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
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Northeastern-Charlotte Adds Doctor Of Education

Northeastern-Charlotte is now accepting applications for a doctor of education.
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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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Weather
8:52 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Charlotte Region Still Has 12,000 Outages From Storm

John Rowland of Duke Energy climbs a pole to check on the transformer in North Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

There are still about 12,000 power outages in Mecklenburg and neighboring counties. About 350,000 Duke and Progress energy customers lost power after a severe thunderstorm Friday night.

Keith Meza, is a Duke Energy crew member who has been working almost non-stop since then. He was in north Charlotte Friday helping remove tree limbs that had fallen and damaged power lines.

"Other than ice storms and hurricanes we've had, it's probably one of the worst ones I've ever seen due to high winds and lightning and hail," Meza says. 

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A Trifling Place
12:47 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Episode 10: The Charlotte Ninety-Niners

These American Gold Eagle coins at Perry's in South Park contain one ounce of pure gold. One ounce is currently worth $1,385.
Tasnim Shamma

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

When I first moved here, there was one billboard that I found really confusing. It was for the new '49ers football team at UNC Charlotte. 

The only 49ers I know of are 3,000 miles away … in San Francisco.

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Theater
5:02 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Broadway Honors 'The Lost Colony' With Tony

The Lost Colony CEO Bill Coleman and director Ira David Wood III accept the 2013 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre at the 2013 Tony Awards Eve Cocktail Party at Lugo Caffe on June 8, 2013.
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One of the longest-running outdoor dramas in the country, The Lost Colony, has won a Tony Honor for excellence in theatre. It's a first for North Carolina. This summer, the show enters its 76th season in Manteo, which is part of the Outer Banks.


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Solar Energy
9:21 am
Thu June 6, 2013

IKEA-Charlotte Now Operates (Partly) On Sunshine

There are 4,228 solar panels on top of the IKEA store in Charlotte. It's expected to produce about 25 percent of the store's electricity, on average.
Tasnim Shamma

Furniture giant IKEA has just installed 4,228 solar panels on the roof of its store in Charlotte. The panels are expected to generate up to half of the store's electricity. 


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Extreme Sports
9:33 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Wow-ing ESPN Executives In X-Games Bid With Racing

Travis Pastrana stands in front of the main race track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to promote Charlotte's bid to host the X Games.
Tasnim Shamma

ESPN executives toured the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday to see if it would make a good site to host the summer X Games. The X Games is a four-day event of extreme sports such as BMX freestyle, skateboarding and motorbike competitions. Charlotte is one of four cities ESPN is considering to host the games for three years, starting next summer. 


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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.
Tasnim Shamma

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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