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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NASCAR
6:10 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Attention NASCAR Fans: XFINITY To Replace Nationwide Series

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France says he likes Comcast because it's an innovative company.
Tasnim Shamma

The second-biggest series in NASCAR – the Nationwide Series  – will now be called the NASCAR XFINITY series. NASCAR announced Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame that Comcast Cable's XFINITY internet service will be the title sponsor for the series for the next 10 years.


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Crime
5:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Be Careful On Craigslist Transactions, CMPD Warns

Credit Tasnim Shamma

If you're going to buy and sell on Craigslist, be sure to use common sense. That was the message Tuesday from Charlotte police in the wake of three people getting robbed trying to buy phones off Craigslist.

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Crime
4:05 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Fire Captain Resigns After Admitting To Stealing Patient's Pain Pills

Charlotte Fire Department captain Charlie Morris has resigned after admitting to stealing prescription drugs from a patient last week.


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Courts
7:21 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Federal Jury Rules CMPD Officer Used Excessive Force In Taser Death

The parents of La-Reko Williams, Anthony Williams and Temako McCarthy, leave the federal courthouse in Charlotte after the trial of CMPD police officer Michael Forbes ended Thursday afternoon.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

A federal jury ruled today that a CMPD Officer used excessive force when he fired a taser on a man a second time, causing his death in 2011.

The jury also awarded the victim's family $500,000.


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Veterans Affairs
9:57 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Obama Says He'll Fix The VA; Veterans Hope Action To Follow

President Barack Obama addresses the American Legion at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday.
Tasnim Shamma

Garrison caps laden with pins are the current uniform of the choice at the Charlotte Convention Center. They are the trademark hats of the American Legion. On Tuesday, delegates at the group’s national convention were addressed by President Barack Obama.

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Veterans Affairs
3:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

President Obama Announces Executive Actions To Fix VA Hospitals

President Barack Obama says the new veteran's health law will help fix the VA system.
Tasnim Shamma

President Barack Obama was in Charlotte today to introduce the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and to announce that he will sign 19 new executive actions to help veterans. He spoke to a packed hall of veterans with the American Legion at the Charlotte Convention Center during their national conference.


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Veterans Affairs
9:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Veterans Air Grievances About VA During Town Hall

Verna Jones, staff director at the American Legion office in Washington, D.C. holds the microphone for John Worholak of South Carolina.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The American Legion was one of the first veterans groups to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki after an inspector general report this year found that veterans were waiting months to get an appointment.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be speaking at the Charlotte Convention Center to a crowd of veterans attending the Legion’s national conference. His remarks will be followed by a speech by the new V.A. Secretary Robert McDonald. He replaced Shinseki after he resigned earlier this year.

And the V.A. is on the minds of many veterans attending the conference. Monday night, about two dozen veterans participated in a town hall meeting to air their grievances and share their experiences with the V.A. system.  


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Local News
8:27 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Charlotte's Asian Library Is 'A Hidden Treasure'

The Asian Library was opened in 1985 just a half mile east of uptown Charlotte.
XiaoSong He

Across the street from the Metropolitan shopping complex east of Uptown is the Asian Library. Never heard of it? You're not alone.  

"It is like a hidden treasure for Charlotte. Lots of people -- they walk in, they say, 'What is this place?'" -- XiaoSong Hè

Since 1985, it's grown into one of the largest private Asian libraries in the United States. It has more than 132,000 books in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.


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Environment
9:27 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NC Senate Passes Bill That Cuts Environmental Regulations

Venus flytrap
Credit hyperion327 / Flickr

On Friday, state senators passed the Regulatory Reform Act. It covers everything from oyster permits to Venus flytraps. It also includes a few sections on coastal management and isolated wetlands that environmental advocates say they're concerned about.  


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Business
4:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Dollar General Starts Bidding War For Family Dollar

Family Dollar's headquarters in Matthews.
Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

A bidding war is underway to buy Matthews-based retail discounter Family Dollar. A few weeks ago, Dollar Tree agreed to an $8.5 billion deal with Family Dollar.

On Monday, Dollar General CEO says his company is willing to pay $9.7 billion. Plus a $300 million break-up fee for Family Dollar to renege on its merger agreement. 


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