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
11:39 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Improving Economy In Lincoln County Means Less State Money To Lure New Companies

Credit Lincoln County, N.C.

Lincoln County’s economy is improving. Unemployment is down and incomes are up. But, that prosperity also means less state money can go toward luring new jobs. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen explains.


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Local News
3:55 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

CharMeck Rolls Out New Emergency Alert System

Mecklenburg County is rolling out a new Emergency Notification System this month, and the system is much more advanced than the one it replaces.


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Local News
7:30 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Mecklenburg Co. Commission Ousts Cotham, Chooses Fuller As New Chair

Former Mecklenburg County Commission chair Pat Cotham (D-At Large) presides over the May 7, 2013 meeting, where the Commission voted to fire then-County Manager Harry Jones.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

The Mecklenburg County Commission has a new chairman: Charlotte attorney Trevor Fuller. Commissioners voted Tuesday night to oust Pat Cotham, who had served in that role for the past year. Both Fuller and Cotham are Democrats in their first term as at-large representatives. But, Cotham’s leadership style ended up alienating her from some members of her own party.


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Local News
5:35 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Skyline Worry: Noise Walls Along I-277 Stir Debate

Rendering of noise wall on I-277 near 11th and Poplar Streets in the 4th Ward
NCDOT

The project to add high occupancy toll lanes on I-77 from uptown Charlotte north to Mooresville will bring more traffic noise to homes and businesses along the road.  So, the DOT wants to build concrete noise walls along several stretches, including northern parts of the 277 loop. It’s that part of the wall that city leaders are concerned could block the view of the uptown skyline. But, as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, the choice of whether to build the wall or not falls to a handful of residents and property owners.

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Local News
4:11 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Supreme Court Dismisses Case Over Pre-K Restrictions

Credit Scott*/Flickr

The North Carolina Supreme Court Friday dismissed a case involving restrictions on the state’s pre-kindergarten programs. 

An attorney for five school districts who challenged the restrictions, Melanie Dubis, says the ruling was expected.

Attorney Melanie Dubis says she's not surprised by the state Supreme Court decision.

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Local News
5:30 am
Fri November 8, 2013

CMS Above Average On New Tests; Union Co. Second-Highest

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison discusses the lower test scores for the 2012-2013 school year at a press conference Thursday.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

CMS students scored slightly above the state average on new standardized test scores released by the state Thursday. But new tests aligned with national Common Core standards caused scores to drop significantly for all districts in North Carolina.


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Local News
5:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

School Districts Get A Closer Look At New Test Results

CMS officials announce the test scores on Thursday.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

The North Carolina Department of Education Thursday released the school-by-school results of last year’s end of grade and end of class tests. It was the first year for more rigorous exams that test for national Common Core standards. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen gives All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey a breakdown of the numbers.


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Local News
4:44 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

'World Series' Of Minor League Baseball Comes To Charlotte In 2014

Workers install sod at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte on November 5, 2013.
Credit Charlotte Knights

Minor League Baseball’s big game is coming to Charlotte. The league announced Tuesday that BB&T Ballpark will host the 2014 Triple-A National Championship Game. 


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Local News
5:54 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

New CHA Development Targets Seniors, Families

City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte mayor Patsy Kinsey, Congressman Mel Watt (D-12) and N.C. Sen. Joel Ford (D-38) cut the ribbon at the Renaissance
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

The Charlotte Housing Authority showed off a new development Friday intended to serve low-income families and seniors. 


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Local News
5:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Johnson C. Smith University Lays Off Staff In $3 Million Of Budget Cuts

Johnson C. Smith University president Ron Carter announces the layoffs Thursday afternoon.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

Johnson C. Smith University trimmed its budget by $3 million this week. The Charlotte school announced Thursday it had laid off 21 employees and had eliminated or frozen 30 other positions.


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