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
3:49 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Amplify Will Issue New Tablets To Guilford County Middle Schools

The new tablet will be manufactured by Intel and will feature a more durable screen, an advanced Wi-Fi radio, faster CPU and a stylus attached to the tablet. Guilford County Schools paid Amplify close to $3.2 million to provide tablets to 18 middle schools in the first year of its contract prior to halting the program in October of 2013.
Credit Amplify

The educational software and technology company Amplify announced it will issue 19,240 new tablets to Guilford County middle schools. The company says these tablets are durable and will feature "Gorilla Glass" screens and spill-resistant "rubber bumpers."

This is the company's second attempt to serve Guilford County Schools. The school district last fall leased 15,000 tablets as part of a $30 million federal Race To The Top grant. But one month into the program, more than 10 percent of Amplify tablets had cracked or broken screens. One student's tablet charger overheated and melted.

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Sports
5:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

CIAA Moves To Charlotte (and keeps tournament here)

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter shot a few hoops with Mayor Patrick Cannon after the press conference. Carpenter announced the CIAA will hold tournaments in Charlotte for at least six more years and will relocate its headquarters to Charlotte in 2016.
Tasnim Shamma

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), an athletic conference of historically black colleges and universities, just wrapped up its ninth basketball tournament this weekend in Charlotte. There was some question whether it would have a tenth year in the city, but CIAA officials said Monday the tournament is staying put. 

The CIAA's contract expired with the city this year and CIAA officials were looking at other cities for a better deal. On Monday, CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said Charlotte was able to offer one. 

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Crime
2:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box"

More than 200 people attended an expungement seminar last year to learn how to remove convictions from their criminal record to improve access to jobs and housing. Before the seminar, students from the Charlotte School of Law tried to recruit people to join the "Ban The Box" campaign.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee officially "banned the box" on Friday. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs – like police officers or airport employees.

Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process -- in some departments after several rounds of interviews.

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Local News
10:11 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Hickory City Council Dines And Talks Taxes In Charlotte

Hickory City Council members discuss whether to seek voter approval for a 20-year $40 million bond referendum to renovate public spaces in Hickory.
Tasnim Shamma

The Hickory City Council conducted business last week ... in Charlotte.

They were in town for a retreat that focused on whether to seek a tax hike for a project to renovate and redesign the city’s public spaces by improving existing parks and building greenways in Hickory.


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Transportation
5:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

DMV May Eliminate Written Exam For Licensed Drivers

A counter at the DMV office in the University City area. The current average wait time at North Carolina DMV offices is between 20 and 50 minutes.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The DMV is looking to make a few big changes this year to reduce wait times. For one, there's a proposal to eliminate the written test requirement for out-of-state residents to get a North Carolina driver's license. 


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History
9:08 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Archiving Charlotte LGBT Community's History

UNC Charlotte assistant director for sexual and gender diversity, Joshua Burford, has collected 50 boxes worth of materials from the local LGBT community since April 2013. Items from the collection will be on display at the Levine Museum this summer.
Tasnim Shamma

The Levine Museum for the New South will focus on Charlotte’s LGBT history in an exhibit that opens this summer. Some of that history is being archived at UNC Charlotte.


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Local News
2:41 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Sea Life Aquarium Opens At Concord Mills

The Sea Life Charlotte-Concord aquarium had its grand opening on Thursday morning. Construction of the aquarium in the Concord Mills Mall began in the summer of 2013.
Tasnim Shamma

The Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium in the Concord Mills Mall is now open to the public. A couple hundred people gathered for the opening ceremonies on Thursday morning, including nine-year-old Aditi Sengupta. She's been to lots of larger aquariums – including the Georgia aquarium – but she's really excited about Sea Life.

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Crime
3:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

CMPD Officer Arrested For Secretly Taking Photos Of Teen Girls

CMPD Officer Thomas E. Allen was last assigned to the Recruiting Division of the Police Training Academy. He was arrested on Wednesday with four counts of secretly using a photographic imaging device to view another’s body or undergarments GS. 14-202 (E) and four counts of possessing photographic images in violation of the peeping statute GS.14-202(G).
Credit Mecklenburg County Sherriff's Office

  A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly taking inappropriate photos of four teenage girls who were in CMPD's High School Academy. After a five month investigation, CMPD charged Officer Thomas Allen with four counts of secretly using a camera to view another's body or undergarments and four counts of possessing photos in violation of the state's peeping statute. 

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe says the department is working aggressively. Eleven detectives were assigned to this investigation, which began in October of 2013.

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A Trifling Place
3:58 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Charlotte Area: An Attractive Place To Retire?

Five of the top ten places to retire in North Carolina, according to a real estate site, are in the Charlotte area. Only one, Sanford, is on North Carolina's certified retirement community list.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The online real estate research site Movoto says five cities/towns in the Charlotte-area are among the top 10 places in North Carolina to retire. That's half the list! 

Top 10 Places To Retire In N.C.

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Economics
3:22 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Snow In Charlotte Leaves Florists Scrambling

Mignon Long, a floral designer at Gallery of Flowers in Charlotte, counts to make sure there are 36 roses in the bouquet on a Valentine's Day order.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory says he expects this week's winter storm will hit the state's wallet pretty hard.  


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