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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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon in front of the federal courthouse after pleading guilty.
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Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to public corruption charges. He admitted he accepted money in return for political influence, and then asked for forgiveness.


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Local News
9:39 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Restored Streamliners Draw Thousands To Spencer

The Champion (Atlantic Coast Line No. 501) was the oldest streamliner on display. It was built in 1939 as a passenger streamliner that had a route between New York City and Miami.
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Streamliners caused a stir throughout the U.S. when they made their debut in the 1930s.  These trains had a smooth, sleek design.  But they didn’t just look neat; they were fast, some of them reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. 

But by the 1960s, they disappeared as more people chose airplanes and cars.  Twenty-six of these restored streamliners were on display this weekend at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.

  

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Higher Education
8:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Robot Will Encourage Recycling At 49ers Football Stadium

Engineering students began working on RecycleBot in the fall of 2013.
Tasnim Shamma

Since it first opened, UNC Charlotte's football stadium has had a zero-waste initiative. That means almost no trash. Everything that can be … is recycled or composted.

Part of that initiative is a three and a half feet-tall robot called RecycleBot. Ten engineering students worked on the robot this spring.  


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Local News
10:34 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Volunteers Build Home For Veteran In West Charlotte

Habitat for Humanity volunteers in west Charlotte finished putting up the frames for the exterior walls of a new home for 59-year-old Navy veteran Gary Randolph.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 About two dozen volunteers were hard at work building a new home in west Charlotte on Monday.

Habitat for Humanity's Charlotte chapter held its second annual veterans home build on Memorial Day.


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Local News
4:33 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Summer Brings Fewer Parking Spaces At CLT Airport

If all of the long-term and daily airport parking lot options fill up this summer, passengers will be asked to use business valet, which costs $14 per day.
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If you’re flying out of Charlotte Douglas International – the airport is advising passengers to arrive early this Memorial Day weekend …. actually, for the whole summer.

That's because parking spaces are hard to find. The airport has demolished one parking deck to build a larger one.

Cindy Crissman is frustrated. 

"There's no parking. It's all limited," Crissman says. "When I've been down before, all – even long-term lots were full." 

But she's not looking for parking.  She drove down from Lexington three weeks ago to drop her friend off at the airport.

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A Trifling Place
9:29 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Episode #18: The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

A plaque commemorating the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on the corner of Trade and Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte. Many Charlotte streets, parks and public areas like Independence Square, are named in honor of the Meck Dec.
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  Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.


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Local News
5:45 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

CLT Airport Installs 24 New Passport Kiosks To Shorten Lines

Two dozen automated passport control kiosks were installed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport last week.
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International passengers going through Charlotte Douglas International Airport should now spend less time in line. 

The airport installed 24 new automated passport control kiosks last week. It's expected to reduce wait times by half, from 25 minutes to just under 10 minutes.

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Courts
5:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Judge Orders Hold On Civil Lawsuit Against CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick

Jonathan Ferrell was shot ten times on September 14, 2013 by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Police were responding to a report of an early morning break-in, but apparently Ferrell was seeking help after wrecking his car.
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

A civil lawsuit against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is on hold for sixty days while his criminal trial proceeds. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen made that decision Tuesday in response to a request by the city of Charlotte. The civil suit was filed by the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was fatally shot ten times by Kerrick in September. Ferrell was unarmed. 

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History
10:08 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mayor Opens 50-Year-Old Time Capsule And Finds A Soggy Message

The Park Terrace movie theater sign announcing the opening of the time capsule from its grand opening on May 11, 1964.
Tasnim Shamma

Fifty years ago, Charlotte Mayor Stanford Brookshire buried a time capsule in front of the Park Terrace movie theater in South Charlotte.

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Local News
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Child Abuse Bill In Memory of Union County Girl Passes Senate

A photo of Kilah Davenport after she was discharged from the hospital on July 19, 2012.
Credit Courtesy of Leslie Davenport

The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act passed the U.S. Senate unanimously on Wednesday night. It's a bill that asks Attorney General Eric Holder to issue a state-by-state report on child abuse prevention laws within 6 months. The goal is to get states to increase punishment for child abuse offenders.

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