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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Election 2012
11:23 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Romney Faces Tough Task In Getting Minority Votes

Republicans make up 5.5 percent of all minority voters in the state with 104,445 voters. The total number of minority voters is 1,895,314. Libertarians make up the smallest percentage of all minority voters (3,646).
Credit North Carolina State Board of Elections

The slightest change in support can tip the North Carolina vote in favor of President Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

An Elon University poll released this week shows they are in a statistical dead heat heading into the final week of campaigning. They are appealing to an electorate that’s undergone significant change. U.S. Census figures show minorities accounted for 35 percent of North Carolina’s population growth in the last decade.

So we looked at the influence of the minority vote and the challenges Romney has in capturing it.

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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Local Drug Tester Crosses The Border

In the ongoing cross-border competition for jobs, Charlotte is losing yet another company to South Carolina.

Just last month, it was photo-sharing company Shutterfly abandoning Charlotte for Fort Mill.

On Tuesday, Physicians Choice Laboratory Services announced it is moving to Rock Hill, where it will double its workforce. The drug testing company opened in 2009 and now has 150 employees in Charlotte. 

Mark Farris, the economic development director of York County, says it’s only natural.

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Business
3:38 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Can You Really Lift 100 Pounds?

Physical therapist Sandie Warantz lifts a box full of weights to show what potential applicants to a local construction company had to lift.
Tasnim Shamma

If you’re applying for a job with a construction company and say you can lift 100 pounds, you better make sure you can do it comfortably. One Kannapolis employer is now using a new fitness exam for prospective hires aimed at reducing worker’s compensations claims.

At the Northeast Rehab center in Concord, physical therapist Sandie Warantz is showing off one of the first things someone applying for a position with the Wayne Brothers construction company might have to do.

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Politics
11:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Effort Afoot To Oust Cabarrus Democratic Leader Over Non-Support Of Kissell

Cabarrus County Democratic Chairwoman Grace Galloway admits she’s not happy with 8th District Congressman Larry Kissell and has not outright endorsed him. In response, members of the party's local executive committee wants to remove her from office. 

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Local News
5:03 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Concord, Kannapolis Will Upgrade To Electric-Hybrid Buses

If you ride the bus in Concord and Kannapolis, you’ll soon be seeing some big changes. The cities’ joint bus system called Rider Transit will be getting eight new hybrid-electric buses with free WiFi hotspots. There will also be service on Sundays starting in October 2013 and several improvements to bus stops, including a doubling of the number of shelters, solar-powered street lights and improved security system.

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Local News Features
12:17 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Race Week Kicks Off In The Dirt

The third crash of the night at the Circle K Late Model Showdown led to a totaled car. The driver was able to get out safely.
Tasnim Shamma

Another Race Week is underway. The Bank of America 500 takes place Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The buzz that surrounds racing is a new experience for many newcomers to the Charlotte area, including WFAE’s Tasnim Shamma. She’s from New York City – not exactly a NASCAR hotbed. But she's determined to learn about the sport, and the pull it has with fans. So she attended one of this week’s smaller races held as part of Race Week. It was a dirt-track event known as the Circle K Late Model Showdown. She shares some of her observations:  

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Business
4:29 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Teams Pull 50-Ton Airplane For Charity

U.S. Airways employees compete in the seventh annual Jet Pull event. The Dual Lane Demons finished with a time of 7.410.
Tasnim Shamma

Fifteen feet doesn’t sound like a lot, unless you’re pulling a 50-ton airplane. And that’s exactly what teams lined up to do at the U.S. airways hangar in Charlotte this morning. They weren’t there just to show off which team had the largest biceps. The goal was to raise money for United Way of Central Carolinas.

There were 26 teams of 20 employees, but Freight Flyers was the most anticipated team. After all, they’re the defending champs.

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Technology & Digital Life
1:35 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Tech Entrepreneurs Woo Investors

Phillip Dodds, founder of DataSet/IO, pitches his idea in front of the crowd of investors and business leaders at RevTech.
Courtesy of Katy Hill

Last Wednesday was D-Day - Demonstration Day -  for five tech entrepreneurs in Charlotte. They showed off their products to potential investors who gathered at the business incubator Packard Place.

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Election 2012
3:17 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Presidenital Ad Blitz Skips Charlotte's Spanish Language Media

Eleven million dollars has already been spent on political ads targeting Hispanics in several battleground states. But Charlotte's Spanish-language media is seeing little of that.
Flickr/AndyCarvin

There’s a lot of money going into political advertising for presidential candidates in North Carolina. But you may not have noticed if the only language you speak is Spanish. In Charlotte, publishers and editors of Spanish-language media say they’re surprised they’re being overlooked. 

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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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