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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Local News
7:58 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

CPCC President Hopes Obama's Community College Tuition Plan Becomes A Reality

President Obama Friday proposed a plan that would provide tuition assistance to community college students. All students who are enrolled at least part-time and who maintain at least a 2 .5 GPA would qualify. The White House hasn’t released many details.

North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, a former community college president, calls it the "wrong approach for the federal government to take."

The idea has support, though, from Central Piedmont Community College president Tony Zeiss.  He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Local News
3:53 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Family Dollar Earnings Drop Significantly In Its First Quarter

Family Dollar's corporate headquarters in Matthews, N.C.
Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Family Dollar saw its first quarter earnings drop significantly. The Matthews-based discount retailer said Thursday the period was a “very challenging” one for the company. 


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Local News
11:01 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

BCBSNC Makes Some Medical Costs Public

The state’s largest health insurance provider is making some medical costs public for the first time. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina yesterday unveiled a website that lets anyone search how much doctors and hospitals charge for some of the most common non-emergency services. 

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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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Energy & Environment
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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