Duncan McFadyen

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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Charlotte Observer

Update  6 p.m.
 Prosecutors cross-examined CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for three hours Friday. It was a tense day of testimony in which prosecutors tried to paint Kerrick as someone who can’t be trusted.

Charlotte Observer

CMPD officer Randall Kerrick told jurors Thurday afternoon that he feared for his life on the night he shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell.

In the trial of Randall Kerrick Friday, jurors heard the former CMPD officer recount his version of the events that led to the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell. But Kerrick was not called on to testify. Prosecutors in the voluntary manslaughter case showed part of a video of a police interview with Kerrick. The video was recorded a few hours after he shot Ferrell ten times. Kerrick and two other officers were responding to a 911 call about a break-in. Kerrick is white and Ferrell was black and unarmed.


Police dash-cam video was shown Wednesday in the Randall Kerrick shooting trial. It comes from the police cruiser of Officer Adam Neal – one of three officers who responded to a 911 call the night of September 14th, 2013.

Julie Rose

Three years ago, Charlotte-Douglas Airport officials celebrated the opening of a new trash sorting facility. The goal was to turn a profit on recyclables within five years. It’s not turning out that way.

Lynn Roberson / UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte expects thousands of people to visit a rare flower blooming this weekend at its Botanical Garden. The Amorphophallus titanium, or corpse flower, is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Most plants bloom only once or twice, and it takes at least 7 years for them to produce a flower. When a plant does bloom, it produces one of the largest flowers in the world. Titans’ deep purple blooms can grow to over 9 feet. They’re also known for the strong smell they produce, which is similar to rotting flesh. Appropriately, UNC Charlotte has nicknamed theirs “Odie.”  It’s about 5' 4" tall and 11 years old.

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

It took less than five minutes to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol, a symbol that’s been fought over for 54 years. It happened on the same day the FBI admitted the alleged shooter in the Charleston church killings should not have been permitted to buy a gun.

Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

Friday morning, the Confederate battle flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse grounds and moved to a museum down the street. The flag has been the subject of intense debate over the last few weeks, following the shooting deaths of nine people at a black church in Charleston. In Columbia Thursday, people stopped by to celebrate and to lament the flag’s last full day outside of the capitol.   


Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

"The Confederate flag is coming off the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse," Gov. Nikki Haley declared in a bill-signing ceremony.

The flag will be lowered at 10 a.m. Friday. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen provides this update to NPR's Kelly McEvers during All Things Considered.

The Confederate flag, which flies outside the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia, will come down Friday at 10 a.m., according to a spokesman for Governor Nikki Haley. 

The governor will sign the bill at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

WFAE's Duncan McFadyen is at the state house and discussed the atmosphere with WFAE's Sarah Delia.