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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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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Business
10:12 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Chinese Textile Manufacturer Finds A Good Deal In South Carolina

Last month, a Chinese textile company announced it would invest $218 million to bring more than 500 jobs to Lancaster County, South Carolina in the next five years.

The Keer Group is building its first facility outside China in Indian Land. But in exchange for bringing jobs to South Carolina, the company will pay less than half of the property tax rate and receive a 7.7 million dollar bond to help pay for construction.  


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Transportation
10:10 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Concord Seeks Overpass To Concord Mills Mall

The interchange near Concord Mills mall is the most congested section of highway in Cabarrus County, according to the city's transportation department.
Credit Simon Property Group

If you've ever visited the Concord Mills mall, you've probably had to sit in traffic for at least a few minutes. That's because Exit 49 off I-85 is the most congested interchange in Cabarrus County.

Last month, the city of Concord passed a resolution endorsing the construction of an overpass between I-85 and the mall and sidewalks to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

Concord's transportation director Joe Wilson says it's critical to ease congestion for all the visitors to the Concord Mills Mall. Forty-two thousand cars pass through Concord Mills Boulevard every day.

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Crime
10:12 am
Mon December 30, 2013

After An Unsolved Murder: Trying To Find Peace In The Memories

Ariana Toval was with 24-year-old James Warren Price on the night of his murder. She visited his grave in Hartsville, South Carolina in November.
Ariana Toval

So far, there have been 58 homicides in Charlotte. And we don’t usually hear much about the people and memories they leave behind. WFAE's Tasnim Shamma tells us a little more about the life of a 24-year-old Charlottean murdered last summer.


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Business
9:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Electrolux Announces 810 New Jobs, $85M Investment In Charlotte

Jack Truong, CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America, announced the company will add 810 jobs by 2017.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Appliance Maker Electrolux announced it will add more than 800 jobs with the expansion of their U.S. corporate headquarters in Charlotte. Electrolux says it will also invest more than $85 million toward construction costs for the expansion.


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Crime
5:42 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Charlotte Investors Victim Of $44M Ponzi Scheme

A Statesville man is indicted on charges of operating a $44 million dollar Ponzi scheme that defrauded over 200 people since 2007.

Daniel Williford faces five federal counts of money laundering following an FBI investigation.

Fifty-five-year-old Daniel Williford doesn't fit the image of someone who runs a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. He owns a middle-class four-bedroom home in Statesville, valued at about $200,000. He's a former airline pilot who went into the computer business for himself about 20 years ago.

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