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
6:31 am
Tue March 3, 2015

LGBT Defeat: Council Rejects Non-Discrimination Expansion

Two women pray before the city council meeting began
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday night Charlotte’s City Council voted down a proposal to expand the city’s nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBT people. The vote was 6 to 5. It’s a major blow to LGBT rights advocates and a victory for those who saw the move as part of a war against religious freedom.

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Local News
2:03 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Contentious LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Before City Council Tonight

A proposed expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance is the only item on the council's agenda Monday night.
Credit Charlotte City Council Agenda

On any given Monday the Charlotte City Council considers dozens of measures. Tonight, it will have just one.

It’s a proposal to broaden the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The move is contentious. Council members have been swamped with emails and phone calls trying to sway their vote.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Sex With Lobbyist Not A ‘Thing Of Value’ Says State Ethics Commission

Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Ethics Commission

A lobbyist is sleeping with a politician. Does this count as a gift under state law? An act of goodwill? A way to gain access? No this isn’t a political joke, at least not to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. They were asked these very questions and recently ruled consensual sex between politicians and lobbyists is A-OK.

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Was VP Biden Pitching More Than Infrastructure In Charlotte?

Vice President Joe Biden and US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in Charlotte
Credit John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Anthony Foxx came home Thursday. And the former Charlotte mayor, and current Secretary of Transportation brought a friend. Vice President Joe Biden.

The two were here to build support for President Barack Obama’s proposal to rebuild or replace America’s transportation systems. At times, however, it seemed the two might be pitching Charlotte and North Carolina more than an infrastructure overhaul.

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News
4:24 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

VP Biden And Sec. Foxx Pitch President's Plan To Charlotte

Vice President Biden (left) traveled to Charlotte with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday.
Credit John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

The Grow America tour made a stop in Charlotte Thursday. Its headliners were Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. The duo pitched a major plank in President Barack Obama’s budget. 


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Local News
4:13 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

VP Biden And Sec. Foxx Come To Charlotte

US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (left) and Vice President Joe Biden (right) come to Charlotte to talk roads, bridges and infrastructure
Credit US Government

Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will be in Charlotte Thursday. They pair will head to the Extravaganza Depot in NoDa where they’ll talk about one of the Obama Administration’s major priorities.

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Local News
6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Police Body Cameras: Part 2 - A Question Of Access

A police body camera unit waiting to be picked up for a shift.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Next month the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will begin equipping every officer with a body camera. The deployment will be completed sometime this fall. Chief Rodney Monroe hopes the cameras will help build public trust in the city’s police force.

Building that trust, however, may depend on how and when the cameras are used. And who has access to the videos they record.

Yesterday, we reported on how body cameras are used on patrol by Greensboro police who have had the camera’s since 2013. In part two of our series, we focus on the issues of privacy, accountability and fears body cameras are just another form of police surveillance.  

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Local News
8:05 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Police Body Cameras: Part 1 - On Patrol

A Taser Axon-Flex body camera worn on a head mount.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Next month, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will begin equipping all its officers with body cameras. They’re small, a little larger than a tube of mascara. And they’ll record both the audio and video of police interactions with the public.  

Body cameras are seen as a way to build trust with communities and a way to hold both civilians and officers accountable. But at their heart they are a tool and nothing more. How they’re used will determine how effective they will be at building that trust.

In this two part series we’re examining the use of police body cameras and questions about privacy, access and transparency. We begin our series not in Charlotte, but 90 miles away, in Greensboro, where police body cameras have been standard issue since 2013.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Head Of SEANC Resigns After Allegations Of Using Group's Cash For Personal Gain

After 15 years as Executive Director of SEANC, Dana Cope resigned.
Credit Courtesy of SEANC

The Executive Director of the state’s largest employee association has resigned amid questions of financial wrongdoing.

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Politics
11:19 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Glitch Takes General Assembly Website Into The World Of Redirects And Credit Cards

This is the website for North Carolina's General Assembly? Kind of.
Credit Screen grab of NCLeg.net

The website for North Carolina’s General Assembly can be a bit confusing to navigate. Today, well, let’s just say, "bless their hearts."

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