Ben Bradford


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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North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council

For the first time since 2012, a substantial part of North Carolina entered the first stages of drought this month, including Mecklenburg County.

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For the first time since the late 1930s, Charlotte has a running streetcar.  Tuesday’s opening of the track is the first phase of a controversial 10-mile project that’s envisioned to connect east and west Charlotte.

Former Charlotte mayor and now U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in town today for the opening of the city’s new street car line. And he had some combative words for state lawmakers. Foxx was a prime backer of not only the street car, but a transit plan that includes the Blue Line Extension, two more street car extensions, and rapid bus lines. In an impassioned speech, Foxx urged city leaders to build those projects without state support.


It's been a very busy week for WFAE's newsroom. The removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds dominated our coverage, but there were other stories. Among them: Mecklenburg County commissioners deciding to leave a Confederate monument alone, and a jobs announcement that turned into a political rally of sorts for lawmakers to expand the economic development incentives program known as JDIG.

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North Carolina produces more solar energy than any state except California, but a new report ranks Charlotte near the bottom of major cities for solar installations.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources against its federal counterpart.

In December 2013, the state challenged new, tighter limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for air pollution the size of smoke particles or smaller. Cars, refineries, factories, and power plants—especially coal plants—emit this particulate matter.

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Governor Pat McCrory stopped in Charlotte Wednesday—ostensibly to announce a financial company will bring new, high-paying jobs to the city. But the governor also used the opportunity to stump for an expansion the tax breaks used to lure the business.

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Tuesday, the South Carolina Senate gave its final approval for removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. Debate moves to the South Carolina House of Representatives Wednesday.

Of course, the Capitol has been the scene of debate and protests the last couple weeks. So WFAE’s Ben Bradford couldn’t help but notice when he saw some unexpected frivolity this afternoon.

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Update: In a required second vote, the South Carolina Senate on Tuesday approved removing the  Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. The vote was 36-3. The bill is now in the House.

The South Carolina state Senate has started what would have been an almost unthinkable political process a month ago—a move to take down the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds. After last month’s shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, the process gained momentum.

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