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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Local Media
8:22 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

WTVI Changes Name, Adds New Programs

Central Piedmont Community College's Jeff Lowrance explained the new programming changes.
Tasnim Shamma

WTVI is now WTVI-PBS Charlotte.  That’s because the station will be carrying more PBS programming like new Masterpiece shows including Downton Abbey and Sherlock.  And it won’t have to air PBS programs on a delay like it did before under its previous agreement with PBS.   

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Business
11:59 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Companies Sued For Foreclosure Fraud

Two Charlotte-based foreclosure assistance companies, Community Mortgage Assistance Program and Lender Exchange were sued by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper for foreclosure fraud.

The North Carolina Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against three mortgage loan modification companies on Friday. Two of the three companies are based in Charlotte.

According to the lawsuit, one of the companies, Community Mortgage Assistance Program, charged customers up to $1,500 in advance. 

Koy Chiu is executive director of the company. On her website, Chiu advertises: “TIRED OF MODIFICATION SCAMS?! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! SAVE YOUR HOME TODAY!”.

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Election 2012
11:44 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Are You Feeling Polling Fatigue?

Election season means more phone calls from political campaigns, public policy polling groups and media outlets who want to know who you're voting for and why.
Flickr/Karolina Kabat

We've all received unwanted phone calls. From friends, family … maybe even your boss (thank goodness, for Caller ID, right?)

Telemarketers have certainly earned a reputation for interrupting us, but we can block many of those calls with the national Do-Not-Call registry.

But since it’s election season, the likely culprit of annoyance is a political candidate, a third party interest group, or maybe a media outlet conducting a poll. The point is, polls are everywhere.

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Local And State Elections
4:24 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

Congressman Kissell Will Debate Hudson Monday

Democratic congressman Larry Kissell and Republican candidate Richard Hudson will debate on Monday at Wingate University in partnership with AARP North Carolina. The focus of the debate is Medicare and Social Security and it's the first for North Carolina's eighth congressional district seat.  

“District eight, without a doubt, is one of the hottest seats that’s up for elections this year,” Doug Dickerson,  director of AARP North Carolina, says.

Dickerson wants Kissell and Hudson to talk specifics on key issues to senior citizens.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Teens Line Up For Voter Pre-Registration

Lacey Williams of the Latin American Coalition helps a student at West Mecklenburg High School fill out a voter registration form.
Tasnim Shamma

Editor's Note: This story includes a correction

North Carolina is one of just five states that allows teenagers to "pre-register.” But, the state goes a step further:  local election boards are required to hold voter registration drives in all public high schools.  In Mecklenburg County alone, there are more than 5,600 teens pre-registered to vote. 

At West Mecklenburg High School, student-body president Brodrick Montgomery is inspired to grab a bullhorn.

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Crime
4:04 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Police Arrest Five Teens Accused of Fatally Shooting Local Teen

All five teens arrested in the case were charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond.
CMPD

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested five teenagers early Tuesday morning in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy in Northeast Mecklenburg County on Sunday night.   

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say that trouble started on Saturday. Five teenagers believed 17-year-old Kydaryune “K.C.” Curry disrespected them in front of a girl.

The Charlotte Observer spoke to Curry’s mother, Benita Turner. She told the Observer the girl was a friend of Curry’s. Curry and a friend were at the girl’s house on Saturday when one of the teens later charged with his murder arrived.

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Education
9:13 am
Sat September 15, 2012

High School Uses Original Broadway Props For The Color Purple

Northwest junior Keston Steele plays the lead role of Celie in the play. She was one of 80 students selected to perform in the play.

The Northwest School of the Arts is the first high school in North Carolina to have the rights to put on a high school production of the Broadway musical "The Color Purple." The play is based on the 1982 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker, centered on the story of a black woman’s struggle to find her identity while overcoming abusive family relationships. 

Mekhai Lee, a junior at Northwest, plays the male lead of Mister. He sings from inside a shop set in rural Georgia in the early twentieth century.

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Local News
9:32 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Several Hundred Trees Cleared Since Billboard Law's Passage

A billboard sits in front of trees on a highway in Asheville, North Carolina. There are a little over 8,000 billboards in the state.
Zen Sutherland/Flickr

A new North Carolina law that allows the state to override local tree-protection ordinances has resulted in the loss of several hundred trees that covered at least 50 acres near billboards in Charlotte, according to the city's arborist. 


How the legislation is implemented is still being determined by the state Department of Transportation. The process involves a public comment period that ends Friday.

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Election 2012
3:59 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Julian Castro Launches Voter Registration Drive Targeting Latinos In East Charlotte

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro answers questions from reporters after a speech at an Obama campaign office in East Charlotte on Tuesday.
Tasnim Shamma

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, was in east Charlotte on Friday. He spoke to volunteers to help launch a voter registration drive for Latinos in North Carolina.


Castro received a warm welcome from President Obama campaign volunteers in an east Charlotte strip mall.

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DNC 2012
1:50 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

A Bartender Finds Commute To Work Stressful During the DNC

LaTisha Allen, 29, is a bartender who lives in Matthews. She is talking on the phone with her manager at Kalu Asian Kitchen, a block away from Time-Warner Cable Arena, to see how she can get through security to get to work.
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