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
9:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tank To Table: Sturgeon Caviar From North Carolina

North Carolina is home to North America's only caviar farm
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Editor's Note: The headline has changed this story was posted. The original headline said this was the only farm harvesting sturgeon caviar in North America. That is not the case. A similar statement has been stricken from the text below.

The Yadkin River is by no means a tributary of the Caspian Sea. About the only thing the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Black Sea have in common is the reference to color in their names. And yet, in Caldwell County, you’ll find the only farm on the continent that produces one of the world’s most expensive delicacies. 

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Local News
1:33 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Changes To State Laws Take Effect Dec. 1

Credit State of North Carolina

Carnivorous plants, tiny metal spheres and cell phones. These are the focus of some of the new laws that go into effect December 1 in North Carolina.  

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Local News
6:28 am
Thu November 27, 2014

'Fared Sumptuously On The Way' - A Thanksgiving Meal That Made News

Is your Thanksgiving dinner worth a story in the newspaper?
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Today, as you roast your turkey, grill your vegetables or consider where you’ll order takeout consider this: way back in the day a great Thanksgiving meal could make the newspaper. And we’re not talking about reviews. Here's the story of just such a feast.

This particular Thanksgiving meal was spotted by Nicholas Graham, a librarian at UNC Chapel Hill. "Well, we do a lot of work digitizing old newspapers," Graham explains. 

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Local News
6:21 am
Thu November 27, 2014

The History (And Crazy Fight) Over When To Celebrate Thanksgiving In NC

Credit Open source clip art

Today is Thanksgiving Day, legally defined as the fourth Thursday in November. But here in North Carolina it wasn’t always thus. We might even want to give thanks a specific day was eventually set.

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Local News
9:44 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Charlotte Protesters: 'We Look At Ferguson And We See Our Backyard'

Protesters in Marshall Park
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Ferguson, Missouri is more than 700 miles away from Charlotte. But that doesn’t mean the events there aren’t resonating here.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Charlotte last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed black teen Michael Brown.

It was just after 6:00 p.m. when the crowd gathered in front of the fountain at Marshall Park, their arms raised as they yelled out "hands up...don't shoot!", a refrain now heard across the country.

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Local News
8:47 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama Immigration Speech Met With Tears And Questions In Charlotte

Jorge Acosta's reaction when he realizes his mother doesn't qualify for President Obama's new immigration policy.
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

The crowd, at first, was eager. Members of Charlotte’s Hispanic community gathered Thursday night to watch President Obama announce changes in the enforcement to America’s immigration laws. As for the mood after the speech? That varied from person to person.

To say the room at the Latin American Coalition was packed is an understatement. Around 75 people poured in. Those who could, sat in chairs, others stood where they could or sat on the floor near the screen where the president’s speech would be projected.

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Local News
5:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Obama's Immigration Speech Leads To High Hopes, Questions From Local Immigrant Group

President Barack Obama says he will lay out his plans to overhaul America's immigration system on Thursday night.
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Thursday night, President Barack Obama will lay out his plan to overhaul America’s immigration system. 

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Local News
2:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Recount To Determine Seat On NC Supreme Court

The race between Cheri Beasley (left) and Mike Robinson (right) will depend on a recount.
Credit Courtesy of Campaigns

The North Carolina Board of Elections says there will be a recount in a race for State Supreme Court.

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Local News
9:46 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Why Are There So Many Ponzi Scheme Cases In Charlotte?

Mugshot of person #5247 better known as Charles Ponzi. Although the scheme existed long before Ponzi, his version of the scheme became so infamous we now know these as Ponzi scheme.
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It’s a scheme that goes by many names like the Pyramid and the Matrix. Historically, it was called the “Peter-to-Paul.” We know it best as a Ponzi scheme. And a surprising number of these cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office here in Charlotte.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

South Carolina's AG Says He Will Appeal Ruling Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban

South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.
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South Carolina’s Attorney General says he will appeal A federal judge’s ruling that struck down South Carolina’s ban on gay marriage.

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