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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Area leaders are one step closer to deciding whether to open an extra lane on I-485 in south Charlotte. There’s an extra lane of pavement on both sides of the newly-widened section of I-485 between I-77 and Rea Road. The state Department of Transportation opened the highway in December, nearly two years ahead of schedule. The plan had been to keep those lanes closed until the next section of widening is complete, at least four years from now. But many people have complained that it’s silly not to use the extra lane until then.

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Interstate 485 in south Charlotte is now one lane wider in both directions. But there’s enough new pavement on the highway to open an additional lane on both sides. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it’s up to a local board to decide whether to open those lanes sooner than was originally planned.  

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The legendary James Brown passed away in 2006, but the battle over his multi-million dollar estate still rages on in the South Carolina courts. The godfather of soul’s will leaves the bulk of his assets to a scholarship fund for poor children in South Carolina and Georgia—the “I Feel Good” Trust.

More than a decade later, though, the trust has yet to give out any money. That’s because Brown’s children and the woman who claims she is his widow are challenging the will. And now, a reporter covering the fight over the Brown estate has been drawn into the legal battle.

WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen talks to Morning Edition host Marshall Terry about the situation.

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Volunteers hit the streets of uptown Charlotte last week to count the number of homeless people in the city. It’s part of an annual, nationwide count. But in Charlotte this year, organizers expanded the count from 24 hours to three days. Their goal is to identify homeless people who need the most help. 

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It’s easy to feel a little blue this time of year. The holidays are over, the weather is cold, the days are short, and spring feels far away. Well, a group of musicians plans to try to brighten up this January with an evening of songs and poetry that span 400 years.

The Carolina Catholic Chorale performed the program Friday night at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Charlotte.

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WFAE's Duncan McFadyen reports on the mixed reactions to Wednesday’s news that Chiquita plans to close its corporate headquarters in Charlotte.

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.

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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. 

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. 


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.