Ben Bradford


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.


Local News
9:09 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Duke Energy Rate Increases In NC Supreme Court Again

The North Carolina Supreme Court is once again pondering how much you pay on your electric bill. The court heard oral arguments Monday about whether state regulators adequately considered customer finances when approving rate increases for Duke Energy in 2011 and 2013.

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Local News
5:57 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Duke Projects Next 15 Years Of Power

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Every year, Duke Energy submits a plan to state regulators, showing how it will continue to supply power to the Carolinas over the next 15 years. It projects how the energy mix will change, what new power plants the company intends to build—how much will come from solar, wind, or coal. The most recent plan is out, and WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey for a quick survey of how Duke sees the energy landscape in 2029.

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Local News
5:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Icahn Exits, Family Dollar Considers Rival Bids

Credit Courtesy of Carl Icahn's Twitter page

The future of Family Dollar is uncertain—it’s in the midst of a bidding war as its board of directors decides whether to sell the company to Dollar Tree or Dollar General. But this much is certain: The billionaire investor who helped spur this pending ownership change is now cashing in.

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Local News
2:49 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Environmental Groups File More Coal Ash Lawsuits

The Southern Environmental Law Center's new lawsuits target pollution at the Buck Steam Station in Rowan County (pictured), the Cape Fear Plant, and the H.F. Lee Plant.
Credit Duke Energy

Environmental groups launched new lawsuits today against Duke Energy for pollution from the company’s coal ash ponds in North Carolina, adding more strands to a tangled web of litigation between Duke, environmental groups and state regulators.

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Local News
5:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Dominion To Build New Gas Pipeline Into NC

A map of major natural gas pipelines in the Southeast.
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Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have chosen a builder and route for a new, major interstate natural gas pipeline to run through North Carolina, only the second such pipeline in the state. The first was built in 1951.

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WFAE Talks
5:59 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

WFAE Talks: Film Incentives, Airport Politics, Cowell's Alternative Investments

Credit WFAE

The producers of Cinemax's "Banshee" are moving production from Charlotte to New Orleans. The reason: North Carolina's revised - and much smaller - film industry incentives program isn't competitive.

We'll also discuss the latest in Charlotte airport politics and Tom Bullock's 2-part series that examines how Treasurer Janet Cowell is investing the state's pension fund.

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Local News
7:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Charlotte And Raleigh Lead U.S. In Projected Population Growth

The report's overview map of global urban growth.
Credit UN World Urbanization Prospects Report, 2014 Update

North Carolina’s two largest urban centers—Charlotte and Raleigh—will grow faster than any other large cities in the U.S. over the next fifteen years, according to a projection from a new United Nations study of world population growth.

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Local News
10:03 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Shoddy Paperwork At Charlotte-Douglas, New Reports Say

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Charlotte-Douglas airport’s calling card has long been low cost for airlines. CLT is the cheapest of the nation’s 25 largest airports for airlines to drop or collect passengers.  The airport moves more passengers using less space than any other, and employs less than half the average number of employees. But, according to reports released today, that thriftiness is creating its own costs: mishandled contracts and payments from a lack of oversight.

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Obama Promises Retaliation Against ISIL For Slain American Journalist

During his speech, President Barack Obama said, "our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader strategy to protect our people and support our partners to take the fight to ISIL."
Credit Tasnim Shamma

President Barack Obama visited Charlotte today to speak at the American Legion’s annual national convention. The president justified air strikes in Iraq against the group ISIL, which has taken over large territories of the country.

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Local News
11:35 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Cow Manure "Overflowing" At Haywood County Farm

PETA posted a video Tuesday showing alleged abuse at Osborne Farm
Credit PETA

The state environmental agency has cited a dairy farm near Asheville for allowing waste from cows to overflow, days after the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused the farm of mistreating its cows.

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