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
1:46 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Fair Or Double Standard? Petraeus To Be Sentenced

General David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell
Credit US Government

This afternoon, David Petraeus will enter the federal courthouse in uptown, and be sentenced for violating the Espionage Act. Petraeus, a retired four-star general and former director of the CIA has admitted he gave his mistress access to classified information and lied to the FBI as they investigated the case. A plea agreement signed by Petraeus and federal prosecutors calls for a sentence of 2 years probation and a $40,000 fine. 

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Politics
1:05 am
Thu April 16, 2015

POTUS Pitches To Mommy Bloggers

President Barack Obama hands his microphone to blogger Erin Odom.
Tom Bullock WFAE

Child care, student loans, wages, the economy. These were some of the issues President Obama addressed Wednesday at ImaginOn in uptown Charlotte. But the overall focus of the town hall-style meeting was on women.

President Obama began his remarks by having a little fun with the fact he was speaking at a children’s library.

"I was just hanging out with the Cat in the Hat," he joked.

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Local News
12:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

City Council OK's $975,000 For New Seats At Bojangles Coliseum

Nearly $1 million worth of new, wider seats are coming to Bojangles' Coliseum.
Credit James Willamor

Monday night the Charlotte City Council voted to spend $975,000 to buy new seats for Bojangles Coliseum.

Late last year, the City Council approved a plan to spend $15 million to renovate the 59 year old structure. The new seats are one of the first major purchases in that plan.

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Local News
4:35 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Independent Audit Finds Nearly $500,000 In Personal Spending At SEANC

Former SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope
Credit Courtesy of SEANC

An independent audit of North Carolina’s largest state employee association has found its former executive director spent nearly $500,000 for personal expenses that had nothing to with the association's work. 

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Local News
12:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

The State's Domain, Part 2: North Carolina's Map Act

NCDOT sign along a protected corridor
Courtesy of Matthew Bryant

Eminent domain is one of the most powerful tools of government. It allows state and local governments to force the sale of private land for anything deemed of public use or benefit. In return, however, the state is required to pay just compensation.

North Carolina is one of 13 states that allow its Department of Transportation to effectively control private property that may be turned into a road. This means that just compensation may take years, or in some cases, decades. Part 2 of our series, The State's Domain, examines what's known as the Map Act.

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Local News
5:34 am
Thu April 9, 2015

The State's Domain, Part 1: A Buyer's Market

Signs for I-85 near Rennea Wilmot's home.
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

A standard real estate deal is based on a simple principle. A willing buyer and a willing seller agree on what both sides see as a fair price.

But there are situations where a buyer can force the sale of property and control almost every step of the purchase. These cases pit private property owners against the state. It's what’s known as eminent domain. 

In The State's Domain, WFAE’s Tom Bullock examines how eminent domain is being used in North Carolina, and the debate those practices have stirred in Raleigh. It's a two-part series. Part one is called The Buyer's Market.

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Politics
7:03 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

McCrory Lashes Out On Sales Tax And Magistrate Bills

Governor Pat McCrory
Credit Courtesy of the Governor's Office

In an hour-long interview with WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Monday, Governor Pat McCrory lashed out at Republican lawmakers in Raleigh for what he sees as bad and misguided legislation. This includes a proposal to redistribute sales tax and what’s become known as ‘The Magistrate Bill.’

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Local News
8:35 am
Mon March 30, 2015

NC Senate Bill Could Lead To Charges For Charlotte's 'Naked Neighbor'

44 year old Gerard Leeper, better known as the 'Naked Neighbor'
Credit Courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Department

A bill introduced Monday in the North Carolina Senate would make it easier to bring criminal charges against one of Charlotte’s most notorious neighbors.

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Business
8:30 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Duke Energy Execs Have Bonuses Cut After Coal Ash Spill

Duke Energy will dock its top executives 35% of bonus pay after coal ash spill
Credit Courtesy of Duke Energy

The 2014 bonuses for five of Duke Energy’s top executives were cut by 35 percent. This is response, the company says, to last year’s coal ash spill into the Dan River. 

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Politics
11:22 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Shifting Center Or Standing Pat? The Politics Of Gov. McCrory Ahead Of 2016 Campaign

Candidate Pat McCrory from a 2012 political ad.
Credit Via YouTube

Governor Pat McCrory was Monday's guest on Charlotte Talks. The interview comes at a time when the Republican governor is at odds with state lawmakers, particularly Republicans in the Senate, on a number of key issues. These include taxes, business incentives and the state’s budget.

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