Michael Falero

Reporter

Michael Falero is a radio producer and Charlotte native. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he worked as a producer for a number of local news podcasts based in Charlotte and Boston. He's a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop intensive on Cape Cod and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has also aired on WCAI, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix.

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Gov. Roy Cooper called on the General Assembly on Tuesday to expand grants for students at community colleges and universities who face acute financial difficulties.

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Charlotte-based Truist Financial Corp. unveiled its new logo Monday. The new bank, which is a merger between BB&T and SunTrust banks, will now feature a dark purple background with two sideways Ts inside a square.

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The federal government’s leading atmospheric research agency published data this week showing 2019 was North Carolina’s hottest year on record.

New Panthers Head Coach Matt Rhule speaks at his introduction on Jan. 8, 2020
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After Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper fired former Head Coach Ron Rivera in December, he said he was leaning toward hiring a coach with NFL experience. But after Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney interviewed Rhule at his home in Waco, Texas, they decided Rhule – a college coach - might be the best fit.

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Updated Jan. 2. 

 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a suspect in the Dec. 28 Concord Mills shooting that killed 13-year-old Avenanna Propst and injured two other teenagers.

Charlotte attorney and civil rights activist, Charles Jones, 80, at his west Charlotte home.
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Local civil rights leader Charles Jones died this week at the age of 82.

Scouts with Girl Troop 58 and younger girls in Den 11 pose for a photo together.
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Earlier this year, Boy Scouts rebranded as Scouts BSA and allowed girls to join. WFAE visited one of the first girl troops in the region to see how their first year of scouting has gone.

Western trailhead of the Antiquity Greenway, featuring a Carolina Thread Trail "lollipop sign"
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A new greenway stretches behind the homes and shops of the Antiquity neighborhood in Cornelius. At the trailhead is a large, elevated walkway that slopes down to a paved, half-mile trail. Eileen Hume and her husband, Darin, were taking a morning walk on the trail recently.

“We kind of watched them build this, and this is absolutely beautiful, but I’m not for sure the official name of it. But it is lovely," Hume said.

CATS lost about $3.2 million in state funding for public transit in the new state budget.
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A dedicated bus-and-bike lane is opening on Fourth Street in uptown Monday, Dec. 16. The pilot project is a partnership between CATS and the Charlotte Department of Transportation. Speaking on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, CATS CEO John Lewis said the pilot is meant to improve travel times for buses.

The Siloam School building
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A historic Jim Crow-era school building that educated African American children has received a large donation for its transformation into a museum exhibit.

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A new report says North Carolina had the fourth highest budget cuts in the country over the last decade when it comes to environmental protection.

A line of customers waits Dec. 4, 2019, outside the new Lidl on Monroe Road in southeast Charlotte
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The German supermarket chain Lidl opened its first store in Charlotte on Wednesday morning. The opening is part of a trend of more discount supermarket chains in Charlotte.

Poster showing "Single Span" design at the City's Nov. 21 Rail Trail Bridge meeting
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City planners unveiled two designs for the I-277 Rail Trail bridge at a public meeting Thursday night. The bridge would provide an important connection for pedestrians and cyclists between South End and uptown, and would run parallel to the Blue Line.

 

Little Sugar Creek Greenway at Brandywine Road, with flags marking the start of the new segment
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The City of Charlotte has started construction on a new section of greenway. It’s part of a larger plan for a network of greenways called the Cross Charlotte Trail that will go from the South Carolina border to Cabarrus County. The project had a significant funding shortfall earlier this year, but it’s now back on track.

Sheriff Garry McFadden speaks to inmates at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center on November 21st
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Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden hosted an event Thursday in which the guests of honor were former inmates of the Mecklenburg County Detention Center. The event was intended to destigmatize personal trauma among inmates. 

Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz
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Retired UNC Charlotte professor and Holocaust survivor Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz died Sunday at the age of 97. She was remembered as a pioneering intellectual who used her concentration camp experience to speak out against violent extremism.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera speaks at a press conference after the team's Nov. 17th loss against the Falcons
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Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Sunday's disappointing performance by quarterback Kyle Allen does not mean that backup Will Grier is going to get more consideration for playing time. Rivera says the team remains committed to developing Allen.

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The price of insulin has risen about 300% in the last decade, prompting some who suffer from diabetes to ration their doses. Community organizers at a Thursday news conference at Mecklenburg County Health Department called on state and federal lawmakers to regulate the cost of insulin.

Teachers at Oaklawn Language Academy near uptown Charlotte protest before school Wednesday morning
Michael Falero / WFAE

Teachers in many schools across North Carolina staged protests Wednesday morning outside their schools in response to deadlocked negotiations between state lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper over educator pay raises.

Cycling enthusiast Stephanie Bercht stands in front of the Uptown Cycle Track at the intersection of East Sixth and North Davidson streets.
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Cyclists would love to not worry about being hit by vehicles. And drivers would love to not worry about hitting cyclists. Charlotte planners believe a protected bike lane project will make everyone happier and safer on uptown's roads.

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