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
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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Crime
11:51 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Judge Grants Prosecutor Control Of Police Shooting Video; Effectively Blocks Release

Superior Court District Judge Richard Boner signed an order to block the release the dash cam video.
Tasnim Shamma

A judge on Thursday effectively prohibited CMPD from releasing dash-cam video footage from the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot 10 times by a police officer.


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Sports
10:33 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Charlotte 49ers Marching Band Will Join Team In 2015

The 25-member drum line performs during a game on October 12.
Wade Bruton UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte's football team is gaining momentum but fans can't help but think something is missing.  The school recently announced plans to build a marching band by 2015.  

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Hunting
10:24 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Illegal Dumping Of Dead Deer, Dogs On Rise In York County

Credit Courtesy of York County Sheriff's Office

Surveillance cameras are set up along some rural roads in York County, SC, in an effort to stop hunters from dumping skinned deer. Sergeant Broadus Strain says hunters are leaving the deer on the side of roads and in creeks under bridges. He says people are also dumping dog carcasses in the area.

"A lot of people like to get out and walk and keep their community clean, they'll find something like this and it really upsets them, because they really don't want the coyotes and other dogs and stuff to come in, especially around their livestock," Strain says. 

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A Trifling Place
12:40 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Cupid' Ranks Southern Drawl Most Attractive in North America

A new "study" found that 45 percent of men prefer women with a Southern accent, according to Cupid.com.
Credit Cupid.com

Turns out the “lilting twang of the South” is the most attractive accent in North America, according to a “study” by Cupid.com. From their press release:

When it comes to romance, most of us dream of long lazy days in the sun, epic sunsets and, ahem, rolls in the hay.

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Crime
9:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Police Arrest 15 As Part Of 'Operation Heartbreak Hotels'

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins speaking at a press conference at CMPD's North Tryon Division.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 Federal and local law enforcement officers have been working to cut down on the number of drug transactions taking place at hotels along the I-85 and Sugar Creek corridor. After a four-month investigation, police arrested fifteen people this morning and charged them with possession of drugs and firearms. 

It was déjà vu for the Sugar Creek neighborhood. In February of 2012, CMPD arrested nine people on drug, gun and robbery charges. Crime went down briefly says U.S. attorney Anne Tompkins.  

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Crime
12:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Fiancee Of Shooting Victim Ferrell Wants CMPD To Release Dash-Cam Video

Caché Heidel, the fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, standing next to family attorney Christopher Chestnut, told reporters that she believes the dash-cam video would show that Ferrell's death was unjustified.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed 24-year-old man killed by a police officer last month, wants the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to release a dash-cam video of the incident in which he was shot 10 times.

But CMPD says the decision to release the video is no longer theirs.

Caché Heidel spoke softly, looked uncomfortable and made clear that she did not want to be at the Ritz-Carlton uptown as reporters waited for her to speak.

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Arts & Life
11:36 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Light Factory Members Want To Keep Independence

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum is no longer looking to merge with other area organizations.

The museum of photography and film announced last week that it was suspending operations while it tries to reorganize. The museum's board chairman Jeff Wise says a merger was a possibility but museum members want it to remain independent.

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Solar Energy
4:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon

UNC Charlotte took home the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon People's Choice Award at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California on October 12, 2013.
Carol Anna/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

UNC Charlotte's solar house, UrbanEden, placed 13 out of 19th in the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif., that ended this past weekend, but the team went home with the People's Choice Award.

Team Austria won first place in the competition, the University of Nevada Las Vegas won second and the Czech Republic won third. 

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Education
12:27 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Students Tag And Release Monarch Butterflies

Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Martha Abernethy, places one of 24 monarch butterflies on a student's hand during the release.
Tasnim Shamma

Kindergarten and fourth-grade students at Barringer Academic Center in Charlotte spent the last few months learning about the life cycle and migration patterns of the Monarch butterfly.

The Monarch is well known for its bright orange and black wings, but also for its annual migration from Mexico to Canada – and back – every year.

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