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
4:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

City Stops Paying Court Costs For CMPD Officer

Officer Randall Kerrick

If you're a city employee sued by anyone while you're on the job, the city will help pay for your legal costs. That's how it usually works.

But last month, city manager Ron Carlee decided to stop paying attorney fees for Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick.That's because CMPD charged him with a crime: voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell.


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Housing
5:46 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

More Than 10,000 Sign Up For Affordable Housing Waitlist

A screenshot of an informational video explaining how to apply to get onto the waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The Charlotte Housing Authority opened its waitlist for Section 8 housing for the first time in seven years and it has already received more than 10,000 applications.

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Transportation
10:05 am
Mon September 22, 2014

New Bridge To Open In Independence Widening Project

A view of the Conference Drive bridge, which is scheduled to open on Tuesday at midnight.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Starting midnight Tuesday, you'll be able to drive over a new bridge in east Charlotte.

It's on Conference Drive and it's part of a $51 million project to widen Independence Boulevard between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.


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Local News
8:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Parents Say Charter School Closing Was Short Notice

Nine-year-old Kenyatta Booker and his mother Brandy Mmnabar. Mmnabar says she was very angry when she found out that the school would be closing down the next day when she went to pick up her son.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Friday was the last day of school for about 120 students at a charter school in east Charlotte. It's closing its doors less than three weeks after opening because of financial troubles. Parents will now have to figure out where to send their children next week.


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Local News
5:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Panthers' Hardy Won't Play Until Domestic Violence Case Resolved

Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will not play again until his domestic violence case is resolved. The Panthers announced Wednesday that the team, the NFL and Hardy agreed he should take a voluntary leave with pay. In July, a judge found Hardy guilty of two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence. Hardy appealed and is waiting on a jury trial.    

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Police
7:49 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte NAACP Holds Vigil For Jonathan Ferrell One Year After His Death

Reverend Rodney Sadler of Union Presbyterian Seminary prayed for an end to racism during the vigil on Tuesday night across CMPD headquarters in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

More than two dozen people attended a prayer vigil for Jonathan Ferrell across the street from police headquarters in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday night.

Ferrell was shot ten times by a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer last year.


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Local News
8:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Festival Of India Celebrates 20 Years In Charlotte

More than 900 artists performed during the two-day festival in uptown Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

Twenty years ago, the inaugural Festival of India was held inside Spirit Square in uptown. It drew about 500 people. And every year since, the festival has gotten bigger as the Indian community in Charlotte grows.

This weekend, more than 20,000 people attended the festival.

  

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Transportation
5:06 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Mooresville Residents Sign Petition To Stop I-77 Toll Lanes

Audience members signed petitions to Governor Pat McCrory requesting the cancellation of the widening project.
Credit Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net

Construction on I-77 toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville is expected to begin next year. More than 120 people came out to Mooresville to learn about the lanes and sign petitions to stop the project. The meeting was organized by the group Widen I-77, which is against the toll lanes.


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Local News
10:06 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Pigs Race For Oreos At Cabarrus County Fair

Hammy Faye Bacon won a full Oreo cookie after winning first place in the Robinson's Racing Pigs event at the Cabarrus County Fair.
Tasnim Shamma

More than 80,000 visitors are expected to visit the Cabarrus County Fair this week. It's been an attraction in the county for more than 60 years. 

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Local News
3:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Courts Statewide Deal With Shortage Of Court Reporters

Carolyn Kostecki has been a private court reporter for more than 28 years. She says this the first time she was asked to replace a state court reporter to cover a trial at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

This summer, lawmakers cut more than $3.5 million from the state court system. Since 2009, more than $133 million has been cut from the judicial branch and more than 600 positions have been eliminated.

These cuts mean local courthouses are underfunded and overworked, says Todd Nuccio. He's the trial court administrator for Mecklenburg County: 

"Yes, the work gets done. But the question is: could we be doing so much more? Could we be doing so much better? And the answer is clearly yes."

But sometimes, the work doesn’t get done. Trials across the state are being canceled or postponed because of a shortage of court reporters caused by those budget cuts.


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