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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Education
9:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pen Pals Just Two Miles Away Meet For The First Time

Wesley Baxter Jr., a first grader at Park Road Montessori was pen pals with Steven Ambrocio Lopez, a third grader at Sedgefield Elementary in south Charlotte.
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Perhaps you've had a pen pal as a kid. Chances are it was someone who lives far away. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools SchoolMates program has a pen pal program among its own schools. In one case, students from schools less than two miles apart wrote letters to each other throughout the school year. Wednesday, they got to meet each other for the first time.


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A Trifling Place
4:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 9: And The Charlotte Accent Is ...

More than 50 people participated in WFAE's Charlotte Accent Project. Listen to the podcast episode about the project below.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

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

So about a month ago, reporter Lisa Miller handed me a book called How To Speak Southern. It has some funny tips on how to exaggerate a Southern drawl – but it wasn't too surprising – I mean, it's pretty easy to identify a Southern accent.  But it got me thinking – I have no idea what a Charlottean sounds like. In New York, I can easily tell what part of the city you're from by your accent. In Charlotte, I still can't tell the tourists apart from the people who live here. So that's one reason we launched The Charlotte Accent Project … on a quest to find the one true Charlotte accent. 

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Taxes
10:07 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Anti-Tax Advocate Grover Norquist Visits Huntersville

Americans for Prosperity launched a $500,000 "Back in the Game" campaign last month to "tax less, tax fair and tax simple".
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Influential anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist made several stops in North Carolina yesterday. He visited the capitol to show support for Republican proposals to overhaul the state’s tax system, and ended the day in Huntersville. 


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Law Enforcement
4:37 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Cleveland County To Launch Inmate-Work Program

The Cleveland County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center in Shelby houses 82 inmates. It is one of the county's two detention centers.
Credit flickr/Jimmy Emerson

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is launching a new program this summer that will allow inmates in Cleveland County to volunteer with local nonprofits.  


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Education
5:33 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Northeastern-Charlotte Doubles Graduate Programs

Northeastern-Charlotte will be adding nine masters and two doctoral degree programs this fall. It currently offers eight masters programs.
Credit Northeastern University

Boston-based Northeastern University opened its Center City campus in January 2012 with eight masters programs. Now, the University is adding seven masters degrees and two doctoral degrees. The programs were approved two weeks ago by the UNC Board of Governors.

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Business
3:15 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Bank Of America Shareholders Approve Executive Pay

Bank of America held its annual shareholders' meeting in Charlotte today. CEO Brian Moynihan began the meeting highlighting the company's financial gains. He says the company has seen large growth in deposits and credit card accounts and has helped close to 2 million homeowners avoid foreclosure. He says internally, the company has been able to reduce costs to more quickly increase payouts for its shareholders.

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Aviation
9:03 am
Wed May 8, 2013

US Airways Mechanics File For Election To Join Teamsters

U.S. Airways mechanics held a press conference in South Charlotte to announce that they filed to hold an election today to join the Teamsters. An election will be held later this summer, pending approval from the National Mediation Board.
Credit Joel Coffidis

US Airways mechanics and technicians now have enough signatures to call for a union vote. At a news conference in south Charlotte, they announced that nearly 3,000 mechanics and technicians signed a petition to hold an election to be represented by another union, the Teamsters. Mechanics complained about low wages, high insurance premiums and poor representation by their current union, The International Association of Machinists. Luis Martinez is a lead mechanic for US Airways in Charlotte.

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Asian Festival
1:04 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Slideshow: Charlotte Asian Dragon Boat Festival

A dragon boat is a canoe-like craft made from wood and fiberglass that is colorfully painted and decorated with a dragon's head on the front and a tail on the back.
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 Thirty-seven teams competed for the top spot at the eighth annual dragon boat festival in Cornelius on Saturday. The teams consisted of up to 20 people and included three rounds of 200-meter races.  Wells Fargo Aquabeasts (Team I) took home the top prize. 

    See the full results here

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Entertainment
8:27 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Incentives That Landed Iron Man 3 Production Under Legislative Review

Iron Man 3 opened in theaters last week internationally and has already grossed $200 million. The movie was filmed in Wilmington.
Credit Marvel

Iron Man 3 – one of the most expensive films to ever come out of North Carolina – hit theaters Friday. It received $20 million in state incentives and lawmakers are now debating a bill that would remove the state's film tax credit – the same credit that brought the Iron Man 3 production to the state.


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Non-Profit
9:12 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Changed Choices Gives One Woman A Second Chance

Candice Ikard works at the Second Helping coffee and food cart
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Nationally, more than a quarter of all women who end up in prison, return to prison. A local nonprofit, Changed Choices, works to change that by providing support to female offenders from when they first enter prison and follows them even after they leave. After nearly a decade of work, only four percent of its clients have returned to prison.  


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