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
5:34 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Clodfelter On New Job: 'Mayor Like Orchestra's Conductor'

Dan Clodfelter takes the oath of office at his swearing in ceremony
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Tom Bullock reports on the swearing in ceremony

Wednesday, Dan Clodfelter was sworn in as Mayor of Charlotte. 

There was the pledge of allegiance, an oath of office and prayer…more or less the standard affair.  Of course how Clodfelter became mayor was anything but. WFAE's Tom Bullock sat down with Charlotte's new mayor just after the ceremony.


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Local News
11:57 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Dan Clodfelter Appointed Mayor

State Sen. Dan Clodfelter, right, talks with Charlotte City Council member David Howard, left, after Clodfelter was appointed to fill the remainder of former Mayor Patrick Cannon's term.
David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com Charlotte Observer

Later today, Democratic State Senator Dan Clodfelter will resign the seat he’s held for 8 terms so he can become the next Mayor of Charlotte. Last night, Clodfelter was appointed by the City Council to serve what remains of Patrick Cannon’s term.


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Local News
6:30 am
Mon April 7, 2014

U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed

Credit Bytemarks/Flickr

Later today, the US Senate is expected to vote on extending long term unemployment benefits.  If passed, the bill will move to the House of Representatives. And if it becomes law, it would affect North Carolina more than any other state. 


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WFAE Talks
2:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

WFAE Talks Cannon and The Daily Show, Political B-Roll, A Failed Charter School

Tom Bullock steps in for Ben Bradford on this week's show. Greg, Lisa and Tom discuss the race for Charlotte mayor and Patrick Cannon's recognition on the The Daily Show. Plus, the production assist that some candidates are giving third-party interest groups, and a charter school in Charlotte that shuts down before the school year ends.

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Politics
9:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

B-Roll Footage Blurs Lines Between Campaigns And Interest Groups

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Many of the political ads you see and hear are produced by independent third-party interest groups. They are called “independent” because it’s illegal for these groups and candidates to coordinate their campaigns.

But this year it’s harder to distinguish between these groups and some candidates in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate Race.

This year the campaigns of Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are pushing the boundaries of election law.


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Local News
6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Charlotte's Next Mayor On Tonight's Council Agenda

Tonight, Charlotte City Council may have an answer to this question – who is the next mayor of Charlotte?

But no matter what happens at tonight's meeting, Council will undoubtedly try to reassure the public the city is moving on from former mayor Patrick Cannon.


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Local News
12:49 am
Thu March 27, 2014

How The FBI's Case Against Cannon Went Down

FBI agents loaded a CPU and boxes from Patrick Cannon's home in Ballantyne before driving off.
Credit Michael Tomsic

On Wednesday morning, Patrick Cannon was Mayor of Charlotte and a rising political figure in the state. Less than 24 hours later he’s out on bond, no longer in government, and facing a host of federal charges. The story of his fall is one of undercover cops, multi-million dollar investments, bugged apartments, and feminine hygiene products. WFAE’s Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock bring us this report.


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Local News
2:58 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

$51 Million For Bojangles Coliseum? A Talking Document Tells Us Why

Bojangles Coliseum
Credit James Willamor

A request for $51 million of city money to rehab the Bojangles Coliseum was a bit surprising. The city has already approved $25 million to renovate the site. This new proposal is still just that, a proposal. But it left us wondering just what this additional money would be used for.  So we turned to a real person and a talking document to find out.    


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Local News
10:12 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Charlotte is considering nearly $300 million of new spending on projects for the next fiscal year. City council members met Wednesday night to hear the proposals. 

Capital projects are physical things like runways, city parks and desk chairs. Charlotte currently has $25 million of available funding for such projects, basically wiggle room for the 2015 budget. 

Which means in order to pay for some or all of these requests, the city would likely have to raise taxes or fees or take on debt.   

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Politics
9:17 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Awkward World Of Judicial Stump Speeches

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

In seven weeks, North Carolinians will go to the polls for the state  primary elections.  This means candidates for all kinds of offices are out wooing voters and raising money. For those trying to become elected judges - the process is a bit strange.  And even the candidates worry it may hurt the credibility of the state’s highest courts. 


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