Duncan McFadyen

Weekend Edition Saturday Host/Reporter

Duncan is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Wilmington. A lifelong musician, he got his start in broadcasting as a volunteer classical music host at his hometown public radio station, WHQR. He went on to host “Morning Edition” there, and then at WCQS in Asheville.

He enjoys live music, hiking, playing the piano, Scotch whisky, and craft beer.

Duncan is an alumnus of  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by way of Duke University .

 

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WFAE Talks
9:36 am
Sat December 20, 2014

WFAE Talks First Amendment, Tax Breaks For Cognizant, Holiday Deadlines

Credit WFAE

What are the free speech rights of public employees? Lisa Worf discusses her story that examines the firing of a Charlotte fire investigator over a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson riots. Another WFAE story that received a lot of attention this week is Ben Bradford's piece on the state giving tax breaks to the outsourcing company Cognizant.

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Charlotte Studies Benefits, Drawbacks Of Pay-Per-Bag Trash Service

A WasteZero trash bag.
Credit WasteZero

There’s been a lot of trash talk in Charlotte recently. And no, we don’t mean college basketball. The city is studying pay-as-you-throw garbage service as a way to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.


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Local News
2:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Seriously? 'Bootie' Question On Ardrey Kell Biology Worksheet

A CMS high school has stopped using a worksheet that includes a racially offensive genetics question.     

A teacher at Ardrey Kell High School in south Charlotte apparently used the genetics worksheet in a biology class. Here’s the question at issue:

 "LaShamanda has a heterozygous big bootie, the dominant trait. Her man Fontavius has a small bootie which is recessive. They get married and have a baby named LaPrincess. What is the probability that LaPrincess will inherit her mama's big bootie?"

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Local News
8:43 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Charlotte Man Clears His Path, One Step At A Time

David Bradely poses with the litter he collected on one day's 3-mile walk.
Duncan McFadyen

David Bradley, a copywriter for one of the big banks in Charlotte, had a life-changing moment a few years ago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Bradley saw, first-hand, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, islands of large patches of trash.

He says “it was buoys, pieces of polystyrene, bottles, water heaters, all those things,” and covered in seabirds.

When he got back, he says, he started noticing litter everywhere.

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Local News
1:15 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Cotham Tops Meck. Commission Race As Democrats Maintain Majority

Pat Cotham

Democrats will keep a 6 to 3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission. 


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Local News
5:02 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Energy Company Has Big Plans For Former Philip Morris Site in Concord

Alevo introduces its GridBank power storage system, October 28, 2014, in Concord, N.C.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

A new company says it will turn the former Philip Morris plant in Concord into a high tech manufacturing facility. Executives from Alevo made the announcement Tuesday. They will use the space to build large-scale battery arrays that, they say, will “redefine energy.”

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Local News
8:33 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Excitement Builds For Hornets' Season Opener

Credit Michael Tomsic

Hornets fans are getting the party started early for the NBA team's opening game on Wednesday. 

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Local News
7:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Elon Poll: Ballot Order Could Help Hagan In Race Against Tillis

Senator Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters

  Come Election Day, the candidate who’s listed first on the ballot has an advantage. At least that’s the conventional wisdom. But a new survey from Elon University casts doubt on that logic, and that could be good news this November for Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in her race against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis.

WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen joins Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry with more about the poll.

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Local News
9:21 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte Symphony CEO Discusses Good Financial News, Future Challenges

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating more than its season-opening concerts this weekend. The Orchestra announced this week it finished the last fiscal year in the black for the first time since 2002. Charlotte Symphony president and CEO Bob Stickler says the Symphony is doing a better job of generating community support after years of relying too much on big donations from institutions like the Arts and Science Council. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Local News
4:18 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

CMPD Officer Charged With Assault

CMPD Officer Jason Van Aken.
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer is on unpaid leave after being charged with assaulting a man who was in police custody.


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