Tom Bullock


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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If you care about the debate over Syrian refugees and what's happening in Syria, you will want to listen to this episode. Tom Bullock discusses his reporting on the debate, and his experience as a journalist in Syria. He was part of a NPR team that interviewed Syria President Bashar al-Assad. We’ve also posted pictures Tom took of Syrian monuments, some which have since been destroyed by ISIS.

The Keith Corporation / State of North Carolina

A meeting and a strange memo were brought up again and again by state lawmakers Wednesday. The members of a joint legislative commission were looking into how and why a Charlotte businessman and McCrory campaign donor was awarded $3 million in state prison contracts. 

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Some will see it as a prudent move, others guilt by association. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory announced he has asked the federal government to cease resettling Syrian refugees in North Carolina. He was one of at least 23 governors, including Nikki Haley of South Carolina, to do so.

But are refugees really a threat?

For many there are two moments that define how they feel about Syrian refugees. They both deal with death.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Gov. Pat McCrory has made a request of the Obama administration: Stop sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina. But that may be a symbolic measure.

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Charlotte is facing a shortage of cops. That was the simple message CMPD Chief Kerr Putney brought to the city council Monday night.

Last year there were 42 murders in Charlotte, a 30 year low. This year, Chief Putney says violent crime across the city has jumped by 17.5 percent. He told the council he was particularly concerned "about the 47 percent increase" in homicides. The dramatic increase doesn't stop there. "We also want to talk about home invasion robberies which have increased by almost 50 percent."

David T. Foster III / Courtest Charlotte Observer

It’s time for Jennifer Roberts to update her profile on LinkedIn. The former teacher, businesswoman, and diplomat is now Charlotte’s mayor-elect.

The Democrat’s win wasn’t a landslide. The margin of victory against Republican Edwin Peacock was less than 5 percent in a heavily Democratic city. But it was enough for some to wonder if they’ll ever reclaim that seat.


Last month, Governor Pat McCrory signed off on cuts to both personal income and corporate tax rates. Now, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity wants to say thank you. And it's spending a lot of money to do so.

What’s the best way to say thank you to a politician? With a happy television ad, of course. One with loads of smiling people and upbeat music. Why are they smiling? "Because Governor McCrory and the General Assembly cut income taxes again," says the narrator.

April Bethea / Charlotte Observer

If both companies get their way Piedmont Natural Gas will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Duke Energy by the end of next year. The price: $6.7 billion in cash and debt. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise.

Government of New Jersey

A 43-year-old Fayetteville man may go down as one of the most entertaining forgers in North Carolina history. The saga of Christian Lusardi came to an end Thursday.

Late last year, Lusardi was running a thriving business. He had more than $1 million in his paypall account to prove it. And, as the feds would discover in a springtime raid, a house filled with 35,000 counterfeit DVDs.

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Last night the McGlohon Theater housed a show featuring plenty of talking points, odd questions and, at times, substantive debate on issues affecting Charlotteans. The stars: Jennifer Roberts and Edwin Peacock.