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
10:17 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Council Scolds Consultant Over Airport Study Findings

Bob Hazel
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

In their fight to retain control of the Charlotte airport, the city council paid Bob Hazel of consulting firm Oliver Wyman $150,000, to study the airport and conclude the best form of governance—the current form of city control or an independent authority, as state lawmakers are pushing for. Hazel said an authority, and the city council didn’t like that answer. They told him so at Monday’s council meeting.


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Politics
8:30 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Fracking Commission Delays Chemical Disclosure Rules

One of the most contentious questions about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is what companies should be required to disclose about the mix of water and chemicals pumped into the ground during the process. 


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Local News
7:24 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Clean Energy Advocates Inundate Duke Energy Annual Meeting

Protesters begin to set up outside Duke Energy headquarters before the annual shareholder meeting.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy hosted its annual shareholder meeting in Uptown Thursday, one day before the company releases its first quarter earnings report. CEO Jim Rogers pronounced the company healthy and profitable, but the meeting was also a rare opportunity to berate the CEO.


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Local News
8:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Speeding Around On Vegetable Oil

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

High gas prices, the threat of climate change, and new technology have spurred increased  looks at alternative fuels, especially hybrids, electric cars and biodiesels. But a community in Charlotte has opted for a less conventional, do-it-yourself solution—they run their fleet on used vegetable oil from area restaurants.

Listen as WFAE’s Ben Bradford takes a ride in two vegetable oil vehicles, collects fuel, and avoids getting doused in a geyser of oil.

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Local News
8:17 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Obama Will Appoint Foxx Transportation Secretary

Mayor Anthony Foxx

White House officials have confirmed that President Obama will appoint Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation--a big leap onto the national stage for the local politician.

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Local News
10:29 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Heroin Use On The Rise Among Charlotte's Affluent

Black tar heroin
Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

Black tar heroin is a crude and relatively cheap form of one of the world’s most addictive drugs, and its use is on the rise in Charlotte. CMPD has said that Charlotte is in the top five in the nation for black tar heroin. Carolinas Healthcare System recently conducted a study of the heroin users in its care, and it might surprise you who they are. WFAE’s Ben Bradford spoke with Robert Martin, the director of substance abuse services for Carolinas Healthcare System.

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Local News
12:43 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Is Battery Program Environmentalism Or Profit For AAA Carolinas?

The heavy metals and acids in car batteries are extremely toxic to the environment, but those materials are also highly sought by scrap yards, recycling centers, and battery resellers.
Credit Derek Rankine / Flickr

Saturday is Earth Day, so it's the time of year when companies, non-profits, and advocacy groups urge you to do your part to save the environment. One example: AAA Carolinas has an annual promotion called the Great Battery Roundup, where the organization offers $5 for drivers to turn in used or junk car batteries. The program may have environmental benefits, although the going rate for used batteries is often more than double on the open market.


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Local News
6:08 am
Tue April 16, 2013

The Carolinas' Divided NFL Loyalties

Data journalist Noah Veltman created a snapshot of North Carolina, based off the Facebook data.
Credit Noah Veltman / noahveltman.com

Nationally, the Panthers aren'’t one of the NFL'’s most popular teams. In fact, try 4th least popular, according to an ESPN Sports Poll taken last year--not too surprising, considering the team is only heading into its 18th season of existence.


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Local News
9:10 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Fleet Of City, County Vehicles Ready For Auction

Cars are lined up by type at the auction. Rex Dye (right) supervises the auction for the city and county.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Between police cars, fire trucks, dump trucks, construction equipment, and other staff cars, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have nearly 5,000 vehicles in their combined fleet. Aging or damaged vehicles are sold off at auction twice a year, with the next auction taking place this Saturday.

WFAE's Ben Bradford tours the auction site and discovers who buys a used fire truck.

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Local News
6:10 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Domestic Violence Murders Jump In 2012

Murders from domestic violence jumped by 15 percent last year in North Carolina, according to an annual report from the state’s Department of Justice.


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