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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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.
Tasnim Shamma

 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
Tasnim Shamma

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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Sports
5:05 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Charlotte Named Finalist To Host Summer X-Games

One of several hundred skateboarders at the Battle Slam Jam at Grayson Skatepark in August 2009. If Charlotte is chosen to host the summer X-Games in 2014, it would be one of the biggest extreme sports events on the East Coast.
Credit flickr/James Willamor

The X-Games may have a three-year run in Charlotte. ESPN announced that Charlotte is one of four cities being considered to host the summer X-Games for three years, starting in 2014. It's a four-day event with multiple extreme sports including BMX freestyle, skateboarding and motorbike competitions. Josh Frazier, the owner of the South End clothing and skateboard shop, Black Sheep, says the event would show a different side to the city.

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A Trifling Place
5:14 am
Fri April 26, 2013

What's The Charlotte Accent?

Credit Tasnim Shamma

When you "talk,"  do you say "tawk" or "tock?" What does it mean to have a Charlotte accent? If you were born in the Charlotte region (or even if you’re a newcomer like me), we want to know what you sound like. 

So we've started a new project to collect your voices called The Charlotte Accent Project. We'll publish your recordings and photos on the radio as well as our web site, Tumblr blog, Facebook and Twitter

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Taxes
4:21 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Vehicle Tax, Tag Fee Due At Same Time Beginning July 1

Starting July 1, driver's annual vehicle inspection, registration renewal and vehicle property tax will be due the same month each year.
Credit NCDOT

If you've been to any DMV office recently, you may have seen the “Tax and Tag Together” posters. Starting July 1, state residents will receive one bill for both their vehicle's property tax and tag fee.


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Business
11:27 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Chinese IT Firm Calls Charlotte Home, Adds 200 Jobs

Pactera, an IT consulting firm based in Beijing announced today that it will add 200 jobs and make Charlotte its U.S. headquarters. During the announcement at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, they presented a video in Mandarin with English subtitles.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 One of China's largest IT consulting firms, Pactera, announced Monday it's adding 200 jobs in Charlotte over the next few years and making the city its U.S. headquarters.


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Politics
9:31 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Auto Insurance Bill To Reform Industry Fails House

House Bill 265 would have allowed insurance companies to file for an increase or decrease in auto insurance rates of seven percent.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The House Insurance Committee voted down a bill Tuesday that would have changed how the auto insurance industry makes changes to auto premiums. Currently, auto insurance companies are represented by an agency – the North Carolina Rate Bureau – that files for rate increases on behalf of more than 160 companies each year.

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