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
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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Local News
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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Local News
8:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

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

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Local News
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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4:14 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Against The Odds, 5 Young Latinas Graduate High School And 'Circle de Luz'

Gabby is one of the first five young women to graduate from Circle de Luz, a program founded in 2008 to help young Latinas through middle and high school.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Six years ago, a group of young women were picked to take part in a special program. The girls were all in the seventh grade, all were Latinas, and all were deemed to be at risk of dropping out of school or becoming pregnant. The program is run by a volunteer group called Circle de Luz. And last week the group – and the young women they mentored – had reason to celebrate

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Local News
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Fighting Opiate Deaths: Program Distributes Overdose-Reversal Drug In NC

Sterile needles, cotton swabs, and overdose-reversal kits from NC Harm Reduction Coalition.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

The number of unintentional deaths from opiate overdoses in North Carolina has more than tripled from 1999 to 2012, when there were more than 600 reported deaths. Last year, state lawmakers attempted to address the growing problem with legislation that makes it easier for drug users to obtain an overdose-reversal drug called naloxone, or Narcan. WFAE’s Nick de la Canal takes a look at how that drug is being distributed and used to prevent overdose deaths.

Last November, Louise Vincent and Adam Wigglesworth visited some friends in Greensboro.

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Local News
10:28 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Cabarrus County Unexpectedly Cuts $3 Million From Budget

The Cabarrus County Commission unexpectedly made $3 million in cuts to the county budget Monday night. The cuts eliminate several jobs and all county funding for an economic development agency.


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