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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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. 

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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.

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There’s been a lot of trash talk in Charlotte recently. And no, we don’t mean college basketball. The city is studying pay-as-you-throw garbage service as a way to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.


Courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

A CMS high school has stopped using a worksheet that includes a racially offensive genetics question.     

A teacher at Ardrey Kell High School in south Charlotte apparently used the genetics worksheet in a biology class. Here’s the question at issue:

 "LaShamanda has a heterozygous big bootie, the dominant trait. Her man Fontavius has a small bootie which is recessive. They get married and have a baby named LaPrincess. What is the probability that LaPrincess will inherit her mama's big bootie?"

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David Bradley, a copywriter for one of the big banks in Charlotte, had a life-changing moment a few years ago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Bradley saw, first-hand, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, islands of large patches of trash.

He says “it was buoys, pieces of polystyrene, bottles, water heaters, all those things,” and covered in seabirds.

When he got back, he says, he started noticing litter everywhere.

Democrats will keep a 6 to 3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission. 


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