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
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

What's In An Elevator? 6th-Grader's Reviews A YouTube Hit

12 year old T.J. Burns calls the elevator outside of the WFAE studios.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Have you ever stopped to notice the different sounds an elevator makes? What the buttons look and feel like? Or where the emergency phone is?

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Interview
10:26 am
Thu January 24, 2013

App State Creates Ombuds Office To Resolve Professor-Student Conflicts

Big companies, government offices, and media outlets like NPR often have ombudsmen – they’re trained to handle complaints and to try to resolve disputes. And universities are no exception: NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke all have them. The latest UNC system school to create an ombudsman position is Appalachian State University in Boone. The school has appointed a long-time professor to set up the office, Jim Barnes. He’s been on the job since January 1. He says complaints last year about a professor factored into creating his position, but the idea had been discussed for a while.  Barnes talks to Morning Editon host Duncan McFadyen about getting the office off the ground.

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Local News
12:58 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Republicans Start The Year In Control Of NC House, Senate, And Governor's Mansion

Republicans now hold the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and have majorities in both the state House and Senate for the first time in more than a hundred years. This week, Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor and the General Assembly convened its 2013 session. So now, the question is, “what will the GOP do now that it has control in Raleigh?”

Professor Michael Bitzer talks to Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen.


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Local News
6:02 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Lost Goat In Gaston County

The goat is housed alongside dogs and cats at the Gaston County Animal Shelter.
Credit Gaston County Animal Control

If you’re looking to adopt a dog or cat, you might search the local animal control’s website. But on the Gaston County Animal Shelter’s website, the pull down menu also includes a “livestock” option. If you select it, you’ll find one listing: a brown and white male goat.

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Local News Features
11:55 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Charlotte Hornets' Fans Leverage Social Media To "Bring Back The Buzz"

The logo for the "We-BEE-lieve" campaign.
John Morgan

There’s been a lot of BUZZ recently about a certain name returning to Charlotte. Yes, the speculation is the Hornets name could be coming back to the city's NBA team. The New owner of the New Orleans Hornets wants to change the team’s name to something a little more Louisiana-centric. When the news broke December 4 that the NBA team could drop the name as early as next season, it excited a lot of people who were upset when the Hornets left in 2002.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Charter Advocate Pushes School Closures, More Rigorous Selection

We’ve heard a lot of success stories from charter school advocates as they’ve tried to gain support for them. But not all charter schools provide a good education and a leading charter school advocate is the first to admit that. In fact, he’s now pushing for states to close more charter schools. Greg Richmond is the director of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He says up to 1,300 charter schools in the country are failing their students, including a few in North Carolina.

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Local News
10:52 am
Fri November 30, 2012

New Cyberbullying Law Draws Praise From Teachers, Concern From The ACLU

A new cyberbullying law goes into effect December 1 in North Carolina. It’s called the 2012 School Violence Protection Act, and it makes it a crime for students to post anything online with the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee. It unanimously passed the state Senate and fell just a vote short of that in the House.

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Local News
11:02 am
Thu November 29, 2012

UNC Charlotte Student Government Discusses Gender-Neutral Housing

UNC Charlotte student Anthony Dondero in front of the student union.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

UNC Charlotte’s Student Government Association is meeting November 29 to discuss gender-neutral housing. The proposal would ask school administrators to allow students to choose roommates of the opposite sex. The student group Campus Allies has been working for more than a year to get gender neutral housing at UNCC. Anthony Dondero is a transgendered member of the group. He chose to live off campus.

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Local News
10:28 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Athletic Department Insider Says UNC Tolerated Cheating

There are new allegations in the academic scandal in the UNC-Chapel Hill athletic department. UNC’s football team is already on NCAA probation, in part for improper help players got from a tutor. Now, a former academic support counselor named Mary Willingham has come forward with allegations that numerous people in her department knew there were problems, but looked the other way. In some cases, athletes were so far behind that academic success was almost impossible--- she says some had never read a book and didn’t know what a paragraph was.

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Local News
9:57 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Storm Surges Wreck Only Highway Off Hatteras Island

N.C. Highway 12 after Superstorm Sandy wrecked sandbag structures built to protect it
N.C. Deparment of Transportation

In the outer banks, storm surges are destroying parts of the one highway onto and off of Hatteras Island. That’s despite massive sandbag structures the state Department of Transportation built a few years ago along the most battered section of N.C. Highway 12. The structures are covered to look like dunes, and they’re 20 feet wide, six feet tall and stretch for almost a half-mile. 

But Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the sandbags.

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