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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Religion
5:18 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How Muslims Wash, Bury Their Dead

A sheet is wrapped around a female dummy to demonstrate the washing and shrouding process for a Muslim burial at the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

When a loved one dies, most of us turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In the Islamic tradition, it’s different. Family members often help wash and bury their bodies within 24 hours. But first, you have to learn how to do it.

WFAE's Tasnim Shamma attended a body-washing class and filed this report. 

Welcome to the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte’s washing room.

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Health
5:13 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

New Abortion Restrictions Take Effect

Credit NC General Assembly

Starting October 1, some women will have a harder time getting an abortion. That's because most parts of a controversial abortion bill take effect.

The abortion law passed this summer means that city and county employees will now have to pay for an abortion out-of-pocket because their insurance plans will no longer cover them.  

And other government insurance plans, like the health insurance exchange options offered through the Affordable Care Act, also can't cover abortions.

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Safety
9:30 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Sidewalk Project Design Begins Year After Garinger H.S. Student's Death

Garinger High School senior Brittany Palmer was 18 when she died after being hit by an SUV while crossing the street in March 2012. Her death prompted city council to approve funding for sidewalks in front of the school.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 Charlotte Transportation officials received public input Tuesday night on a dangerous intersection it’s in the process of redesigning. The intersection near Garinger High School has been the site of 42 crashes in three years, and the death of a teenager crossing the street.


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Education
5:45 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

USC Proposes 3-Year Tuition Freeze

President Harris Pastides asked state lawmakers for more funding for higher education during his annual state of the university address.
Credit University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina's president is asking South Carolina lawmakers to make a deal with him.

USC president Harris Pastides says he'll freeze tuition for three years if the state gives USC more money to pay for the college's operating expenses.


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Arts & Life
10:08 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Palestinians Celebrate Culture Through Dabke Dance

Al Hannouneh Society Dancers perform dabke, a popular folk dance performed at Arab weddings.
Tasnim Shamma

A flavor of Palestinian culture was on stage last weekend at Queen University.  A dozen dancers from the Palestinian territories and Jordan were in Charlotte to perform a traditional folk dance called dabke. The performance was part of an eight-city U.S. tour. 


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Crime
5:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Officer's Attorney: Shooting Justified; CMPD Releases 911 Tape

Charlotte attorney Michael Greene, right, says he believes his client, CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, was justified in his shooting of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on September 14.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A CMPD officer charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting a man 10 times had his first court appearance on Tuesday. At the court hearing, the judge scheduled the next court date for the morning of October 7. Meanwhile, defense attorney Michael Greene says he believes officer Randall Kerrick was justified in his shooting.

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Education
4:52 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

NC Lottery To Offer Online Subscriptions To Jackpot Games

Jason Vaughan, 30, says he looks forward to being able to play online.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Rather than making the trip to the gas station for the weekly lottery ticket, North Carolina players will soon be able to try their luck at home.

Starting in November, the North Carolina Education Lottery players will be able buy and play three major jackpot games with just an internet connection.


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Health
12:26 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Carolinas Specialty Hospital, Patients Move Into New Digs

Carolinas Specialty Hospital opened its doors to patients for the first time Wednesday.
Tasnim Shamma

The Carolinas Specialty Hospital had a moving day of sorts. That meant transferring close to thirty acute-care patients from uptown Charlotte to Pineville. They were welcomed with pom poms.


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Education
4:38 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

South Carolina College Cuts Tuition By 43 Percent

Converse College president Betsy Fleming announced the school would reduce tuition by 43 starting next year.
Credit Converse College

A women's college in South Carolina is reducing undergraduate tuition by 43 percent. That means tuition at Converse College in Spartanburg  will be $16,500 a year. It's currently about $29,000. College president Betsy Fleming says the move is in response to growing concern about rising tuition.

"I hope that this move will change the course and conversation in higher education, moving away from a high tuition, high discount model to a lower tuition that actually represents cost," Fleming says. 

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Health
1:35 am
Wed September 11, 2013

SC Suspends License Of Fort Mill Midwife Center

Carolina Community Maternity Center
Credit carolinasbirthcenter.com

A Fort Mill birth center in which midwives deliver babies remains closed one week after South Carolina’s health department suspended its license.

The health department won’t comment on its investigation, but a statement from Carolina Community Maternity Center says the suspension occurred after a mother had to be rushed to a hospital and the birth resulted in, quote “a bad outcome.”

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