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
6:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Charlotte Developers Win Extra 3-Year Opt-Out Of Stormwater Pollution Requirements

Stormwater flows from a pipe directly into a river.
Credit City of Charlotte

Most construction in Charlotte for the next three years will not have to include environmental protections against one of the state’s biggest sources of water pollution—stormwater.


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Local News
6:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Duke Energy Redoing First Step In Coal Ash Clean-Up

Part of a coal ash pond at the Riverbend Steam Station, which sits next to Mountain Island Lake.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

North Carolina environmental regulators have ordered Duke Energy to redo the first step in the process of cleaning up its coal ash ponds around the state. The company has to measure contamination from the ponds, and state regulators say their plans to do so are inadequate.

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WFAE Talks
5:39 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

WFAE Talks Heath Morrison Resignation, Patrick Cannon's Discounted Vote, Election Results

Credit WFAE

The election was big. No surprise there. But the resignation of CMS superintendent Heath Morrison and more legal trouble for former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon were certainly unexpected. News Director Greg Collard, and reporters Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss in this week's WFAE Talks.

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Local News
4:19 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Cannon Put On House Arrest For Illegal Vote

Cannon leaves the courthouse after being ordered to in-house detention until his prison sentence begins.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon found himself in court again today, four weeks after he was sentenced to prison for public corruption. This time, it was voter fraud.


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Local News
9:05 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Republican Congressional Pickup A Win For Redistricting

North Carolina congressional map after 2013 redistricting
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Many Republican gains in Tuesday’s elections were due to the party’s strong turnout, including in North Carolina’s Senate race. But the GOP also gained a Congressional seat in the state, which did not hinge on turnout. Instead, the victory was the final pay-off from recarving the state’s Congressional districts in 2011.


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Local News
1:19 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

2016 Election Attacks Already Underway

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit NCDP.org

Less than 12 hours after the 2014 elections ended in North Carolina, attacks have already begun for 2016’s marquee match-up.

11:24 p.m.: The Associated Press called the North Carolina Senate race at 11:24 p.m.

9:47 a.m.: The North Carolina Republican Party sends out an e-mail blast attacking state attorney general Roy Cooper.

It’s the first official shot in the 2016 gubernatorial race. Cooper is the presumptive Democratic nominee, expected to take on Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

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WFAE Talks
1:13 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: Senate Candidates' Accomplishments, Sales Tax

Credit WFAE

Election week is finally upon us.  Ben Bradford, Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf talk about what the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate have accomplished in their political careers.  We also talk about the sales tax referendum on Mecklenburg County ballots - what it goes for and how it got on the ballot in the first place. 

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Local News
1:35 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Democratic Senate Candidate Hagan: A Primer

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When asked her top accomplishment in Washington, Senator Kay Hagan starts with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

From the 1950s to ‘80s, Marines and their families stationed at the base unwittingly used drinking water laced with chemicals like benzene. Along with Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC)—both North Carolina Republicans—Hagan pushed legislation to give medical care to those exposed.

Republican Senate Candidate Tillis: A Primer

“I met with generals,” she recalls. “We met with the commandant of the Marine Corps. We met with every entity you can imagine that had some sort of input.”

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Local News
10:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Tillis: A Primer

Credit North Carolina General Assembly

On Thursday, WFAE will take a similar look at the Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan.

The Republican challenger in the U.S. Senate race, Thom Tillis, has had a hand in every new law in North Carolina the past four years. As Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tillis decides what bills the House votes on. Along with Senate leader Phil Berger and Governor Pat McCrory, he has led a conservative shift, which has touched nearly every aspect of state law. But, Tillis says, he has had one overarching focus:

“Working to get our economy back on track by repealing regulations that didn’t make sense and reducing taxes so businesses have more money to grow,” Tillis says.

Democratic Senate Candidate Hagan: A Primer

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WFAE Talks
5:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

WFAE Talks: Politics And Rollercoasters

Credit WFAE

North Carolina's U.S. Senate race has been judged to be the most negative race in the country. Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss that race. The gang also discuss rollercoasters, a conversation inspired by Lisa's behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Fury 325 at Carowinds.

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