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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Transportation
9:23 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Harrisburg Line Will Add Amtrak Trips From Charlotte To Raleigh

Construction of the Roberta Road bridge project in Harrisburg. Homes will be on one side and businesses on the other.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

You may have noticed more traffic than usual in the Harrisburg area recently. That’s because there are six federal railroad projects under construction in the town.

The biggest project involves building a second railroad track that will run alongside the main existing line. It's part of an overall plan to increase the number of daily roundtrips between Charlotte and Raleigh.


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Health
10:15 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban

A sampling of tobacco products on display at a county health information table. County health officials say some of the packaging is attracting young people to start smoking.
Tasnim Shamma

About two dozen residents gathered at the Mecklenburg County Government Center on Monday night for a public forum on two regulations the county is considering. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – on county parks and greenways.

For the most part, audience members were supportive. Dr. Sandra Burke is on the board of directors of the Charlotte chapter of the American Heart Association.

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Sports
9:06 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Charlotte Curlers Plan To Move To New Facility

Two curlers from the first place team All In The Family sweep the ice in front of the stone to reduce its friction.
Daniel Sanchez

The Charlotte Curling Association started off with just 25 members in 2010. Four years later, the group has over 80 members and is getting ready to open a $1.7 million arena dedicated to curling in Charlotte.

This weekend, the group held one last tournament, or in curling lingo "bonspiel," in Indian Trail, before it moves to its new home.


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Crime
9:32 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Federal Sex Trafficking Case To Begin In Charlotte

The federal courthouse in Charlotte.
Credit www.ncwd.uscourts.gov

 A large sex-trafficking case goes to trial this week. Federal prosecutors say a Charlotte man ran a prostitution ring that involved at least a dozen girls between the ages of 16 and 25. The girls didn’t walk the streets. Instead, prosecutors say they were marketed through the web site Backpage.com.


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Law Enforcement
1:45 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Parents of Missing Teen Erica Parsons Arrested On Tax Fraud Charges

The Rowan County Sheriff's office announced Wednesday it was doubling its reward for locating Erica Parsons to $20,000. The FBI announced a $25,000 reward in January. A local advocacy group, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, is offering $5,000, bringing the total reward to $50,000.
Credit Courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Office

Exactly one year after Rowan County teen Erica Parsons was reported missing by her brother, her adoptive parents appeared in federal court Wednesday to face charges of Social Security and Medicaid fraud.

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Transportation
4:32 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Charlotte Premium Outlets Will Provide Shuttles For Grand Opening

Credit Charlotte Premium Outlets

Charlotte's newest shopping mall complex, Charlotte Premium Outlets, will open its doors on Thursday morning. The mall has more than 100 stores and will host a four-day grand opening that's expected to draw large crowds -- and a lot of traffic -- near Steele Creek Road and I-485 in southwest Charlotte.  

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Arts & Life
6:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Jerry McJunkins: Charlotte's Courtroom Sketch Artist

Jerry McJunkins at his studio in Plaza Midwood.
Tasnim Shamma

For nearly three decades, Jerry McJunkins has been sitting inside courtrooms in Charlotte, moving his hands quickly over a large white posterboard with his colored pencils and pastels.

He's a professional courtroom sketch artist – perhaps the only one in Charlotte.


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Crime
9:24 am
Mon July 21, 2014

CMPD Considers Renewing Gang Injunction In Hidden Valley

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department named Wendell McCain (in red) and Cordell Blair (far right) as defendants in their injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings that prohibit them from being next to each other.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Last summer, a judge issued an injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings in north Charlotte.

That made Mecklenburg the first county in the state to implement a new law that allows judges to order suspected gang members not to associate with each other in public, possess a gun or be near anyone carrying drugs or firearms.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police say the injunction has reduced crime in Hidden Valley and it will soon expire. But, they're not sure if they're going to ask for an extension.


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Arts & Life
6:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

On Q Performing Arts Receives Grant That Will Double Its Budget

Charlotte's only African-American theater company, On Q, has received a $105,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will more than double its budget.

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Crime
8:28 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Panthers’ Hardy Guilty Of Assault

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks to court Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, to face charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at his residence in May.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Tuesday night, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and communicating threats to an ex-girlfriend in May.

Hardy was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and 60 days of jail time if he violated probation. But a district judge stayed his sentence while Hardy appeals his conviction.

Twelve witnesses took the stand during a trial that lasted ten hours and wrapped up around 9 o'clock.

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