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
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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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

So Far, Six Enter Competition For Watt's Coveted House Seat

The 12th Congressional District was redrawn in 2011. A special election cannot be announced until Mel Watt (NC-12) formally resigns from his position.
Credit Google Maps

Now that Congressman Mel Watt has been confirmed as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there will soon be an open seat in the 12th district.

So far, there are at least six candidates – all African-American Democrats – who are competing for his office in a special election. When that election will take place remains unclear.

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Local News
1:29 am
Sat December 14, 2013

17-year-old Charged In Shooting Of Three Teens

  A 17-year-old turned himself in Friday morning in the shooting of three teenagers. Anthony Williams is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. 


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Transportation
9:19 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Construction On Blue Line Extension Will Begin 2014

There will be 11 station stops between the 7th Street station in uptown up to UNC Charlotte.
CATS

Bulldozers have been clawing at the sides of North Tryon for months now to make way for the Blue Line light rail extension.  

Construction on the blue line light rail extension is going to intensify in early 2014. CATS officials gave an update during a public workshop Tuesday night in the University area.


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Crime
4:04 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse

The Monroe couple, Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, accused of child abuse in Union County.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

We now know more about the charges of abuse against a Union County couple accused of handcuffing a boy to their front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

Grand jury indictments released Tuesday elaborate the history of abuse that authorities say the 11-year-old faced under the couple's guardianship.


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Transportation
9:32 am
Mon December 9, 2013

CATS Bus Drivers Avoid Strike, Win Pay Raise

CATS says they were very happy a strike was avoided with a tentative three-year contract deal.
Credit City of Charlotte

After threatening a potential strike, the union representing CATS bus drivers has reached a tentative agreement with Transit Management of Charlotte on a new three-year labor contract. Both parties have been in negotiations since July. CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers says drivers will receive a 2.3 percent pay raise, an additional day off, bonuses based on performance and attendance.

The two sides were able to find a compromise on scheduling issues and seniority. 

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Local News
9:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Cabarrus Looks To Arm Social Workers With iPads

Todd Shanley, Cabarrus County Information Technology Services manager and Derrick Heath, director of Child Protective Services advocate for the pilot program during a Cabarrus County Commissioners work session on Monday.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Social workers across the country are trading in their notepads for tablets. A handful of the state's counties have gone digital and now Cabarrus County is looking to join their ranks.  

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners is considering a proposal to give county social workers iPads so that they can quickly access case and client information from the field.


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Science & Environment
10:11 am
Thu November 28, 2013

City Makes First Land Purchase From Tree Mitigation Fund

In 2011, Charlotte city council members set a goal of having 50 percent tree cover by the year 2050. The tree ordinance mitigation fund is another way for developers to help reach that goal.
Credit Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

 For the last two years, as part of its ordinance, the city of Charlotte has given some developers the option of saving a portion of the trees on their property or to pay. The fund they pay into now has more than half-a-million dollars. And the city just made its first land purchase using some of that money.


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Local News
5:47 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Inflating The Thanksgiving Day Parade

Aaron Randall, right, helps a coworker fix a ribbon for the Charlotte Knights snow globe on Wednesday.
Tasnim Shamma WFAE

There was a chance this year, that for the first time in 67 years, Charlotte would not have a Thanksgiving Day Parade. Once Belk stepped down as the main sponsor, organizers said they were unable to raise the money to keep the parade afloat. But a few weeks later, Novant Health stepped in and committed to be the title sponsor for three years and the parade was back on.

WFAE's Tasnim Shamma joined workers as they put last minute touches on the floats before the big day.

At a parking lot in uptown, there's a row of white tents where a 15-foot turkey will be inflated.

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Local News
9:10 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Union County To Dissolve Health Board After Child Abuse Case

Union County commissioners will move to dissolve the board that oversees the county’s Division of Social Services, according to one commissioner in a series of Youtube videos the county released today. The change would come as part of the county's response to the high-profile child-abuse case earlier this month, where an 11-year-old boy was found handcuffed by the ankle to his front porch. One of the guardians of the child, Wanda Larson, was a supervisor for Child Protective Services, which is part of the division.

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