Nick de la Canal

Reporting Intern

Nick is a student at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where he’s expected to graduate in June 2015 with a B.S. in journalism. He grew up in Charlotte listening to WFAE, and he previously interned for Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins in the summer of 2013.

Nick has received four Associated Press-RTDNA awards for his work in audio journalism, which includes his continuing coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

Nick enjoys art, theater, and Werther’s original hard candies.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Goodwill Unveils Plans For $20 Million Charlotte Campus

David Haggart, co-chair of the Goodwill Opportunity Campus Capital Campaign, greets guests at the future site of the campus.
Credit Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill is announcing plans for a $20 million campus near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The campus will serve as Goodwill’s new regional headquarters and provide job training and social welfare programs.


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10:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Historic "Hunger Games" Village Overrun With Visitors and Vandals

At one point, all the doors in the village were screwed shut and the windows boarded, but visitors and tourists have forced doors open and smashed in windows.
Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Henry River Mill Village is a historic cotton mill company town built in the early 1900s about an hour outside of Charlotte. Historians have hailed it as one of Burke County’s most historically intact examples of a small company village that fueled the Industrial Revolution. But a new generation is becoming fascinated with the village for another reason: its role as District 12 in the 2012 blockbuster film, the Hunger Games.

Today, tourists are flocking to see a piece of film history, and while it’s given a boost to the county’s tourism industry, not everyone is happy with all the attention.


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Local News
8:40 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Hoop Bliss: Finding Spirituality Through Hula Hoops

Credit Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Think back to the last time you picked up a hula hoop. Probably not since you could write your age with a single digit, right?

Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Spin Revolution is a Charlotte-based group that promotes serious hooping for all ages. Every week, the small group meets in the back of a photography studio near uptown to practice their craft, and what may seem like a silly plastic toy, gives some hoopers a feeling of spirituality.


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Local News
6:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

I-77 Toll Lane Debate Gets More Intense

Mary Lou Richardson, a member of Widen I-77, wears an anti-tolling button at the group's meeting on Thursday, July 24.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

 If driving down I-77 is part of your daily commute, you’ll probably agree a solution is needed for the growing congestion on the interstate. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation intends to add toll lanes to ease traffic and potentially provide the state with extra income. But as the plan enters its final stages, the state is experiencing some significant pushback.


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Local News
11:15 am
Thu July 24, 2014

NCDOT Defends I-77 Toll Lanes, But Key Questions Remain Unanswered

A graphic from a 2012 study commissioned by NCDOT shows congestion during the morning hours between WT Harris Boulevard and Gilead Road. NCDOT is proposing toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville.
Credit Stantec/NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is hoping to relieve congestion on I-77 by adding two toll lanes. NCDOT officials came to the Charlotte Chamber Wednesday to talk up the project, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there are still basic questions that haven’t been answered.

  DOT officials made a hard sell to the Regional Transportation Committee Wednesday for adding toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville on I-77.

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Local News
10:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

York County vs Evangelicals: The Battle Over 'Heritage USA' Ruins

The Heritage Tower, one of the few lasting symbols of the religious theme park built by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in 1980s, still stands unfinished in Fort Mill, SC.
Credit IllicitOhio.com

If you’ve been in the area long enough, you’ll remember Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, the televangelists who built a sprawling religious theme park in Fort Mill in the 1980s. A scandal led to the park closing its doors. Now, a new evangelical ministry is hoping to restore parts of the old theme park, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there’s a fear that history may repeat itself.


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4:52 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Clergy Abuse Survivors Ask Charlotte Diocese For More Outreach

Interior of the Diocese of Charlotte.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

A group of clergy abuse survivors is criticizing the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte for its handling of sexual abuse cases. This comes on the heels of a meeting between Pope Francis and abuse survivors yesterday, and the recent dismissal of criminal and civil sexual assault cases in the Charlotte Diocese.


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8:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Forbidden Fireworks: To Get The Good Stuff, Head To South Carolina

Credit Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Fireworks will light the Charlotte skyline tonight in what’s billed as the southeast’s largest fireworks show. There will also be plenty of unofficial fireworks displays on rooftops and in backyards across the region. It’s not legal to buy aerial explosives in North Carolina, so to get the good stuff, North Carolinians are streaming across the border this week.


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5:46 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

More Roadblocks For Charlotte-Mooresville Commuter Rail

Norfolk Southern freight train locomotive.
Credit Wiki Commons

Correction: This story includes a correction. The original reported the wrong number of freight trains on Norfolk-Southern's line between Charlotte and Mooresville. 

The planned Red Line commuter rail between Charlotte and Mooresville is getting dealt a major setback. Charlotte had arrangements to share existing tracks with the Norfolk Southern Railway Company, but that’s no longer the case.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Couple Thousand CMS 3rd Graders Begin Mandatory Reading Camps

Ms. Tyler's summer reading camp at Hidden Valley Elementary School analyzes the book "Miss Nelson is Missing." The class meets six hours a day, four days a week.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Third graders in North Carolina who aren’t reading at grade level started summer reading camps this week. It’s part of the new third grade reading law. Last year state officials predicted 60 percent of all third-graders would have to enroll in the camps, but in reality, that number is much lower.


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