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.

A line of customers wait outside the new Lidl on Monroe Road in South 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.

insulin vials
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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
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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.

Memorial Wall at UNC Charlotte's New Veterans Park
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UNC Charlotte unveiled a new park dedicated to veterans on its campus Monday. The idea came from a UNC Charlotte alumnus who is a veteran.

Kerr Putney
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have a new policy detailing how officers should de-escalate and avoid using force. The new policy includes a written definition of “de-escalation.” CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says that’s new, but the idea itself isn’t.

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Voters around the Charlotte region head to the polls today to pick the leaders of local cities, towns and the second largest school district in North Carolina. And in Mecklenburg County, voters are also being asked to decide on a quarter-cent sales tax to benefit arts, parks and greenways and education.

Panthers
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Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Kyle Allen will remain the starter for at least another week to give Cam Newton more time to recover from a foot injury.

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The Drug Enforcement Agency will allow people to recycle unwanted electronic cigarette and other vaping devices this Saturday. It’s the first time the DEA will accept the devices as part of its Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event will take place on Saturday Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at sites across the country.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department announced Thursday that it has charged a 68-year-old South Carolina man in connection with a sexual assault cold case from 1991 thanks to DNA evidence.

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Charlotte has updated its rules for how developers can plant trees in the city’s most urban areas.

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Matthews police said they have charged a driver with first-degree murder for a hit-and-run Monday that killed a 79-year-old woman. Vira Nahorna died after she was struck by a vehicle outside the Aldi supermarket in Matthews.

The tree ordinance changes would affect tree placement in most of uptown Charlotte
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Charlotte City Council members will decide Monday night whether to change rules for how developers can place trees in the city’s most urban areas. City planners say the proposed change is small, but some citizens are concerned that it doesn’t do enough to meet Charlotte’s tree canopy goals.

Chimney Swift recovering at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
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More than 300 migrating chimney swift birds hit the windows of the NASCAR Hall of Fame around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. Many of them have died, and it's unclear what caused them to strike the building.

A Wood Thrush bird
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A new report says two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk of extinction or loss of habitat due to rising global temperatures. The report from the Audubon Society outlines the potential impact if temperatures rise by three different scenarios: 1.5, 2, and 3 degrees Celsius. 

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