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
9:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Police Arrest 15 As Part Of 'Operation Heartbreak Hotels'

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins speaking at a press conference at CMPD's North Tryon Division.
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 Federal and local law enforcement officers have been working to cut down on the number of drug transactions taking place at hotels along the I-85 and Sugar Creek corridor. After a four-month investigation, police arrested fifteen people this morning and charged them with possession of drugs and firearms. 

It was déjà vu for the Sugar Creek neighborhood. In February of 2012, CMPD arrested nine people on drug, gun and robbery charges. Crime went down briefly says U.S. attorney Anne Tompkins.  

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Crime
12:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Fiancee Of Shooting Victim Ferrell Wants CMPD To Release Dash-Cam Video

Caché Heidel, the fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, standing next to family attorney Christopher Chestnut, told reporters that she believes the dash-cam video would show that Ferrell's death was unjustified.
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The fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed 24-year-old man killed by a police officer last month, wants the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to release a dash-cam video of the incident in which he was shot 10 times.

But CMPD says the decision to release the video is no longer theirs.

Caché Heidel spoke softly, looked uncomfortable and made clear that she did not want to be at the Ritz-Carlton uptown as reporters waited for her to speak.

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Arts & Life
11:36 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Light Factory Members Want To Keep Independence

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum is no longer looking to merge with other area organizations.

The museum of photography and film announced last week that it was suspending operations while it tries to reorganize. The museum's board chairman Jeff Wise says a merger was a possibility but museum members want it to remain independent.

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Solar Energy
4:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon

UNC Charlotte took home the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon People's Choice Award at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California on October 12, 2013.
Carol Anna/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

UNC Charlotte's solar house, UrbanEden, placed 13 out of 19th in the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif., that ended this past weekend, but the team went home with the People's Choice Award.

Team Austria won first place in the competition, the University of Nevada Las Vegas won second and the Czech Republic won third. 

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Education
12:27 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Students Tag And Release Monarch Butterflies

Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Martha Abernethy, places one of 24 monarch butterflies on a student's hand during the release.
Tasnim Shamma

Kindergarten and fourth-grade students at Barringer Academic Center in Charlotte spent the last few months learning about the life cycle and migration patterns of the Monarch butterfly.

The Monarch is well known for its bright orange and black wings, but also for its annual migration from Mexico to Canada – and back – every year.

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Sports
1:06 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Olympian Cullen Jones Launches Kids Diversity Swim Meet

This weekend's inauguaral Cullen Jones Diversity Invitational has attracted 500 of the fastest swimmers (ages 8-18) in the Southeast. The three-day event will be held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center in Charlotte.
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Charlotte swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones hopes to inspire young minority kids to embrace the sport with a swim meet just for them. This weekend, hundreds will compete in the inaugural Cullen Jones Diversity Invitational.

Cullen Jones says kids always ask him about his gold medals.

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Photography
10:07 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Light Factory To Suspend Operations

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Now it’s closing its doors, at least temporarily.

The museum of photography and film announced Monday it’s suspending operations.

Board chairman Jeff Wise say revenue has dropped 30 percent in the last three years. He says the museum needs time to reorganize.

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Education
9:50 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Guilford Schools Suspend Tablet Program Due To High Number Of Cracked Screens

At Guilford County Schools, more than 1,500 ASUS tablets were reported to have cracked or broken screens. The district indefinitely suspended the program last week.
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Many school systems are wrestling with ways to serve students with mobile technology such as tablets. But Guilford County Schools has learned there’s a downside to the devices. The district has suspended its tablet program after students reported 1,500 cracked or broken screens in just the first month of school. 


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Podcast
2:02 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 13: Cotillions and Etiquette Schools

During the first class of the season, students learn ballroom dance steps, how to clap, sit, escort and walk through doors.
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Welcome to A Trifling Placea podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

The story goes that the deeper South you go, the friendlier the people become. So moving here a year ago, I was well-prepared for the onslaught of "Yes m'ams" and chivalrous men who insist that you walk through the revolving door first. 

Listen to Episode 13 of "A Trifling Place" on cotillions, manners and Southern hospitality in Charlotte.

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Energy
11:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

UNC Charlotte Team Ready For Solar Decathlon Judging

The UNC Charlotte solar house stands out for its use of concrete polymer on Decathlete Way in Irvine. After construction was completed in Charlotte, it was taken apart and shipped to California. Students finished putting the house back together yesterday.
Meg Whalen/UNC Charlotte

The UNC Charlotte Solar Decathlon Team is one of 19 teams chosen from all over the world to compete in a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.  

For the last two weeks, the team has been putting its house back together after it was taken apart to be shipped from Charlotte to Irvine, California. Michelle Todd is one of two dozen UNC Charlotte students and faculty members at the competition.

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