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
5:37 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Airport Commission To Discuss Orr's Role

The usual holiday bustle is picking up at Charlotte Douglas, but behind the scenes a power struggle between city and state lawmakers continues. A commission created by the state to run the airport meets for the second time tonight. It can’t do much yet, except self-destruct.

A judge has kept Charlotte Douglas in the hands of the city council and away from the commission, while a lawsuit makes its way through court.

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Local News
10:03 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Mecklenburg County Tasks New Manager With Changing Culture

New county manager Dena Diorio
Credit Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners have hired from within to replace long-time county manager Harry Jones. Assistant County Manager Dena Diorio landed the job last night, seven months after Jones’ firing initiated a national search for a new leader.


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Local News
5:43 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Film Industry Spending Dips Slightly, State Reports

The film industry contributed $250 million in direct spending to the North Carolina economy this year, a dip from last year, according to a new estimate from the North Carolina Film Office.

The 2013 estimate would be about one-sixth less than the state’s more than $300 million record haul from the film industry last year. The director of the North Carolina Film Office points to a primary reason for the dip: Iron Man 3, the biggest blockbuster the state’s ever had, filmed last year.

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8:25 am
Tue December 17, 2013

North Carolina Sues Online Lending Companies

An exhibit from North Carolina's lawsuit, showing Western Sky's loans and rates.
Credit North Carolina Office of the Attorney General

The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an online lending company for making predatory loans with interest rates in some cases over 300 percent. The state is one of many lining up for a piece of Western Sky.


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Local News
12:25 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Council Ponders $72 Million Amateur Sports Complex

Concept art for the "GoodSports Village" that city staff presented to the Council.
Credit City of Charlotte

An indoor, amateur sports complex and a small hotel would replace Bojangles Arena and Ovens Auditorium, under a private developer’s plan the City of Charlotte is considering. It’s the only proposal from a developer the city received, after allocating $25 million in its Capital Improvement Plan to redevelop the underused arena—and the declining area around it. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to take a look at the proposal. 


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Local News
9:34 am
Fri December 13, 2013

8 Carolina Bus Companies Closed In Federal Crackdown

Federal transportation officials say DAPTCO Motor Coach Services in Greensboro, N.C. reopened after correcting multiple safety violations.
Credit DAPTCO Motor Coach Services

Federal transportation regulators put 52 bus companies out of business in the past eight months, eight of them in the Carolinas. The Department of Transportation says the bus companies were shut down as part of what it calls Operation Quick Strike—an effort to crack down on unsafe bus companies. WFAE’s Ben Bradford looked into the alarming safety records of our local companies that were shut down.


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Local News
2:11 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

City's New $100 Million Shipping Facility "Soft Launches"

A more than $100 million project to speed shipments from Charlotte to East Coast sea ports has begun operation. The intermodal facility is an “inland port” that allows transfer of shipments between bus, train, and airplane. The 200-acre site at the airport is still under construction, but Charlotte aviation director Brent Cagle says it sent out its first shipment Monday by train.

“That’s a soft opening,” Cagle says. “They will continue to increase operations at the facility over the next four months until the facility is at full operations.”

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Local News
5:16 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Airline Merger Creates Few Immediate Changes At CLT

Airline spokesmen say it will be well over a year before US Airways planes receive the new American Airlines logo (pictured).
Credit Mark Harkin / Flickr

US Airways and American Airlines officially merged Monday to create the world’s largest airline. Charlotte’s airport, a current US Airways hub, will become the second-busiest in the new airline’s network but customers and employees are not expected to see immediate changes.


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Local News
4:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Council Vote Could Pave The Way To A Smoother Ride

A model of the paver the City Council will approve the purchase of tonight (bottom) and a model of excavators like the city currently uses to patch pavement (top). The models are to different scales.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte’s looking to invest in some new equipment that may literally smooth your commute.


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Local News
9:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

State Numbers Call Report Of Fish Deaths Into Question

Environmental groups released a report earlier this week that suggests a shuttered Duke Coal plant is seeping the chemical selenium into Sutton Lake, killing nearly a million blue gill per year. State numbers are not as clear cut about the fish’s health.


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