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
6:33 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Murdock Doubles Down On Kannapolis Research Center

The rotunda in the David H. Murdock Research Institute.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The billionaire owner of Dole Foods will pour yet more millions of dollars into the Kannapolis research center he founded six years ago. David Murdock announced Tuesday an endowment of $15 million a year, in perpetuity, to his self-named institute. He hopes it will reignite his vision of a hub for life-changing food research.


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Local News
9:40 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Charlotte Company Hopes To Lead Electric Truck Revolution

A prototype of EV Fleet's Condor, which the company demonstrated during a demo day. The truck bed's paint will match the rest of the car in final versions, the company says.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Electric cars were largely novelties until Tesla introduced its Roadster in 2008. Now, a few small start-ups are trying to repeat Tesla’s success in another sector of the electric vehicle industry. They’re building trucks, hoping to sell them en masse to government and business fleets.


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WFAE Talks
8:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Challenge, Enrollment Problems, Conspiracy Theories

Credit WFAE

Reporter Michael Tomsic tells Greg, Lisa and Ben how arguments have evolved in the federal lawsuit over the overhaul to North Carolina's voting law. The group also discusses the consequences of the state's failure to accurately predict CMS enrollment, and why conspiracy theories thrive despite scientific evidence that proves them wrong.

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Local News
6:15 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Charlotte Amateur Sports Developer Struggles In Other States

An artist's rendering of field houses next to Bojangles Arena, as part of the amateur sports complex.
Credit City of Charlotte

A more than $70 million amateur sports complex proposed in east Charlotte has new question marks. The Charlotte Observer has reported the developer, Goodsports, has lost its private financing and the project is on hold. The city denies the claim. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey to make sense of it.


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Local News
7:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Duke Joins Proposal For Nation's Largest Wind Farm, Storage

An artist rendering of the energy storage facility.
Credit Magnum Energy

The nation’s largest wind farm in Wyoming would connect to  one of the largest energy storage facilities in Utah to power Los Angeles, in a proposal announced Tuesday by four companies, including Duke Energy. The project’s scale is more akin to a nuclear plant.


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Local News
7:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why We Disbelieve Science, Consider Conspiracies

Credit Gabriel Rocha / Flickr

Fluoridated water reduces cavities, as scientific studies have repeatedly shown. Yet for decades, public health and government officials have had to defend fluoride in public drinking water, against at-times outlandish conspiracy theories. It’s a battle currently playing out in Charlotte. WFAE’s Ben Bradford examines why we have trouble believing the science.


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Local News
3:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Charter School Closing After 20 Days. Cost To State: $285,170

Concrete Roses STEM Academy in East Charlotte will have its last school day on Friday, September 19.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A Charlotte charter school is closing its doors less than three weeks after opening, leaving 126 students to find a new school.

Parents of students at Concrete Roses STEM Academy got their first hint of trouble earlier this week.

"Everybody got the same call or e-mail that there was an emergency board meeting," says Shirley Brooks.

Her granddaughter, Taylor, is a fourth-grader at the K-12 school, which closes Friday.

"I had no idea that this could happen on a new school like this. I had no idea," Brooks says.

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Local News
5:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Duke Energy Plans Major Solar Expansion In North Carolina

A Strata Solar project in Cleveland County. The company will sell a 65-megawatt project planned near Jacksonville, N.C. to Duke Energy.
Credit Strata Solar

The nation’s largest power company will also be one of the largest solar providers. Duke Energy wrapped up six months of shopping for solar projects today, and announced it will increase its North Carolina capacity by more than a third. Despite the increase, solar remains a tiny fraction of overall generation.


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Local News
2:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Missing Water A Mystery For County Utility

Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities

County water officials have a bit of a mystery on their hands: the case of the missing 20 million gallons of water. Sunday afternoon workers noticed that a pump, which propels that amount of water per day into a water tank, is still operating. But it is not ending up in the water tank.


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WFAE Talks
3:15 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WFAE Talks: Duke Rate Challenge, Mergers, Social Media

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This week's show focuses on Attorney General Roy Cooper's latest challenge of a Duke Energy rate increase, two Charlotte companies that are the focus of takeover bids and social media. WFAE's social media coordinator, Katie Herzog, joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford to discuss viral audio and some of WFAE's social media efforts.

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