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
5:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Airport 'Clarity' Bill Passes Legislature

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The state legislature has successfully passed another effort to wrest Charlotte Douglas airport from City Council control.


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Local News
5:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

NC Senate Considers Coal Ash As Regulators Find More Leaks

The Dan River coal ash pond spilled at least 30,000 tons of ash in February.
Credit Duke Energy

The state has cited Duke for 11 leaks at the Riverbend, Allen, Marshall, Cliffside, and Buck plants. Bridget Munger, spokeswoman for the state Division of Dam Safety, says they range in size and significance.


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Local News
9:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

New Solar Projects Fall, Set To Rise, Probably Dip Again

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North Carolina fell a bit in the most recent rankings of solar energy production across the nation but despite the dip, the solar landscape still looks strong, at least this year.


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WFAE Talks
5:20 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows

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Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the latest legislative strategy to force Charlotte city government to give up control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to help supplement the salaries of CMS employees and fund a few other programs.

Plus, Greg and Lisa talk to Ben about his big week. He was named the winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for this story.

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Local News
8:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NC Senate Passes Airport Commission Bill

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The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill that could strip control of Charlotte Douglas Airport from the city council and end a year-long legal impasse in the state’s favor—all less than two days after the legislation became public.


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Local News
2:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Control Of Charlotte Airport Once Again At Issue In NC Senate

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A committee of North Carolina lawmakers has passed legislation to end the impasse over who controls Charlotte Douglas International airport.


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Local News
9:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer

A haze camera run by Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environment Services.
Credit LUESA

About a month into this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers are keeping up last year’s torrid pace. One bill currently making its way through contains dozens of changes to state laws from A to V. That’s Air Quality to Venomous Reptiles.

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WFAE Talks
9:04 am
Fri June 6, 2014

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon And His Guilty Plea

This week’s podcast focuses on Patrick Cannon’s guilty plea and the observations of reporters Ben Bradford and Tasnim Shamma in covering the event. Plus, our new “MeghaMeter” segment scrutinizes a press release from Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate campaign.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon in front of the federal courthouse after pleading guilty.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to public corruption charges. He admitted he accepted money in return for political influence, and then asked for forgiveness.


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Local News
2:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Today, Cannon Expected In Court To Plead Guilty

Credit Tasnim Shamma

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is scheduled to plead guilty this morning to a federal corruption charge. Documents unsealed Monday revealed some new information in the case against him, such as allegations of a bribe that a strip club owner paid Cannon for help with a zoning matter.

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