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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Politics
11:38 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat

Seven Democrats and two Republicans are running for the 12th congressional district seat. Early voting for the May primary election begins on April 24.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.


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Local News
1:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Few Differences Among Democrats Running In 12th Congressional District

Candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional district prepare for a forum in Greensboro, March 27, 2014.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

With North Carolina’s primary election just over a month away, six Democrats running to represent the state’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday at a forum in Greensboro. The candidates laid out their positions on a number of issues, but as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, it’s a challenge to find differences among them.


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Local News
11:56 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Center City Partners Pushes For More Retail Uptown

Teresa Farson, co-owner of The Beehive.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Uptown Charlotte is not the “ghost town” it was after business hours 25 years ago. Numerous bars and restaurants keep its streets busy well into the evening. But walk around uptown at any time and you won’t find many retail stores. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen explains why, and what one group is trying to do to change it.


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Local News
5:11 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Close Vote On I-277 Noise Wall Gets Independent Review

A rendering of the proposed noise wall on I-277, looking southwest.
Credit City of Charlotte

A close vote that narrowly gave the state Department of Transportation approval to put up a noise wall along I-277 is now under review. 


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Local News
9:19 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Movie Studio At Eastland Mall Site Appears Dead

Eastland Mall in 2013, before demolition.
Credit Julie Rose

The future of the Eastland Mall site appears to be up in the air again. City staff have recommended against extending an exclusive contract with Studio Charlotte, the company that wants to turn the 80-acre property into film and TV studios. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports.


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Local News
1:37 am
Tue February 25, 2014

City Council Still Trying To Stop Proposed Noise Wall On I-277

A rendering of how a proposed noise wall along I-277 would block skyline views.
Credit City of Charlotte

Charlotte City Council is still trying to figure out how to stop a planned noise wall from being built between I-277 and the 4th Ward neighborhood.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it’s moving forward with the design because there isn’t enough opposition among residents and property owners in the neighborhood. City Council members last night criticized the state’s voting process. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

I-277 Noise Walls: One Voted Down, Other Moving Forward

A rendering showing the proposed section of noise wall on I-277.
Credit City of Charlotte

The votes are in on the controversial noise walls proposed for part of I-277. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it’s moving forward with one section; the other section has been voted down. The next move comes tonight from Charlotte City Council, who along with other groups has said it’s concerned the wall would block views of uptown.

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Local News
6:36 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Ride-Sharing App Lyft Expands Service Area To Include Airport Pickups

A Charlotte Lyft car with its signature fluffy pink mustache.
Credit Julie Rose

You may be seeing more cars with those fuzzy pink mustaches attached to their grilles in the coming weeks. The app-based ride sharing service Lyft has expanded its coverage area in Charlotte to include most of the metro area, including Charlotte-Douglas airport. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports it’s the first major ride-sharing service to start picking up passengers at the airport.


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Local News
11:08 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Arsenic Levels In Dan River Were Over NC Standard

Scientists collect water samples from the Dan River following a coal ash spill from a retired Duke Energy plant.
Credit NC DENR

Officials continue to monitor water quality near the site of a coal ash spill from a retired Duke Energy plant on the Dan River in northern North Carolina. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen reports arsenic levels exceeded a state standard earlier this week.
 


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Local News
6:17 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Crews Plug Dan River Coal Ash Leak

Duke Energy workers installed a crane to clear a path to the broken pipe under an ash pond at the Dan River coal plant in Eden, N.C.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

**UPDATE 2/8/2014 10:30 a.m.**

As of Saturday morning, Duke Energy workers have installed a permanent plug at the end of the wastewater pipe. A company representative says the "concrete-like substance" is curing. To keep pressure off of the plug as it cures, wastewater is still being pumped from the pipe and back into the coal ash pond. Crews are still trying to reach the broken part of the pipe under the ash pond. When they do, they plan to fill the full length of the pipe with the same concrete-like material.

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Workers have temporarily stopped the flow of ash and water into the Dan River on the border of North Carolina and Virginia, and plan to permanently patch the leak overnight.


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