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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A Trifling Place
5:19 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Episode 11: Is Charlotte In The Bible Belt?

The cross at First Baptist Church West.
Tasnim Shamma

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

When I accepted this job, I knew I was choosing to live in the so-called "Bible Belt". I didn't think much of it at the time, but my travel guidebook on Charlotte warned me to get used to the question, "Which Church Do You Go To?" Or in my case, "Which Mosque Do You Go To?" And it was right.

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Local News
8:51 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Gaston Secures Federal Grant For High Tech Job Center

Gaston College received a $1.5 million federal grant to build an advanced manufacturing center to train students and locals.
Credit Gaston College

Like the rest of the state, Gaston County is facing a shortage of people with the skills required to work in 

today's high tech factories. Gaston College hopes to address the issue with a training center for students and local residents. This week, the college received a one-and-a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.


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Business
9:32 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems Celebrates New Charlotte HQ

UTC Aerospace System's new world headquarters in West Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

One of the largest aerospace systems providers in the world opened its headquarters in West Charlotte Friday. UTC Aerospace Systems designs and manufactures products like propellers and engines and was founded last year after several mergers and acquisitions. Executives say it expects to add about 50 more jobs in the next five years.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Sequester Extinguishes July 4th Fireworks At Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg

Sky Flowers from Camp Lejeune's Independence Day celebration in 2009. The Marine Corps base will not host a fireworks celebration this year because of budget cuts.
Credit Louis Shackleton/Flickr

  It'll be a less explosive Fourth of July celebration at military bases in North Carolina this year. Two of the state's major military bases are cancelling fireworks due to budget cuts.

Fort Bragg has had a fireworks display for more than 30 years. It does them big and it does them loud.

More than 50,000 people from Fort Bragg and Fayetteville show up for the celebrations. The U.S. military lost more than 10 percent of its budget this year because of federal budget cuts and the policy known as sequestration. Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum says it's unfortunate.

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Education
2:42 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

UNC Charlotte Students Make Progress On Solar House

A view of the solar house at UNC Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

UNC Charlotte's Solar Decathlon Team says it's about half-way through completing the construction of its solar house. They were recently nominated from teams all over the world to compete in a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.  

The UNC Charlotte team is calling their $300,000 solar house, UrbanEden. It's been four months in the making and you can see the walls now and imagine what it will look like when it's finished.   

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Politics
1:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Foxx Confirmed As Next Transportation Secretary

The Senate voted 100-0 to confirm Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next U.S. transportation secretary.
Credit CSPAN

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has been confirmed as the next U.S. Transportation Secretary. The Senate voted unanimously in his favor Thursday afternoon.  

Before the vote, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller praised Foxx.

"He is an expert on transportation, intermodal and otherwise," Rockefeller says. "He understands the lay of the land and he's done it. He's a superb and qualified person who is very much needed to overlook our enormous transportation system, which is in trouble"

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Local News
9:28 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Dentist Shortage A State, National Issue

A shortage of dentists is both a statewide and national trend, according to a Pew study. Half of all kids enrolled in Medicaid did not receive care in 2011.

In North Carolina, about half of all kids enrolled in Medicaid did not receive dental care in 2011. That's nothing to brag about, but it's in line with the national average, according to a Pew study released Tuesday

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There And Back
11:57 am
Sat June 22, 2013

There And Back: The Reed Gold Mine

A Pan-O-lympics participant at The Reed Gold Mine finishes the speed panning event in style.
Tasnim Shamma

For the next few months, WFAE is hitting the road to explore some of the places you can visit as a day trip from the Charlotte area. Last week, we took you to Lazy 5 Ranch, a roadside petting zoo in Mooresville.

Today, we’re turning to a local treasure: a state historic site in Midland that marks the first documented discovery of gold in the United States.


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Education
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Northeastern-Charlotte Adds Doctor Of Education

Northeastern-Charlotte is now accepting applications for a doctor of education.
Credit Northeastern University

Boston-based Northeastern University is now offering a third doctoral degree program through its Charlotte campus. The UNC Board of Governors approved a doctoral degree in education last week, making it the school's third doctoral degree. The first two -- in nursing and physical therapy -- were approved in May. They were the first to be approved for a university not based in North Carolina. Cheryl Richards is the CEO and dean of the Charlotte campus. She says a doctor of education or EdD is different from a PhD because it's not focused on research. 

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Solar Energy
5:43 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Duke Energy Ranks Eighth In Solar Rankings

Duke Energy ranked eighth in the nation among regulated utility holding companies for total solar capacity in 2012.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Since its merger with Progress last summer, Duke Energy has become the country's largest regulated utility company. But a report from the Solar Electric Power Association shows it ranks eighth in 2012 for the amount of solar power it can use at any one time.  


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