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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Arts & Life
5:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

When Cars Ran On Rails; Charlotte's Streetcar Past

An undated photograph of a streetcar in Dilworth, Charlotte's original streetcar neighborhood
Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

It's time for another radio road trip Along the Great Wagon Road - our series exploring the history of the Charlotte region with Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South.

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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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Local News
6:36 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The Status Of Chiquita's Incentive Dollars

Credit Julie Rose

Earlier today the 320 or so employees of Chiquita received an email which began “Dear Associate, We now embark on Chiquita’s next chapter.”

That’s how Chiquita told its workforce the company’s Uptown headquarters will be closed. This just three years after the company received an incentive package potentially worth more than $20 million to come to Charlotte and keep its worldwide headquarters here for 11 years. Now there are questions as to how much incentive money – and in what form the company has received. Tom Bullock joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey for the latest on this story.


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Politics
6:46 am
Wed January 14, 2015

What To Expect From The 2015 State Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session starts today
Credit NC General Assembly

State legislators have descended on Raleigh for the start of the 2015 legislative session. Today’s session is largely ceremonial. The only votes scheduled are to elect leadership of the General Assembly. But there is a lot lawmakers would like to get done this year, which is why WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for a preview of the so-called long legislative session.

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Local News
10:27 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Gets Council's Go-Ahead On Debt Write-Off

Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has been given approval to erase more than $20 million of debt off its books. In a 10-1 vote Monday night, the Charlotte City Council approved the plan for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and NASCAR to eliminate the debt in exchange for $5 million in payments from the city.

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