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
2:01 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Warm Weather, Higher Rates Bolster Duke Energy Profits In Q2

Credit Duke Energy/Flickr

Duke Energy earned more than $600 million in its second quarter this year, 80 percent more than last year.


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Local News
5:10 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Art Pope Resigns As NC Budget Director, Lee Roberts To Take Over

State budget director Art Pope announced he will resign next month, after 20 months in the job.
Credit www.artpope.com

Art Pope, perhaps the most controversial member of Governor McCrory’s administration, is leaving his job as state budget director. Governor McCrory made the announcement Wednesday and also introduced Pope’s replacement.


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Local News
5:01 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

State Budget Creates Pathway For Drones In NC

N.C. State students prepare a drone for flight in Hyde County. The university's NextGen Air Transportation Center is the only public entity in the state currently authorized to fly unmanned vehicles.
Credit NextGen Air Transportation Center

Buried deep and overlooked in the fight over the state’s 260-page budget is one provision that could have a profound effect on North Carolina’s skies: Lawmakers created a pathway for drone use to take off in North Carolina. 


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Local News
8:22 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

McCrory Issues Executive Order After Coal Ash Stalls

A form of coal ash, dried out.
Credit Alexia Gyorody / WFAE

After negotiations between the state House and Senate broke down last night, Governor Pat McCrory issued an executive order about coal ash, stored by Duke Energy in ponds near waterways around the state.


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Local News
8:21 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

NC Wants Delay On Federal Climate Change Plan

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

North Carolina’s environment agency is objecting to a proposed federal rule that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s power plants. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently hearing public comments on the proposed rule, the Obama administration’s largest effort directed toward climate change.


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WFAE Talks
4:04 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: The Budget, Lawmaker Tensions, Sales Tax, Coal Ash = Sleepy Reporters

News Director Greg Collard and reporters Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock (sitting in for Lisa Miller) discuss how lawmakers finally reached a budget deal. They also discuss the myriad of disputes that have dragged out and kept Tom and Ben up late at night, even prompting one of them to turn a WFAE studio into a bedroom of sorts.

Local News
9:27 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Coal Ash Compromise Breaks Down, Senate Postpones Vote

Coal ash lagoon.
Credit Jeff Willhelm / 2008 Observer File Photo

As part of a flurry of late night activity, the North Carolina Senate planned a vote on one of its top priorities, coal ash, and what to do about one hundred million tons of the waste, which is currently stored in ponds next to waterways around the state. But, the measure never made it to a vote.


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Local News
10:07 am
Thu July 31, 2014

State Says Stop To Company Seeking NC Fracking Rights

The oil and gas extraction technique known as fracking is not yet legal in North Carolina, but a Pennsylvania company is seeking to buy the rights to oil and gas from landowners in Durham County. The state Department of Justice has told it to stop.


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Local News
7:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Farm Bill Seals Environmental Complaints From Public

Environmental watchdogs will fly over agriculture facilities, such as this poultry farm, to document problems.
Credit Catawba Riverkeeper

North Carolina’s annual farm bill addresses fertilizer regulations, landscapers , and even the legal definition of “planting and harvesting season.” But environmental groups say one provision unfairly shields the industry from public scrutiny, while the industry argues it protects from overzealous watchdogs.


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Local News
8:39 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Charlotte City Council Continuing Airport Lawsuit, Despite New State Law

Credit Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

The Charlotte city council met behind closed doors Monday night with its lawyers to discuss, once again, the ongoing lawsuit against state lawmakers and the airport commission they created to take control of Charlotte Douglas. The council will continue the suit, despite another, recent state law intended to stop it.


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