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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Courts
5:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Judge Orders Hold On Civil Lawsuit Against CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick

Jonathan Ferrell was shot ten times on September 14, 2013 by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Police were responding to a report of an early morning break-in, but apparently Ferrell was seeking help after wrecking his car.
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

A civil lawsuit against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is on hold for sixty days while his criminal trial proceeds. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen made that decision Tuesday in response to a request by the city of Charlotte. The civil suit was filed by the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was fatally shot ten times by Kerrick in September. Ferrell was unarmed. 

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History
10:08 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mayor Opens 50-Year-Old Time Capsule And Finds A Soggy Message

The Park Terrace movie theater sign announcing the opening of the time capsule from its grand opening on May 11, 1964.
Tasnim Shamma

Fifty years ago, Charlotte Mayor Stanford Brookshire buried a time capsule in front of the Park Terrace movie theater in South Charlotte.

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Local News
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Child Abuse Bill In Memory of Union County Girl Passes Senate

A photo of Kilah Davenport after she was discharged from the hospital on July 19, 2012.
Credit Courtesy of Leslie Davenport

The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act passed the U.S. Senate unanimously on Wednesday night. It's a bill that asks Attorney General Eric Holder to issue a state-by-state report on child abuse prevention laws within 6 months. The goal is to get states to increase punishment for child abuse offenders.

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Local And State Elections
5:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Adams Wins 12th District Democratic Primary

Alma Adams speaks to supporters in Greensboro, N.C. on May 6, 2014
Duncan McFadyen

State Representative Alma Adams of Greensboro won her party's nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat. She carried 43 percent of the vote, which put her above the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff in the crowded Democratic primary.

The atmosphere was jubilant last night as dozens of supporters waited for Adams to arrive at a Greensboro restaurant.

At just after 9 o'clock, she walked in, smiling broadly.

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Religion
5:58 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Impact Rowan County Prayer Dispute

The Rowan County Commission praying at the beginning of its October 21, 2013 meeting.
Credit Rowan County

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that opening prayers with references to Christianity during government meetings do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

This decision may impact a trial in Rowan County filed by residents who say they feel excluded when county commissioners open council meetings in the name of Jesus.

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Politics
9:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Jeff Jackson Replaces Clodfelter In The State Senate

Jeff Jackson was elected as state senator for North Carolina District 37 by Democratic Party leaders who live in the district. Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Democratic Party leaders gathered at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte on Saturday to elect the newest state senator: Jeff Jackson.

Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned from his state senate seat on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.

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Transportation
3:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

DMV Eliminates Written Exam For Licensed Drivers

Governor Pat McCrory checks out a self-serve kiosk at a new DMV office in Huntersville. Starting May 1, the written exam is no longer required for licensed drivers.
Credit Courtesy of NCDOT

Governor Pat McCrory was in Huntersville on Thursday for the opening of a new DMV office. During his visit, he announced that the written test will no longer be required for out-of-state residents to get a North Carolina driver's license. Only first-time drivers and applicants with licenses that have been expired for more than two years will be required to take the written test.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Democrats Will Fill Clodfelter's Senate Seat In Special Election

There are four candidates running: ADA Jeff Jackson, former CMS board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.
Tasnim Shamma

When Dan Clodfelter was appointed mayor of Charlotte last month, he resigned from his position as state senator. This Saturday, 50 Democratic Party officials will decide who will fill his seat.

There are four candidates in the running: assistant district attorney Jeff Jackson, former Charlotte Mecklenburg School board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.

They all participated in a public forum Tuesday night at the Asian Library near uptown.

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Local News
3:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

CMPD Sees Drop In Crime In First Quarter of 2014

Compared to last year, there have been four fewer deaths from impaired driving between January and March. CMPD officer Michelle Mattos is one of six officers on the task force. Her job is to patrol different parts of the city from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. looking out for impaired drivers.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

CMPD saw crime drop in almost all of the major categories for the first quarter of this year including violent crime and robberies compared to the same period last year.

At a press conference in East Charlotte, CMPD also credited a new team of officers for a decrease in deaths related to drunk driving.


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Business
5:13 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Postal Workers Fear Expansion Of Staples Pilot Program

Carol Bishop, a mail clerk at a post office in West Charlotte, says she's afraid she may lose her job if Staples expands their full-service counter to all of its stores nationwide.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

About two dozen Postal Service employees protested uptown today because they fear more of their work will be outsourced to Staples.

The protest was in response to a comment made by the Postmaster General, in which he said he was so pleased with a pilot program with Staples that he would like to see a post office counter in all 1,500 Staples stores.


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