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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Politics
9:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

1,200 Turn Out For 'Moral Monday' Protest In Raleigh

Police estimate about 1200 demonstrators turned out for Monday's protest.
Ben Bradford WFAE

About 80 people were arrested at the state house in Raleigh Monday night. It was the culmination of the latest “Moral Monday”—a series of protests led by the NAACP, against Governor Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders. All told, nearly 700 have been arrested in the nine weeks of demonstrations. As the protests have continued to grow, WFAE’s Ben Bradford documented the latest event.

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Local News
10:08 am
Thu June 27, 2013

CDOT Removing One-Way Streets Uptown

The Center City Transportation plan calls for Charlotte to have a lot less of these.
Credit Counse / Flickr

Uptown Charlotte could look a lot different in five years—not the skyline, the streets. Several one-way streets will become two-way streets under the city’s Center City Transportation Plan, which is scheduled for completion around 2020. The plan will also affect Uptown this summer, when the Charlotte Department of Transportation starts converting a section of Poplar Street to a two-way road.

Ben Bradford spoke with Ashton Watson, project manager at CDOT. Watson says one of the goals is to slow down traffic. First, they discussed the upcoming changes.


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Local News
10:08 am
Wed June 26, 2013

How A New Limit On Carbon Emissions Could Impact NC

Duke has opened two new coal plants this year, including the Cliffside Steam Station on the Rutherford/Cleveland County line two weeks ago.
Credit Duke Energy

President Obama plans to issue an executive order to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Right now, there is no limit. It could change the mix of energy sources on which North Carolina relies. Coal provides the largest source of the state’s power, including 51 percent in 2011. But, burning coal emits the most carbon-dioxide of the major power sources, so it is most likely to be affected by the order. Other North Carolina businesses could stand to benefit by the scaling back of coal plants.


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Local News
10:23 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Report: US Airways Merger Could Increase Prices, Jeopardize Charlotte-Douglas

A US Airways jet
Credit USAirways.com

The merger of US Airways and American Airlines could have a greater impact than those airlines have previously stated, both on airline prices and on Charlotte’s status as a hub for US Airways traffic, according to a new government analysis of the merger.


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Business
10:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Sequester Cuts Federal Program That Tracks Layoffs

Monthly number of businesses laying off at least 50 people, 2003-2013, according to data from the Mass Layoff Statistics program.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

One of the fears about the federal budget cuts known as the sequester is that they could shrink the economy and trigger large layoffs. At the same time the government is cutting its program that tracks large layoffs—because of the sequester.


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Local News
1:49 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Sequester-Related Defense Cuts Hit North Carolina Businesses

The Army closed the Airborne Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, NC, a few days a week because of budget cuts, affecting the city's tourism industry.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

In North Carolina, the defense industry is one of the largest drivers of the state economy. Nearly half a million jobs rely on it. But the military lost more than 10 percent of its budget this year to the policy known as “the sequester” and other federal budget cuts. The state economy is starting to feel the effect.

Even a small cut can create a ripple effect. The army closed the Airborne Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, just during the week. The museum still opens Friday through Sunday.

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Local News
6:08 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Cleveland County Approves Incentives For Unknown Company

The original Project Gnome was an underground nuclear test in New Mexico, in the 1960s.
Credit Department of Energy

Cleveland County commissioners took a bit of an unusual vote Tuesday night at a public hearing. The commission approved tax incentives to lure a new business to Shelby—that part’s pretty standard. The strange part is that they don’t know what the business does.

Commissioners and documents just refer to the company as Project Gnome. Even commission chairman Ronald Hawkins doesn’t know the identity.

“I prefer not to know the details about the project, other than that there will be jobs [and] they will be good jobs,” Hawkins says.

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Local News
9:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

City Produces Another Artistic Endeavor (Flash Mob)

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

If you’re looking for music and entertainment, the Charlotte Area Transit System might not be the first place that comes to mind. But CATS is becoming quite the producer.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

New Details On NC House Budget

North Carolina House Republicans presented Monday afternoon their proposed budget for the next two years. In total, the budget spends $20.6 billion.

“In the first year we spend around $12 million less than the Senate and around $188 million less than the governor,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

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Local News
8:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

NC House Considers Turning MeckLINK Over To An Authority

The state and Mecklenburg County are once again at odds over who should control hundreds of millions of dollars of Medicaid funds for mental health services.


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