Briana Duggan

CAJA Fellow

Before finding her way to public radio, Briana traveled throughout South America, Europe, and the Middle East in the pursuit of adventure. When she returned to Charlotte, she found that there was much exploration to do in her own hometown. She was the reporter on the area's arts and culture scene as part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance (CAJA), a consortium of local media dedicated to covering the arts.

Briana graduated from South Mecklenburg High School, and later UNC-Chapel Hill, with a degree in International Relations.

In her free time, Briana likes to practice her Spanish, and her dance moves, at the local salsa clubs.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

The Architecture Of Richard Neutra

Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Design by Richard Neutra.

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They called him a “prophet of clean, crisp, modernism”, and behind Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra one of the 20th century’s most famous architects.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

High Stepping Marching Band Championship This Weekend At JCSU

The best of the nation's high stepping marching bands will be on display this weekend in Charlotte.

Thirty bands from across the country will compete National High School High Stepping Marching Band Championship at Johnson C. Smith University.

High stepping  involves dancers, tall, plumed hats, a strong drumline, and plenty of attitude.

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Arts & Life
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

NC Painter Speaks About Loss, Caregiving And Family

Beverly McIver. Renee as an Angel. Oil on Canvas. 2008

In 2004, Beverly McIver’s career was taking off. She was 42, single, and well positioned in her role as a tenured art professor at Arizona State University.


But then everything changed. Her mother got sick, passed away, and Beverly was thrust into a new role – caregiver.

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Arts & Life
5:16 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Tosco Music Party Host Talks About Music

John Tosco
Briana Duggan

There are few as active on Charlotte's music scene as John Tosco.

He teaches guitar at his own music studio, hosts monthly open mic nights at the Evening Muse in Noda, and for more than 20 years has run the quarterly concert series called the Tosco Music Party.

The next Tosco Music Party is tonight at Halton Theatre on the campus of Central Piedmont Community Collge.

WFAE’s Brianna Duggan spoke to Tosco about his beginnings with music, and about his favorite song. It’s by the band that got him into music in the first place.

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DNC 2012
12:06 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Habitat For Humanity's Work On Display During DNC

The LEED Platinum certified home that was built during the DNC.
Briana Duggan

Charlotte had its fair share of new buildings before the Democratic National Convention, but only one was constructed during the convention. Over four days, Habitat for Humanity built a LEED Platinum certified home in the center city to demonstrate the city's sustainability projects. The house will be moved to the Reid Park Community in West Charlotte at the weeks end.

DNC 2012
1:12 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

One Protester Among The Many

Scenes from the Duke Energy protest
Briana Duggan

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Charlotte this week.  Beth Henry is one of them.  She's not your typical protester.  A retired corporate lawyer and mother of two grown children, Henry has now taken up climate change as her cause. WFAE's Briana Duggan talked to her among the chanting.   

DNC 2012
7:19 am
Mon September 3, 2012

A Look At The March On Wall Street South

A protester advertises his hope for financial sustainability in the next administration before the march of about 800 left from Frazier Park on Sunday.
Briana Duggan

The people participating in Sunday's March on Wall Street South represented many views. We have these photos and a video of some of those diverse prostests.

Protesters at the March on Wall Street South created many issue based chants for the DNC. In this video the Grier Heights Community Steppers  share some of theirs.

WFAEats
7:58 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Matthews Landmark Offers More Than Nuts And Bolts

The store first opened on North Trade Street in Matthews in 1900.
Credit Tanner Latham

In advance of Charlotte Talks’ discussion about the importance of preserving the world’s seed stocks, we revisit Renfrow Hardware, where a big part of their business is food gardening and seeds. The owner of Renfrow will join Mike Collins for the discussion on Monday at 9am on 90.7 WFAE and WFAE.org.

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Arts & Life
1:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

A Swiss Take On Appalachian Music

A Betty Fisher album hangs in The Kruger Brothers recording studio in Wilkesboro.Brothers Jens and Uve and their bassist, Joel
Briana Duggan WFAE

Jens and Uwe Kruger play music the way birds fly in formation - synchronized. They are brothers who always anticipate the other's next movement. They have been playing music together their whole lives. They grew up in Switzerland - not far from Zurich. They had no TV, so their evenings were spent in song. Uwe Kruger leads a guitar workshop at the first Kruger Brother's Academy.

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The Best Of MerleFest Isn't Confined To Main Stage
1:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Best Of MerleFest Isn't Confined To Main Stage

Festival goers crowd in to get a glimpse of Merlefest's Hillside Album Hour Concert, one of the most popular of the weekend.
Briana Duggan WFAE

The first thing you notice when you get to Merlefest is the sheer number of people. Around 76,000 attended the four-day festival at Wilkes Community College. The second thing you notice is the number of people carrying their own instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins, upright bass. You get the picture. You can find them at the Pickin' Tents. Outside are the instrument cases strewn about, inside are the players. 

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