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
8:50 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Utilities Seek To Address Catawba's Eventual Water Shortages

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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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Local News
6:45 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket

Lawmakers will return to the state capitol in Raleigh for the General Assembly's short session.
Credit Jim Bowen / Flickr

Lawmakers are back in Raleigh today for the start of the General Assembly’s short session. And they’re not letting the short time frame keep them from tackling major changes. Republican leaders are considering more tax cuts, how to boost teacher pay, handle coal ash, whether to continue incentives for film, and much more. WFAE’s Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what to expect. 


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Local News
10:16 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Babcock & Wilcox Misses Earnings Projections

Charlotte-based energy company Babcock & Wilcox missed its earnings projections by about $43 million in the first quarter of the year. It’s $662 million in earnings were about 18 percent less than the same time last year. The biggest drop-off in revenue came in its power generation division, where earnings dropped by nearly $150 million.

Local News
10:44 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Babcock & Wilcox Struggles Prompt Nuclear Reactor Competitor To Open Charlotte Office

A one-third scale test model of the reactor runs on electricity, not nuclear power, at Oregon State University.
Credit NuScale

Charlotte will play host to two companies developing a new type of nuclear reactor. Oregon-based NuScale Power has announced it will open a new office in SouthPark and will hire 100 employees, after seeing an opportunity in the struggles of its Charlotte competitor.


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Local News
10:35 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Fracking Commission Requests 3-Month Extension To Write Rules

A state commission developing rules for fracking in North Carolina is asking for a three-month extension to finish the job. Mining and Energy Commission Chairman Jim Womack says commissioners do not need more time to write the rules, but he expects as many as 10,000 public comments about the controversial issue. He says an extra three months will help.

“That means we can take more time to sift through the thousands of public comments that we’re going to receive and, so we can have a more conscious and deliberate response,” says Womack.

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WFAE Talks
5:18 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

WFAE Talks Tillis vs. Hagan, Teacher Pay, Panthers

The political rhetoric is high in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, which is already already one of the most closely-watched races in the country. Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss teacher pay proposals, and Ben gives his analysis of the Carolina Panthers' first round draft pick and the team's receiving corps.

WFAE Talks, recorded Friday, May 9.

Local News
3:31 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Duke Stock Up After 1st Quarter Earnings Loss

Duke Energy reported a nearly $100 million loss in the first quarter of this year—and its stock went up.

The loss comes from Duke selling its Midwest business—13 coal and natural gas plants—where it has less control over the price of electricity. The company estimates a $1.4 billion hit to its books. Other than the one-time loss, the company reported strong growth, partially due to a rebounding economy.

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Local News
9:22 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Charlotte Budget Recommendation: Modest Tax Increases, Pay Raise

City utility and sanitation workers file into the city council meeting to hear the city manager's recommended budget.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee gave taxpayers a preliminary glimpse Monday night into how the city will spend their money, and how much they will pay. Carlee presented to city council his recommendation for next year’s budget, which runs from July through next June.


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Local News
3:28 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

McCrory Sheds Duke Stock

Governor Pat McCrory has sold his stock in Duke Energy, the company where he worked for nearly three decades. The sale came during a year when McCrory’s connections to Duke have been scrutinized.

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Local News
6:47 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

It's Déjà Vu At Duke Shareholder Meeting

Protesters chanted outside the Duke Energy corporate headquarters in Uptown.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy held its annual shareholder meeting Thursday. The meeting has developed into something of a tradition: environmental groups use it as a rare opportunity to face, question, and berate the CEO of one of America’s largest power companies. This year, with a new CEO at the helm and Duke under fire for its handling of coal ash, tensions ran higher than usual.


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