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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Energy
5:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Duke Energy's Store Sells Sort-Of-Free Lightbulbs

The Duke Energy Savings Store is selling highly discounted LED and CFL lightbulbs.
Credit Duke Energy website

Duke Energy is offering free lightbulbs when you order them online. Well, almost free. You can order lightbulbs for up to 92 percent off the retail price. The company's efforts to promote energy efficiency helps their bottom line.


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Crime
9:45 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Monroe Couple Were Guardians, Not Foster Parents Of Handcuffed Child

The Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to their front porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck are not the foster parents of that child, as previously reported. DHHS says the foster care license for Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper expired in 2010.


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Crime
3:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

$500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child

Bond was set for $500,000 for Dorian Lee Harper, left and $520,000 Wanda Sue Larson, both 57, of Monroe.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

 Bond was set for about $500,000 each for the Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch. Dorian Harper and Wanda Larson -- a supervisor in the county's department of social services -- had their first court appearance in front of a Union County judge Monday morning. On Friday, an animal control officer found the child while responding to a complaint about a loose animal. While looking for the animal, he followed a trail that led to the child's secluded home.

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Arts & Life
10:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

'Sacrificial Poets' Teach Students How To Spit Poetry

Starr Seward, the Sacrificial Poets’ Program Coordinator, writes down 'problems of the world' on the whiteboard.
Tasnim Shamma

Spoken word poetry is about dramatic storytelling. A Raleigh performance poetry group called Sacrificial Poets is performing at UNC Charlotte this weekend. They're in town for a three-day residency that involves teaching college students and visiting some local schools to teach them about the art of busting a rhyme.

Sacrificial Poets artist director Kane "Novakane" Smego, starts off the class with a piece about growing up in Durham with a single mother.  

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A Trifling Place
3:50 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 14: Charlotte vs. Raleigh

The relationship between Charlotte and Raleigh is like one of two squabbling siblings.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / Photos by James Willamor/NCDOT (Flickr)

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Charlotte has a lot of nicknames. Some of them are flattering and others … not so much. One of them is "The Great State of Mecklenburg." Much of this has to do with how Raleigh perceives Charlotte and vice versa.

"If you've lived here long enough, you know about the bitter feud between Raleigh and Charlotte," Morgan Fogarty says on Fox News Edge in 2008. "They hate us. We don't care." 

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Crime
9:16 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Ski Mask Rapist' Confesses To Six More Crimes

Jerry Brooks, 63, was sentenced to life on November 7, after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree rape. He confessed to six other rapes in Charlotte.
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A 34-year-old sexual assault case ended Tuesday. In 1979, Jerry Brooks raped at least eight women in Charlotte. He was scheduled to go to trial today but as part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.


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Politics
4:45 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Cannon Talks Priorities

Mayor-elect Patrick Cannon at his first press conference at the new Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. He will be sworn in on December 2.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Patrick Cannon says he's still pinching himself after realizing a life-long dream of becoming mayor of Charlotte. He held his first press conference as mayor-elect in front of the new Romare Bearden Park in uptown to highlight his goals when he takes office in December.

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Politics
8:38 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Charlotte's New Mayor: Patrick Cannon

Credit City of Charlotte

Democrat Patrick Cannon won the mayoral race for Charlotte with 53 percent (50,768) of the vote. Republican Edwin Peacock had about 46.9 percent of the total votes with 44,922 votes. 

For the City Council at-large seats, the four with the most votes are all Democrats: Michael Barnes, Vi Lyles, David Howard and Claire Fallon. The top-vote getter in this race, Barnes, is now mayor pro tem. 

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Education
7:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

JCSU's Carter Pushes To Loosen Standards For Federal PLUS Loans

Congressman Mel Watt (D-12), talks about the "strange and marginal" connection between the mortgage foreclosures of 2008 and denial of Parent PLUS loans. "It was the housing meltdown that led to a number of these parents in a position where they did not qualify under the revised Parent PLUS standards," Watt says.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Johnson C. Smith University President Ron Carter is urging the Department of Education to reconsider changes to the Federal Parent PLUS loan. Carter blames those changes for the school's recent three million dollar budget cut.

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Crime
2:32 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Toxicology, Autopsy Report For Shooting Victim Ferrell Released

Jonathan Ferrell was shot to death by a CMPD officer in northeast Mecklenburg county on September 14.
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

The state's medical examiner's office released a toxicology and autopsy report for Jonathan Ferrell on Friday afternoon. The report shows that the 24-year-old had nicotine, a small amount of alcohol and caffeine in his system on the night of his death in mid-September. The report shows that Ferrell's blood alcohol level was .06 percent. State law puts the legal blood alcohol level limit at .08 percent while driving.

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