Tanner Latham

Authentic South Host

Tanner spent the first 10 years of his career in print as a travel and features writer for Southern Living magazine in Birmingham, Alabama.

He then transitioned into multimedia reporting, using sound, video, and photography to tell his stories.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Tanner is a world traveler, folk art collector, foodie, and he always tries the local beer on tap.

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Sports
1:32 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

First Practice For The 49ers

The 49ers will play their first game in August of 2013.
Tanner Latham

While there were no helmets or pads, there was a lot of running.

About 85 football players, all decked out in their squeaky clean t-shirts, shorts, and cleats ran full field sprints.  For the next three weeks, they’ll be doing these daily conditioning drills and learning their position techniques.

The first game is not until August 31st, 2013, over a year away. Because of that, head coach Brad Lambert says one of his biggest challenges is to keep it these practices creative.  

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Science & Environment
3:34 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

West Nile Virus Cases Up In The Carolinas

A mosquito.
dr_relling/Flickr

Across the country, West Nile virus cases are up four times over what is normal for this time of year. The Center for Disease Control reports it’s one of the largest outbreaks ever. And in the Carolinas, the numbers are up and expected to rise as the mosquito season continues.

Experts can’t put a finger on exactly why there are so many cases this year. But they speculate that the mild winter, early spring, and hot summer have stimulated mosquito breeding. And thus increased the spread of the virus.

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Around the Nation
6:28 am
Sat August 25, 2012

For A Craftsman, Shining Shoes Offers Ties To Home

Marsha, who uses a 20-step shining process, promises that all of his customers will leave feeling like they have brand new shoes.
Tanner Latham for NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:29 pm

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Sports
12:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Checking In On The Long Shot Rookie

Bersin has been working out with the special teams as a kickoff and punt returner.

A little over a week ago we met a rookie wide receiver trying to earn a spot on the Carolina Panthers. His name is Brenton Bersin. He's a long shot from Charlotte who signed as a free agent, meaning he wasn't drafted by any team. His next big hurdle is to make it through the team's first cut on August 27. 

When we first met Brenton Bersin, he was catching kickoffs in the Panthers walk-through practices down in Spartanburg at Wofford College. 

Those surroundings were very familiar. He had been a stand-out wide receiver at Wofford and graduated back in May.

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DNC 2012
12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Booking Leftover DNC Rooms

The DNC originally blocked off 15,000 rooms for the week of the convention, and it announced Tuesday that 93 percent of those rooms have been booked. Overall, 7 percent is a small margin.

But releasing those rooms—a little over 1,000 in all—also means that some hotels beyond the 485 loop are left scrambling to recoup what could be a huge loss.

The Hampton Inn in Salisbury blocked out 80 percent of its rooms for the DNC to help Charlotte secure the bid for the convention. When the DNC released the hold on Monday, none of those rooms had been booked.

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Local News
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Gunshot Trackers Activated

A new gunshot tracking system installed in the city by the CMPD went live Monday. The department is hoping this technology helps it respond faster and more accurately to shootings.

The system is called ShotSpotter, and it uses small antennae, these acoustic sensors, that activate as soon as a gunshot is detected. The sensors then triangulate to give a precise location of the gunfire. The CMPD dispatch center is alerted anytime that happens.

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Local News
2:07 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Revaluation Town Hall Meetings

Persistent complaints about the 2011 property revaluation in Mecklenburg County enters a new phase this week. A private auditor, hired by the county to investigate the revaluation process, will hold a series of six public meetings. The first is Monday night in Matthews.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Munching On Central

Restaurant owner Jamile Shiekh is a refuge from Somalia who moved to Charlotte in the mid-1990s.
Tanner Latham www.wfae.org

We’re still talking about the chicken suqaar from Jamile’s.

Yes, the shrimp rolls at Ben Thahn (Vietnamese) were fresh and delicious. And the tres leches and flan from El Purgarcito (Salvadoran) sweetly capped our afternoon.

But Jamile’s (Somali) chicken suqaar—a stewed chicken dish prepared with greens, salad lettuces, and spongy bread called canjeero—was flat out phenomenal.

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