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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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.
Tasnim Shamma

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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Politics
9:05 am
Tue January 14, 2014

McCrory: Not Many Options For Special Election For Mel Watt's Seat

Governor Pat McCrory announced the special election for Congressman Mel Watt's seat will coincide with the general election schedule.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory says he didn't have many options for when to hold a special election for the 12th congressional district.  Mel Watt resigned from his seat on January 6 after he was sworn in as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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Transportation
4:41 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

McCrory Calls For Better Design, Planning Of Roads

Governor Pat McCrory was a keynote speaker at that opening session for the Highway Safety Symposium in Concord. He says the Concord Mills Mall exit on I-85 is an example of a poorly designed exit.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory called for the state's department of transportation to implement better design and planning of roads and highways during the Highway Safety Symposium Monday in Concord. He says the Concord Mills Mall exit on I-85 is an example of a poorly designed interchange. It's also the busiest corridor in all of Cabarrus County.

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A Trifling Place
10:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

A Trifling Place, Episode 15: The Really, Really Free Store

Credit Tasnim Shamma

Correction: This story wrongly says the Really Really Free Store will move in March to a building next door. The Free Store moved into that building this month. The on-scene reporting for this piece was conducted in mid-October, when the Free Store was still located in the house.

In the latest episode of our podcast A Trifling Place, we take you to a store where everything is free. It's in a complex called Area 15.


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Politics
12:44 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case

Mayor Michael Alvarez says he received a letter from DSS that says that because of his public comments about DSS, he and his wife are no longer being considered for a foster care license.
Credit Courtesy of Indian Trail

The mayor of Indian Trail and his wife won’t be allowed to care for a foster child, and the reason has nothing to do with whether they can do the job.


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