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
12:13 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Patrick Cannon: From 'First Citizen' To Felon

Patrick Cannon arrives at the Federal Courthouse in uptown for his sentencing hearing.
Tasnim Shamma WFAE

Patrick Cannon and his family have been told to wait for a letter. It will come from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and tell the former mayor where and when his prison time will be served.

Cannon was sentenced to 44 months in prison Tuesday for accepting more than $50,000 in bribes and gifts from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen. 

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Crime
1:28 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Patrick Cannon Sentenced To 44 Months In Federal Prison

Cannon was released on bond after his sentencing hearing. He was represented by attorneys Henderson Hill and James Ferguson.
Tasnim Shamma

This morning, Patrick Cannon walked into the Federal Courthouse Uptown and was sentenced to 44 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution and a $10,000 fine. The former Charlotte mayor pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. WFAE’s Tom Bullock was in the courtroom.


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Local News
1:43 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Patrick Cannon To Be Sentenced Today

Former Mayor Patrick Cannon arrives at the federal courthouse for his sentencing.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Tuesday morning Patrick Cannon will be sentenced in federal court. The former Charlotte mayor admitted earlier this year to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.

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Commentaries
7:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Crowning A Better Nickname For The Panthers-Bengals Game

Hey our city logo even has a crown! We win right?
Credit City of Charlotte / City of Cincinnati

On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers take on the Cincinnati Bengals in what’s being called the "Queen City Bowl." Here are some suggestions for alternative names for the matchup.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Digging Into Thom Tillis's Favorite Attack Stat

Graphic in a Crossroads GPS ad attacking Kay Hagan's voting record.
Credit Via Youtube

Throughout the campaign for US Senate you’ve heard this line again and again from Speaker Thom Tillis:

"Senator Hagan has voted with President Obama 96 percent of the time. She’s served as a rubber stamp to President Obama’s failed policies."

Tonight when Hagan and Tillis meet for their third and final debate, you’re almost guaranteed to hear that statistic again. We were wondering why this has become the go-to attack for Tillis, so Tom Bullock to join Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for our Thursday political chat.

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Politics
9:52 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Attacks Aplenty In Hagan-Tillis 2

Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis at their second debate.
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters

The candidates were not on a first name basis last night as Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis took part in their second debate. The tone was more formal… the rhetoric more biting. 

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

True Unaffiliated Voters About As Rare As This Creepy Fish

The coelacanth was once thought to be extinct. It lives, its just extremely rare.
Credit Courtesy of the BBC

Tonight, Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan will go head to head in their second live debate. 

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Politics
8:45 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Who's Spending The Most For Your Vote? Tracking NC Senate Race

Images of Thom TIllis and Kay Hagan from political ads
Credit From political ads

The 2014 midterm elections are now just 31 days away. But those 31 days are valuable to candidates and independent groups vying, or some say trying to buy, your vote. That is especially true in the race for US Senate between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis. 

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Corporate Money And Politics: Which Companies Are Most Transparent?

Cover art from the "2014 Corporate Accountability and Disclosure Index."
Credit Courtesy of the the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research

The amount of corporate money pumped into politics has surged in the four years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case.

A new report, released Wednesday, examines how transparent the 300 largest public companies in America are about how much they give to political groups and where that money goes.

And some Charlotte area companies are ranked on the list.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Tillis Political Defeat Becomes Pro-Tillis Ad

Kyle and Bobbie Robinson in the "Samuel" ad.
Credit Courtesy of Carolina Rising

A new ad which began airing statewide Tuesday focuses on one of Thom Tillis’s biggest political defeats this year. But there’s a twist: This is a pro-Tillis ad.


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