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
9:16 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Davidson Elementary Class Trades Chairs For Stability Balls

Students in Mrs.Denise Addison's K-1 class at Davidson Elementary work on iPads and crossword puzzles after reading a book called The Three Wishes.
Tasnim Shamma

Take a group of kindergartners and first graders and let them bounce on exercise balls all day instead of asking them to sit still in their chairs.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, it’s happening at Davidson Elementary. 


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Crime
11:56 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Grand Jury Indictment Clears Way For Trial Against CMPD Officer Kerrick

The Rev. Dwayne Collins speaks at the prayer vigil outside the Government Center on Monday morning.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Last week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict a Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick who shot an unarmed black man 10 times. On Monday, a different grand jury indicted Kerrick on a charge of voluntary manslaughter for the September incident.

The indictment came after a judge earlier in the day denied the request of Kerrick's attorneys who tried to block prosecutors from resubmitting the case to the new grand jury.


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Local News
12:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Kerrick Indicted On Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

Randall Kerrick
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Mecklenburg County grand jury Monday afternoon issued an indictment of voluntary manslaughter against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for shooting an unarmed black man 10 times.

Earlier in the day, Kerrick's attorneys tried to block prosecutors from resubmitting the case to a new grand jury after a separate grand jury refused to indict Kerrick on a voluntary manslaughter charge last week.  A judge denied the motion.


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Crime
8:58 am
Fri January 24, 2014

150 Protest Grand Jury's Decision Not To Indict In Shooting of Jonathan Ferrell

John Barnett, founder of True Healing Under God, asked people to count up to twelve for the number of bullets suspended CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick shot at Jonathan Ferrell.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

More than 150 people rallied at a church in northeast Charlotte Thursday night to protest a grand jury decision not to indict a Charlotte police officer for the death of an unarmed man he shot 10 times.


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Crime
9:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Charlotte Sees Overall Drop In Crime In 2013

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe says he believes the 2013 end of year crime statistics represented good news for the city.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe delivered the end of year crime statistics on Wednesday. Overall, the number of crimes dropped by 5.5 percent in 2013.

The number of burglaries and stolen vehicles reported decreased, but homicides and rapes increased.


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Crime
5:15 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Prosecutors Will Resubmit Voluntary Manslaughter Charge Against CMPD Officer

Roy Cooper
Credit NCDP.org

State Attorney General Roy Cooper says his office will resubmit a voluntary manslaughter charge against suspended CMPD officer Randall Kerrick on Monday. Meanwhile, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe Wednesday addressed the grand jury's decision not to indict Kerrick who shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell ten times in mid-September. Monroe made the decision to charge Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter less than 24 hours after the shooting.

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Developing Story
5:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officer On Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

Randall Kerrick

A Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict a suspended Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick, on a voluntary manslaughter charge Tuesday. 

Instead, jurors requested a prosecutors submit a smaller charge in the death of an unarmed 24-year-old Charlotte man whom officer Kerrick shot 10 times.


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Business
9:13 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Family Dollar Profits Drop As Core Customer Struggles

Family Dollar, based in Matthews, has 8,000 stores in 46 states. The company plans to add 525 stores by the end of the year.
Credit WFAE

Matthews-based discount chain Family Dollar started to report record profits about 5 years ago when the country was in a recession.

And now as the economy is recovering, the company seems to be having a bit of trouble holding on to customers it gained during the leaner times. 

But Family Dollar's recent decrease in profits is a little more complicated than that.

In a conference call this month, Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine told investors an economic recovery is underway:

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Local News
9:06 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Hundreds Honor Franklin McCain's Legacy At Funeral

The funeral for civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain was held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Friday afternoon.
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Friends, family, university presidents and politicians gathered for the funeral of civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain Friday afternoon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.  McCain was one of four African-American college students who sat down at an all-white lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960 that helped spur sit-ins across the country.

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A Trifling Place
11:37 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Mosaic Mural Of Dale Jr. For Auction On eBay

A four feet by six feet mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet made of more than 1,100 images submitted by fans, is on auction on eBay, with a starting bid of $500.
Credit eBay

This weekend, bidding began on an almost-life-sized mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. A print of the digital mosaic mural is made up of more than 1,151 photos submitted by fans between May and December 2013. 

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