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
6:37 am
Tue March 4, 2014

With Charlotte Checked Off, 'Ban The Box' Campaign Will Expand

Nearly all of us have filled out a job application that asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.  Check the box yes, and you need to explain yourself. Well, that’s now a thing of the past for most potential city of Charlotte employees. City Manager Ron Carlee has decided to “ban the box.” We were joined this morning by the man who got this movement started in Charlotte a couple years ago. He’s Jason Huber, a law professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he heads the school’s Civil Rights Clinic.

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3:04 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

In Response To Concerns, NC Democratic Leader Puts Chavis Appointment On Hold

It'’s been a hectic week for the North Carolina Democratic Party, and it has nothing to do with the snow and ice.

It started Sunday (Feb. 9) when party Chairman Randy Voller fired his executive director.

It appeared that Voller was going to appoint former national NAACP Chairman Benjamin Chavis to the position.

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9:25 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Pat Metheny's 'Musical Quest' Far From Over

The Pat Metheny Unity Group

After recording dozens of albums with hundreds of musicians and winning 20 Grammy awards, you might think guitarist Pat Metheny has settled on a particular path he wants to take musically. But over the course of an almost 40 year recording career, he appears to be anything but settled, and his projects seem to be constantly evolving. Pat Metheny performs Friday night in Charlotte.

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Local News
9:44 am
Mon February 10, 2014

No PCB's Found In Second Sewer System Dumping

Officials in Charlotte say materials dumped into the sewer system for the second time within a couple of days did not include PCB’s as originally suspected.

Charlotte officials said yesterday that tests indicated that the substance flowing into Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was ethanol, which is typical of a fuel spill. There is no threat to drinking water. Work crews are inspecting sewer pipes upstream of the Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant where the contamination was found to try locating the source of the problem.

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Local News
6:21 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Coal Ash Spills From Storage Pond At Duke Energy's Dan River Plant

The cracked wastewater pipe outflow at the Dan River.
Appalachian Voices

Engineers with Duke Energy are working to fix a broken drain pipe under a coal ash storage pond in northern North Carolina. As much as 10 percent of the coal ash in the pond may have spilled into the Dan River, just south of the Virginia state line. WFAE's Ben Bradford updates Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt on the situation.

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6:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Ukulele Virtuoso Takes "Bruce Lee" Approach To Music

It’s not all that often that you see a ukulele player performing at sold-out venues, teaming up with the likes of Bette Midler or Bela Fleck, and performing for the Queen of England. But Hawaiian born ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro has done all that and has even been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. He’s performing Monday night at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square and he joined us today.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Found Footage Festival Gives Your Old VHS Tapes A Second Life

The next time you decide to have a garage sale, or donate some old items to the Salvation Army, you may find yourself getting rid of some old VHS tapes that have been collecting dust. While these tapes might be trash to you, they are treasure to Nick Prueher, one of the curators of the Found Footage Festival. The Found Footage Festival showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country, and will be coming to Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theater for a show Friday night. Nick Prueher gives us a little preview.

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Local News
12:06 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Breaking Down A Grand Jury

Credit Lonpicman / Wikimedia Commons

The case of Randall Kerrick has opened up a lot of questions about the grand jury process. Kerrick, of course, is the CMPD officer accused of shooting an unarmed black man ten times. A grand jury indicted him this week on a charge of voluntary manslaughter, but only after a different grand jury refused to indict him last week. Sara Sun Beale, a law professor of Duke University and the author of Grand Jury Law And Practice helps us understand exactly how a grand jury works.

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Local News
9:07 am
Wed January 22, 2014

105 Years Later, We Know The Identity Of This Child Laborer

The original cation Lewis Hine had for this photo was “Rhodes Mfg. Co., Lincolnton, N.C. Spinner. A moment's glimpse of the outer world. Said she was 10 years old. Been working over a year. Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina, November 1908.”
Credit Lewis Hine

You’ve probably seen the work of photographer Lewis Hine. Perhaps his most famous photos are of the construction of the Empire State Building. But more than two decades before taking those pictures, Hine was in the Carolinas documenting child labor abuses in textile mills for the National Child Labor Committee. And one of his most memorable photos was of a little girl in Lincolnton staring out the window of a cotton mill.  Other than being referenced as a cotton mill spinner, the girl was never identified – until now, that is. A historian named Joe Manning has identified the girl, and Mr. Manning joined us from his home in Massachusetts.

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Local News
9:29 am
Fri January 17, 2014

New Rule Allows Fracking Companies To Keep Certain Trade Secrets

A shale gas well in Pennsylvania.
Credit wcn247/flickr

North Carolina is clearing the way for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - the method of drilling that's created a natural gas boom in the United States. State lawmakers have tasked the state Mining and Energy Commission with developing rules to govern the process. Earlier this week the commission voted on what's often considered the "first rule" of fracking - it's called chemical disclosure and it determines what drilling companies have to tell the government about the fluids that get pumped into the ground during the process.

John Murawski is the Raleigh News and Observer's energy reporter. He's been following the commission's work, and he joined us by telephone.

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