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.

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Local News
8:53 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise

Blue Cross set up a tent at a NASCAR race to sign people up for health insurance through the new online exchange.
Credit Michael Tomsic

North Carolina's largest health insurance company says enrollment through the new exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act missed expectations, and that means premiums on the exchange will likely rise.


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Local News
11:43 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Looking Ahead To The General Election With Michael Bitzer

It’s House Speaker Thom Tillis versus incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in the general election. Tillis cruised to victory in the Republican primary, winning about 45 percent of the vote in the 8-person race. Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer joined us to talk about this race and other observations from the primary results.

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Local News
1:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

What's the Likelihood of Teacher Raises This Year?

Teachers push state lawmakers for a pay raise during the Moral Monday protest in Charlotte last year.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Raising teacher salaries is something Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers have agreed is a priority this year. The plan is to boost base pay to $35,000 over two years for teachers in their first ten years on the job. That amounts to raises of $500 to $4,200.  But as legislators begin crafting a budget, they say there may not be enough money to do all of that. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins me now to discuss the likelihood of teacher raises this year. 


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Local News
10:36 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates In The Home Stretch For Primary Next Week

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Primary election day is this upcoming Tuesday, May 6, so today we discussed it with our political science professor, Michael Bitzer of Catawba College who also writes for our political blog the Party Line.

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Education
9:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

An Explanation Of UNC's New 'Context Grading'

Beginning next fall, student transcripts are going to look a lot different at UNC-Chapel Hill. They will still include the grades for each class and the overall GPA, but the transcripts will also show the median grade for the class and how the grade ranks. The idea is that this will discourage students from seeking easy classes to boost their grades, and will reward students who do excellent work in more difficult classes. Sociology Professor Andrew Perrin heads the committee that approved this change, and he joined us this morning.

Listen to the story.

Around the Nation
4:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In

Archaeologist Chester DePratter stands by the site of Camp Asylum, a Civil War-era prison, in Columbia, S.C. The site will soon be cleared to make room for a mixed-use development.
Susanne Schafer AP

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 9:52 am

About a dozen archaeologists in downtown Columbia, S.C., are focused on a 165-acre sliver of land that was a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. Last summer, the property was sold, and the group is trying to recover artifacts before a developer builds condos and shops there.

"We're out here to salvage what we can in advance of that development," says Chester DePratter, a University of South Carolina archaeologist. Time is running out: DePratter and his team have a permit to excavate until April 30.

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Sports
9:49 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Bobcats Should Be Happy With Progress Regardless Of What Happens In Playoffs

The Charlotte Bobcats wrapped up their regular season on Wednesday, and on Sunday they head to Miami to take on the Heat in the playoffs. The Bobcats have not beat the Miami Heat since LeBron James joined the team. While their chances of winning this series might not be great, Charlotte Observer sports columnist Tom Sorensen says the team made huge improvements this season and are headed in the right direction. Tom Sorensen joined us this morning, and talked about some of the decisions the team made at the beginning of the season that led to success this year.

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Local News
11:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Transgender Accommodation Policies Big Topic On College Campuses

Andraya Williams
Credit Lisa Miller

In March, a CPCC transgender student was suspended for a day-and-a-half after she used a women’s restroom. She says a security guard told her she needed to use one of the campuses' three gender-neutral bathrooms. The disputed generated a small protest on campus, at which Andraya Williams spoke about the incident.

Andraya Williams speaking on the incident.

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Music
9:42 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Amos Lee 'Giving Back Some Goodness' Through Music

Amos Lee
Credit Harper Lee

Singer songwriter Amos Lee’s music has been described as everything from folk to country to rock to soul.He’s toured with the likes of Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. His latest record is called Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. He’ll be performing at Ovens Auditorium Saturday night and he joined us this morning.

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Arts & Life
9:37 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Comedian Paula Poundstone Makes The Audience The Show

Comedian Paula Poundstone doesn’t just entertain audiences with her stand-up comedy, she includes them. Her routines are often off the cuff and spend a good deal of time interacting with the crowd. She can regularly be heard on NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, tonight she will be at Wingate University, and she joined us this morning.

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