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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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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A Trifling Place
5:53 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 8: The Story Behind Those Big Statues On Independence Square

The Sculptures on The Square at Trade & Tryon in Uptown Charlotte. Clockwise from left: Commerce, Transportation, Industry and The Future.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / flickr/lumierefl

OK, lots of cities have a Square. There’s Red Square, Times Square, St. Peter’s Square to name a few.

And then … there’s Independence Square. Where’s that, you ask? Charlotte – at the intersection of Trade and Tryon.

In case you didn’t know, this intersection is where a Native American trading path - Trade Street – crossed what used to be called the Great Wagon Road, which we now know as Tryon.  

Today, the intersection is named Independence Square to recognize the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. County leaders signed the document on May 20, 1775, declaring freedom from tyranny … I mean England … more than a year before the Continental Congress did it in Philly.

Four statues at each corner of the intersection further distinguish the square. These statues are the subject of this edition of A Trifling Place

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Local News
5:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Foxx Won't Seek A 3rd Term

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is not running for a third term.

Foxx announced his decision during this interview with WSOC-TV. Foxx says reports that President Obama is considering him as the next Secretary of Transportation has nothing to do with his decision. He said he's been discussing it with his wife for a few months. Foxx said the big reason he’s leaving because he feels he’s accomplished much of what he came into office to do.

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Local News
10:26 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Cabarrus County Plans 15-Acre Compost Facility

A residential compost bin after about 10 months of use.
Credit flickr/E.v. Meunch

Composting ... has a certain ick factor. But Cabarrus County commissioners are trying to make it cool and are working on converting 15-acres of one of their landfills into a composting facility.

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Politics
9:14 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Immigrants Line Up For DACA Licenses

Nineteen-year-old Pedro Caram, who has deferred status, crams for his driver's license test.

Monday was the first day immigrants who were granted deferred action status were eligible to receive their licenses in North Carolina. These are immigrants who were brought to the country as kids by their parents.

The design of the North Carolina driver licenses generated controversy last month when they were first unveiled because of the bold pink color that easily set them apart from other licenses. A new design was announced a few days ago.  

We spoke to a few immigrants standing in line today at the DMV office on North Tryon and Harris Boulevard to get their thoughts.


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South Carolina
3:36 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

SC Lawmakers Look To Make It Illegal For Doctors To Ask About Guns

Credit flickr/Gregory Wild-Smith

Fifty-five South Carolina lawmakers have signed on to legislation that would prohibit health care providers from asking patients about gun ownership. 

At issue is confusion around what is in the Affordable Care Act.

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Airlines
9:40 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Celebrating 45 Years With US Airways (Well, Sort Of)

Bette Burke-Nash (l) and Joan Myers-Singh worked for Eastern Airlines in Washington D.C. Nash is the longest-serving US Airways employee. She began her career as a stewardess in 1957. Eastern did not merge with today’s US Airways but its hourly shuttle routes between D.C., New York and Boston became part of the airline.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

These days, it's not that often that employees work for the same company for most if not all of their careers. Thursday night, US Airways celebrated employees who have done just that.


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A Trifling Place
3:27 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 7: Turn Green Already!

Nine TV displays and several computers are used to monitor the traffic in control room in the old city hall.
Tasnim Shamma

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

Find out how Charlotte's traffic signals work

Every city has its share of traffic issues. In Charlotte, for example, there are a lot of complaints about rush hour near Ballantyne on I-485. (Relief is coming. That section of the road is scheduled to be expanded to three lanes by December 2014.)

But today we're not talking about the quality of the Charlotte region’s roads. We’ll focus on an issue the Charlotte Department of Transportation has a little more control over: traffic lights.

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Local News
6:36 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Concord City Council To Vote On Flight Training Center Incentive

Two Marines use simulation training to practice for situations they are unable to rehearse during regular flights in Havelock, N.C.
Credit flickr/CherryPoint

Concord city council members will vote this week on whether to give a local flight training center a $56,527  tax rebate over three years to expand. FlyRight is a training center located across the street from the Concord Regional Airport. The company plans to invest $5 million to build a second flight simulator. Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt says he hopes this will translate to more business for the airport.

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Local News
5:25 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Sequestration Cuts To Hit Control Tower At Concord Airport

A plane parked at the Concord Regional Airport in Concord, N.C.
Credit flickr/Willamor Media

What's an airport without a control tower? One that can expect to see a lot less traffic. As part of the sequestration cuts to the federal budget, the Federal Aviation Administration has given the city of Concord official notice that it will end the contract that funds the tower program at Concord Regional Airport.  

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