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
10:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin Discusses Obama's Extension Of Canceled Health Policies

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin

By now you probably know that President Obama has offered a temporary fix for people whose health insurance companies have canceled their policies because they didn’t meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act. You can keep your policies for another year if insurance companies are willing to still offer the plans, and if state insurance regulators are OK with it. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says he is. He joined President Obama and other insurance commissioners at the White House this week, and he joined WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt on Morning Edition.

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10:23 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Panthers Suddenly In National Spotlight, Playoff Hunt

Credit Carolina Panthers - Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez

What a difference five games can make. The Carolina Panthers started the season 1-3 and many were calling for the firing of coach Ron Rivera. Now, after winning five games in a row, the team is poised to make a playoff run. It's safe to say that tonight's Monday Night Football game against the Patriots is the hottest ticket in town.

Charlotte Observer Sports Columnist Tom Sorensen joined us to discuss the turnaround for the Panthers.

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Local News
9:24 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Wall Street-Backed Landlords Evicting Quickly In Charlotte

Eviction notice.
Credit Tim Patterson / Flickr

There are new players in Charlotte’s housing rental market. Big corporations have been on a spree over the last year, buying up over 2,200 homes. The Charlotte Observer marked that trend several months ago, and now it is reporting on a new trend. These corporations are quick to evict. Reporter Andrew Dunn joined us to talk about this.

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Local News
5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Gun Advocacy Group Turns Focus To 'No Gun' Restaurants

A sign posted at The Smokin' Cue in Charlotte
Credit Kevin Kniestedt

A controversial gun law took effect on October 1. It lets people with concealed permits carry their handgun into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol…as long as they don’t drink any. Owners of restaurants and bars that don’t want guns in their business must post a sign.

And those who have posted signs have drawn the ire of the gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina.

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7:20 am
Fri November 8, 2013

WFAE Says Goodbye To Reporter Julie Rose

WFAE's Julie Rose.

At WFAE, we don't typically make our stories about our reporters. But in this case, we decided to make an exception.

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11:16 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Kat Robichaud Brings 'The Music In Her' To 'The Voice'

If you watch the popular reality television singing competition, The Voice, on NBC, you may be familiar with the voice of Kat Robichaud. She's got a lots of music in her. The Concord, North Carolina native is competing to win $100,000 and a record deal. She joined us from Los Angeles by phone.

Listen to the interview.

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Local News
9:50 am
Thu October 31, 2013

'We Have To Protect' County Manager Applicants, Cotham Says

Pat Cotham

Four Mecklenburg County Commissioners will be reviewing the applicants for the new county manager.

It's only four because the other five commissioners are locked out of the process. The board voted 6-3 recently to limit the number of commissioners who can see the applications until finalists are chosen.

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Local News
9:59 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Reporter Discusses Stories On Wealth Of Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick

The house that Pastor Steven Furtick is building in Waxhaw.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte’s Elevation Church has had a dramatic rise from just a handful of families in 2005 to more than 12,000 members spread over eight locations today.

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11:06 am
Wed October 16, 2013

A Preview Of The Bobcats' Season With Tom Sorensen

The Charlotte Bobcats regular season gets kicked off on October 30, and the team is looking again to rebound from a disappointing year. This is also the last year before the team reclaims their name as the Hornets, and they are hoping that some new player and coaching additions mean success in their last year as the Bobcats. Tom Sorensen, sports columnist for the Charlotte Observer joined me in studio with a look ahead at the upcoming season.

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Local News
12:09 am
Fri October 11, 2013

How Changes To Response Of Medicaid Audit Fit McCrory’s Message

Mark Payne, Chief Compliance Officer at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos answer questions during a day-long hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh on Tuesday.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been under fire this week. On Tuesday, the department's secretary received a day-long grilling in legislative committee hearings. That same day, the website North Carolina Health News reported that the McCrory administration and the department had done some extra spin to make the state's Medicaid program look particularly broken.

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