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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WFAE Talks
4:54 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

WFAE Talks Climate Change Politics, Teacher Pay Proposal, And 'The MeghaMeter'

WFAE Talks, recorded 05/30/14.

We discuss Ben's 3-part series, North Carolina and Climate Change, and the challenges in reporting this series. We also discuss the North Carolina Senate's teacher pay proposal and its power struggle with Governor McCrory. Plus, a new segment to WFAE Talks this election season...The MeghaMeter (aka Meghan Stubel).

Local News
10:12 am
Fri May 30, 2014

NC And Climate Change, Part 3: Agriculture Accidentally Prepares

Washed out tomatoes lie on Barbee Farm in Concord last summer, after some of the wettest weather the state has ever had.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

North Carolina’s agriculture industry supplies nearly a fifth of the state’s jobs and revenue, according to the Department of Agriculture. It is also perhaps the industry most threatened by the increasing temperatures and extreme weather associated with climate change, but studies show only a minority of farmers believe in it. Nevertheless, the industry is unintentionally preparing.


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Local News
5:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

NC And Climate Change, Part 2: The Top Threats

A dredging pipe extends down Wrightsville Beach.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

The southeast United States faces a host of threats from climate change. Intensifying temperatures and extreme weather could affect anything from dam safety to airport tarmacs to the range of diseases that can thrive. The most recent National Climate Assessment points to three areas most threatened: coastal communities, the agriculture industry, and water availability. In the second of a three part series, WFAE looks at how the state is, or isn’t, preparing to adapt.


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Local News
5:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

NC And Climate Change, Part 1: Republican Leaders Stop Preparation

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

North Carolina has a complicated relationship with climate change. The state was one of the first to consider its impacts and possible responses, but today—as reports like the National Climate Assessment issue ever more dire warnings—few policies are in place to adapt. In the first of a three part series, WFAE explores the shift.


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WFAE Talks
3:08 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

WFAE Talks Airport Parking, Post-Test Reading, Cyberbullying, NASCAR

The WFAE Talks crew of Greg Collard, Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss the growing frustration of parking at Charlotte's airport. In education, Ben and Lisa envy the option that some students now have after they complete their End-of-Grade tests. Plus, the arrest and news coverage of students accused of cyberbullying on school time. And in sports, the evolution of NASCAR pit crews.

WFAE Talks, recorded 05/23/14

Local News
9:57 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Dan River Update: A Fraction Of Ash Removed

A plume of coal ash flowing into the Dan River, after the failure of a Duke coal ash pond in February.
Credit Appalachian Voices

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has struck an agreement with Duke Energy to clean up coal ash from the Dan River. The EPA has been overseeing the company’s response, since a storage pond failed at a Duke coal plant in February, spilling at least 30,000 tons of the waste into the river. But the agreement binds Duke to clean up ash as the EPA directs and to reimburse the agency for its costs. EPA officials say that comes to about $800,000 for the past three-plus months of clean-up.


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Local News
4:45 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Airport Or No, Duke Will Remove Riverbend Coal Ash

The primary coal ash pond at Riverbend. The grey bed in the foreground is coal ash.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy officials confirm the company will remove coal ash at the Riverbend power plant above Mountain Island Lake, even though the company’s proposal to send the ash to Charlotte airport is encountering resistance. 

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Local News
10:21 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Hard-hitting, Public Safety Football In Charlotte

Cobras defenders bring down the NYPD's running back.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

While the Carolina Panthers and the UNCC 49ers take a break for the off-season, another team is playing football in Charlotte—the Cobras, a team of policeman, firemen, medics, and other area emergency responders.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford attends the Charlotte Cobras vs. NYPD’s Finest, the defending champs.

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WFAE Talks
4:50 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

WFAE Talks Governor McCrory's Agenda and Charges Against Greg Hardy

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss Governor McCrory's proposed higher education cuts and his plan to raise teacher pay. Plus, the arrest of Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and why a judge dismissed a restraining order request.

WFAE Talks, recorded 05/16/14.

Local News
8:50 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Utilities Seek To Address Catawba's Eventual Water Shortages

Credit -ted / Flickr

Almost two million people in the Carolinas rely on the Catawba River, or the Wateree River, which it becomes in South Carolina. This week, the region’s water utilities released what they call the most significant plan for the Catawba’s water supply since reservoirs were built in the early 1900s.


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