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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If you live in Union County or Anson County in North Carolina, or Lancaster County in South Carolina, you’ve probably noticed a stronger smell or taste of chlorine in your water. You’re not imagining things; the municipal water system is midway through a month-long flush that customers are definitely noticing.

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 The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has a new exhibit of art books by Henri Matisse. The French artist created a number of these books in the latter part of his life in the 1930s and 1940s. Bechtler Museum President and CEO John Boyer gave WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen a tour. 

The University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors convenes its monthly meeting Thursday at UNC Charlotte. During the two-day meeting, the board will consider a proposal that would close three academic centers.  

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

CMPD is investigating Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of a woman by an officer who was also involved in a fatal police shooting in 2012. Police say officer Anthony Holzhauer shot 20-year old Janisha Fonville after she refused repeated orders to drop a knife – and lunged at officers.   Police had responded to a domestic violence call involving Fonville and another woman in Dillehay Court, off North Tryon Street. All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey talks to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen about the investigation.

MR: Duncan, where are police in the investigation?

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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. 

Duncan McFadyen

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.