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
6:08 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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Local News
9:34 am
Mon April 1, 2013

McCrory Closes Latin Affairs Office

After more than a decade in operation, the state’s office for Latino Affairs has been closed by Governor Pat McCrory, upsetting advocates in the community.


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Business
10:08 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Publix Breaks Ground In Charlotte

Publix broke ground Thursday on this plot of land in Ballantyne.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Between Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Walmart, Target, and Family Dollar, North Carolina has a lot of competitors in the grocery business. Now, add one more. Publix, the upscale Southern supermarket chain broke ground Thursday on a new store in Ballantyne, its first in North Carolina. The move is the latest volley in a supermarket war.


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Business
5:21 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Foreign Investment Created 7,000 NC Jobs In 2011

North Carolina created more jobs in 2011 through out-of-state and international investment than any other place in the U.S., according to an annual report IBM produces for clients.


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Local News
9:37 am
Wed March 27, 2013

City, UNCC Team Up For A Lesson In Data

A panel of non-profits speaks about how they use public data at UNCC's Uptown campus on Charlotte Data day.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Statistics, used incorrectly, can give the wrong impression, as Mark Twain made clear when he said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

And there’s a wealth of publicly available statistics about Charlotte that can be used or misused. So, on Tuesday, UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute, the Federal Reserve of Richmond, and the city and county held Charlotte Data Day.

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Local News
8:37 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Defense Industry Starts To Feel The Sequester

Cleveland County defense contractor, Ultra Machines and Fabrication, will lay off as many as 100 employees in May due to cuts in federal contracts. It could be the first in a rising wave of job losses related to the sequester.

In the last three years, Ultra’s received $46 million in federal contracts—what that business, and most defense contractors rely on. But as the sequester and other federal budget cuts kick in, those contracts are drying up.

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Local News
11:14 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Critic Of Charter Schools Speaks At UNCC

Diane Ravitch

A prominent critic of charter schools, standardized testing, and private influence on education spoke at UNC Charlotte Wednesday evening. UNCC paid Diane Ravitch $20,000 to appear at the campus’ McKnight Auditorium in front of about 100 teachers, students, and community activists.


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Local News
1:52 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Rowan County Commission To Fight ACLU Over Prayer

Rowan County commissioners decided Monday to continue opening their meetings with a prayer, despite a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has argued the prayers are unconstitutional and violate the separation of church and state.

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