Kevin Kniestedt

Morning Edition Host

Kevin Kniestedt became the host of Morning Edition on WFAE in September of 2013. Prior to that, he spent twelve years in public radio in Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane, Washington, where you could find him on the air just about any random hour of the day. Kevin has spent time hosting both news and music, has interviewed the likes of Dr. John, Chick Corea, and Branford Marsalis, and has authored the list 1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die. Kevin is also a huge sports fan, loves a good film festival, and can often be found indulging on a massive plate of nachos.


Local News
12:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Higher Gas Prices Not Keeping Drivers Off The Roads This Weekend

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An increased number of holiday travelers are expected to take to the roads this weekend, despite gas prices being significantly higher than they have been during previous Fourth of July weekends.

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Local News
10:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft

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The NBA draft was Thursday night. As WFAE’s Kevin Kniestedt explains, the Charlotte Hornets did well to fill some glaring holes in their roster.

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7:28 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Blues Musician Shares His Passion For Louisiana Music And Wetlands

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Guitarist and vocalist Tab Benoit has received numerous awards in the music industry, including twice winning the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, which is considered by many the highest award in blues music, twice.

But Tab Benoit has also made a name for himself for his efforts in bringing awareness to the deteriorating Louisiana coastal wetlands.

Tab Benoit joined us to talk about his music and his environmental efforts.

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Local News
12:42 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

CMPD Police Major Discusses Reasons For Officer Body Cameras

Back in April, the Charlotte City Council voted to allow the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to purchase new body cameras for some of their police officers. While CMPD is still deciding exactly what types of body cams they want to buy, they are confident that the new equipment will help better serve both the public and police officers. This morning we were joined by CMPD Major Steve Willis to talk about the departments’ decision to start using these body cameras and how he sees them helping.

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9:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

'You Can Do It!' Comedian Rob Schneider Brings Revived Stand Up Act To Charlotte

Comedian Rob Schneider is probably best known for his characters on Saturday Night Live like the Copy Machine Guy, or from movies like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, but he got his start in stand-up comedy, and he has recently returned to his roots. He’ll be performing at The Comedy Zone this weekend  in Charlotte. He spoke to WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt.

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Local News
9:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer

A haze camera run by Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environment Services.
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About a month into this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers are keeping up last year’s torrid pace. One bill currently making its way through contains dozens of changes to state laws from A to V. That’s Air Quality to Venomous Reptiles.

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Local News
11:22 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Expect Busier Memorial Weekend Traffic

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A larger than normal number of motorists in North Carolina will be taking to the roads this holiday weekend, despite much higher gas prices than this time last year.

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Local News
10:23 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Reporters Discuss Investigation Of State Medical Examiners Not Doing Their Job

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This week, a Charlotte Observer investigation finds that medical examiners in much of the state are failing at their jobs. In some cases, they are reaching wrong conclusion on the causes of death, and in many cases – they just aren’t diligent. The Observer found thousands of cases in which examiners regularly close cases without following recommended practices. This series is called Fatally Flawed, and two of the reporters for this series, Ames Alexander and Fred Clasen-Kelly joined us.

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Local News
6:45 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket

Lawmakers will return to the state capitol in Raleigh for the General Assembly's short session.
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Lawmakers are back in Raleigh today for the start of the General Assembly’s short session. And they’re not letting the short time frame keep them from tackling major changes. Republican leaders are considering more tax cuts, how to boost teacher pay, handle coal ash, whether to continue incentives for film, and much more. WFAE’s Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what to expect. 

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10:29 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Panthers Go 'Big' With First Round NFL Draft Pick

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The NFL completed the first round of their draft last night. And, the Carolina Panthers made a “big” pick.

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