Tom Bullock

Reporter

Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR.  Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit.  Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others.  Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.

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Local News
10:06 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Google Fiber - What's In It For You, Charlotte And Google?

Mayor Dan Clodfelter and Jill Szuchmacher, Director of Expansion for Google Fiber
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

It’s official, tech-giant Google is bringing its high speed internet service to Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta and Charlotte. Now, we know it’s coming, but when? And what does it mean for Charlotte and its residents. And what’s in it for Google?


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Local News
11:26 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

It's A Go From Google; Charlotte Picked For Google Fiber Expansion

Mayor Dan Clodfelter announces Google's high speed internet network is coming to Charlotte.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

On Tuesday, Mayor Dan Clodfelter uttered six words that might change your internet service, "Google Fiber is coming to Charlotte."

Google Fiber is a high speed network that uses fiber optics instead of classic copper cables or microwaves to connect homes and businesses to the internet. All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey and WFAE’s Tom Bullock talk about the announcement and what it means for Charlotte consumers.

Business
5:41 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Google A Go? Charlotte Waits For News On Google Fiber

Credit Google

Google has announced it will hold a press conference in Charlotte Tuesday afternoon.

So, what’s the big deal?

WFAE’s Tom Bullock is here to explain.

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Local News
3:23 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

City Council To Vote For Police Body Cameras

CMPD emblem
Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Monday night the Charlotte City Council will vote on whether to equip every member of the city’s police force with a body camera.

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Business
3:38 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Changes To NC Film Incentives Bring Questions And Possibly Fewer Productions

Changes to North Carolina's film incentive program leads to a lot of questions and possibly fewer productions
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina Film Office

The director of North Carolina’s film commission is in Park City, Utah, to attend the annual Sundance Film Festival. He’s there to convince directors, producers and executives to shoot their productions in North Carolina. But it’s a hard sell due to the state’s scaled back film incentives program. 

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Local News
9:47 am
Thu January 22, 2015

US Secretary Of Commerce Talks Jobs And Trade In Charlotte

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
Credit Courtesy of the US Department of Commerce

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce made a stop in Charlotte Wednesday. She answered questions from business leaders and students at a symposium in uptown. It was an event sponsored by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Before she took the stage she sat down to talk with WFAE’s Tom Bullock.

Local News
5:50 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

MLK Day: Two Generations Asked To Seek Change

Program for the 21st annual Martin Luther King Day prayer breakfast held by the McCrorey Family YMCA
Credit Courtesy of the Mcrorey Family YMCA

Benjamin Jealous, a former leader of the NAACP, spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Charlotte. He spoke at two events, each representing a different generation.

Jealous began his morning at the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It was the site of the 21st annual Martin Luther King prayer breakfast, sponsored by the YMCA.

The crowd of more than 1,000 bowed their heads as Dr. Rodney Sadler began the invocation.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Open And Shut; Charter School Closes After 5 Months In Operation

Entrepreneur High School shut its doors after 5 months in operation
Credit Entrepreneur High School's website

Another Charlotte area charter school has abruptly shut down. Entrepreneur High School, which focused on vocational training, closed down Friday after just 5 months in operation. 

The viability of Entrepreneur High was in question even before the first student walked through the door. The school received the lowest possible rating on a ‘ready to open’ report from the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools.   

Still, Entrepreneur was given the green light to open. And now it is closed.

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Local News
2:17 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

21-Year Sentence For Ponzi Scheme Co-Conspirator

Credit Courtesy of the US Attorney's Office of the Western District of North Carolina

An Ohio man has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a North Carolina based Ponzi scheme. He’s also been ordered to pay more than $20 million in restitution.

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Local News
7:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Chiquita And Charlotte: A Whirlwind Romance

Chiquita's headquarters are housed in the NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

It was billed as a once in a decade opportunity, the chance to lure an international brand to relocate their worldwide headquarters to Charlotte. The pursuit was costly and controversial.

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