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
3:02 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Factory-Built Nuclear Reactor Development Slows

The exterior of the Lynchburg, Virginia lab where Babcock and Wilcox is testing its prototype small modular reactor.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte-based Babcock and Wilcox received a big boost when the Energy Department agreed to be a partner in the company’s development of a new, small nuclear reactor. But the project has since hit some roadblocks.


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Local News
4:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Repeal Of Local Business Tax

Credit NC General Assembly

A plan moving through the state legislature could cost City of Charlotte coffers $8.5 million in local business taxes.


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Local News
6:19 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

City Of Charlotte Will Withhold Cannon Documents For Now

The City of Charlotte has announced it will withhold releasing vast amounts of public records about former mayor Patrick Cannon.

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WFAE Talks
4:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

WFAE Talks Mayor Clodfelter, Cannon Public Records, Duke's Efforts To Stunt Tree Growth, Reading

WFAE Talks recorded April 11, 2014.

This week, the WFAE Talks crew discusses stories making news that concern city politics, the environment and education.

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss initial impressions of Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and public records related to former Mayor Patrick Cannon that won't be released for at least 60 days. Also on this week's podcast: Public outcry prompts Duke Energy to suspend a program in which tree roots were being injected with a chemical to stunt growth, and observations from a 3rd-grade class trying to meet the state's new reading requirement.

Local News
10:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Charlotte City Manager: No Property Tax Increase Needed

Charlotte property owners got some good news at last night’s budget meeting—city manager Ron Carlee will not recommend a property tax increase.

“Unless I get contrary guidance from council, the budget which I will be putting together for you will not include a property tax rate change,” Carlee said.

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Local News
10:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Bojangles Requires Millions In Renovations On Top Of Amateur Sports Spending

A sketch shows a field house next to Bojangles Coliseum, part of the plan to turn the area into an amateur sports complex.
Credit City of Charlotte

A plan to turn Bojangles Coliseum and the area around it into an amateur sports complex will require an extra $12 million immediately, staff told city council today. Over the next decade, that amount could rise to over $50 million. Those costs are in addition to millions the council approved for the project in last year’s Capital Improvement Plan.


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Local News
6:52 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Regulators, Duke, Environmentalists In 3-Way Fight Over Coal Ash

Coal ash separates from sediment scooped from the bed of the Dan River days after the spill.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The failure of a Duke Energy coal ash pond two months ago not only spilled at least 30,000 tons of the waste into the Dan River, it spurred new scrutiny of how Duke handles the waste, what chemicals are flowing into North Carolina waters, and how the state oversees all of it. It has led to numerous revelations about leaks or cracks in other ponds, wastewater pumped into rivers, lawsuits, and federal investigations. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss the latest.


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Local News
9:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New Species Move To Mecklenburg

Credit JK Killia (left) Jim deVries (right) / 2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Mecklenburg County has some new residents. Animals not native to the county have moved in over the past couple of decades. One possible reason is climate change.


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Local News
11:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health

Stephaney Gaddy works with a 33-year-old with developmental disabilities at the Arc of Mecklenburg County.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

As of today, the Mecklenburg County government no longer oversees mental health, substance abuse, or disability services for the county. MeckLINK—the organization it built to handle those services—closed today, as the larger, outside agency Cardinal Innovations takes over. MeckLINK operated for little over a year, but that tenure spurred fights with state lawmakers for control, cost the county millions of dollars, and contributed to the fall of two top county officials.


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Politics
7:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7

Charlotte city council members held hands on Monday night while Councilman Al Austin read a prayer for the city before the meeting.
Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte’s city council met Monday night for the first time since the arrest and resignation of former mayor Patrick Cannon. In less than 20 minutes, the council agreed to hold off on appointing a new mayor for one week. WFAE’s Ben Bradford breaks down the jockeying that will take place in the meantime.  


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