Tasnim Shamma

Reporter

Tasnim Shamma joined WFAE as a reporter in August 2012. Before that, she spent a year as a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered and the National Desk in Washington, D.C. She also spent three months at NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom. She graduated from Princeton's Class of 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian. She worked as a video intern, copy editor and reporter at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek in New York City and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She grew up in Queens, New York and looks forward to new adventures in Charlotte.

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Crime
5:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Man Shot By Stray Bullet On July 4 Is In Fair Condition

Sopheap Kim and her husband Brandon Yam with three of their children - Randy, Kelli and Christian.
Credit Courtesy of Chanda Yam Wilson

The family of Brandon Yam, the man who was shot in the head by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, says he may be released from the hospital this week.

Family members are asking for any information that will help them identify the kind of bullet that struck him.


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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Salisbury City Manager Booted After Closed Session

The entrance to Salisbury's City Hall building in Rowan County.
Tasnim Shamma

The city of Salisbury now has an interim city manager. That's because two weeks ago, city council members effectively fired former city manager Doug Paris.

The city's communications director resigned the next day.

  

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Religion
9:24 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hip-Hop Church Targets Young Crowd With Gospel Beats

GeneratiONE Church Charlotte pastor Quinn Rodgers preaches from a first-person perspective, narrating the Old Testament story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac.
Tasnim Shamma

It's fair to say that – at least in Charlotte – it's not news when a church opens. But a new church in Huntersville is doing something different to get young people in the door. It's using hip-hop to deliver its message.

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Transportation
4:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Study Shows I-77 Toll Lane Trip Could Top Out At $11

A graphic from a 2012 study commissioned by NCDOT shows congestion during the morning hours between WT Harris Boulevard and Gilead Road.
Credit Stantec/NCDOT

A 2012 study indicates a trip between uptown Charlotte and Mooresville on an express toll lane could cost between $9 to $11 during rush hour.

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Arts & Life
5:02 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre Will Close This Month

Credit CAST

After more than two decades in Charlotte, the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre is shutting down because of declining ticket sales and continuing financial challenges.


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History
9:13 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Juneteenth Festival Focuses On Celebration, Education

A passageway labeled Juneteenth marks the end of the black history exhibit at the Juneetenth Festival of the Carolinas at Independence Park.
Tasnim Shamma

Thousands gathered at Independence Park in Charlotte this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth. That's short for June 19th. The date back in 1865, it's believed, that the last remaining black slaves learned that they were free.  


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Transportation
8:59 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

CATS Offers Two New Express Bus Routes To Charlotte Airport

The Route 590 Airport Connector will run from Northlake Mall's Park & Ride lot to the airport via I-485.
Credit CATS

There's a lot of construction going on at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There are also fewer parking spaces. So finding parking is not easy.   

But to make it a little easier, airport and transit officials will begin offering two new express bus routes to the airport starting Monday. 


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Local News
12:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Spike ... And Splash: Professionals Get Muddy For Habitat Charlotte

A member of the mud volleyball team, The Dirty Murphys, falls during a mud volleyball match.
Tasnim Shamma

More than 500 people gathered in south Charlotte on Sunday to get dirty playing mud volleyball. It’s an annual fundraiser hosted by Habitat Young Professionals for Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte.


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WFAE Talks
9:04 am
Fri June 6, 2014

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon And His Guilty Plea

This week’s podcast focuses on Patrick Cannon’s guilty plea and the observations of reporters Ben Bradford and Tasnim Shamma in covering the event. Plus, our new “MeghaMeter” segment scrutinizes a press release from Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate campaign.

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Law Enforcement
3:57 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Eastway Division Model For Future Police Stations

The new CMPD Eastway Division station houses 104 police officers and 15 members of the Northeast Code Enforcement Service Area team.
Credit City of Charlotte

The city of Charlotte wants its police stations to be more of a one-stop shop. In east Charlotte, city officials celebrated the grand opening of a new police station Wednesday morning. It houses more than 100 police officers and 15 members of the city's code enforcement team. Neighborhood & Business Services director Patrick Mumford says he and CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe first discussed the idea of moving some of his staff into police stations about three years ago.

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