Greg Collard

News Director

Greg has been with WFAE since 2008, all as news director. He came to WFAE from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. In his eight years there, Greg had roles as a reporter, editor and producer. He was the executive producer of a television newsmagazine and news director for radio and television when he decided to head south for Charlotte.

He thanks Giles Snyder, now a familiar voice at NPR, for hiring him for his first job in public radio after stints at newspapers in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

If he’s not working, chances are Greg is fishing or paying attention to sports. He usually has a fishing pole in his car because, well, you never know when or where the fish are biting. He likes to spend his summer weekends and evenings fishing on Lake Norman.

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WFAE Talks
9:36 am
Sat December 20, 2014

WFAE Talks First Amendment, Tax Breaks For Cognizant, Holiday Deadlines

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What are the free speech rights of public employees? Lisa Worf discusses her story that examines the firing of a Charlotte fire investigator over a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson riots. Another WFAE story that received a lot of attention this week is Ben Bradford's piece on the state giving tax breaks to the outsourcing company Cognizant.

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Sports
5:48 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Newton Setback Another Example Of 'Tough Year,' Rivera Says

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera made it official Wednesday that backup quarterback Derek Anderson is starting Sunday.

Of course, the announcement came as no surprise with Newton suffering two fractures in his lower back Tuesday in an uptown wreck.

Coach Ron Rivera says it just another thing to add to the list of what’s gone wrong for the Panthers this year – problems that go beyond the team’s losing record, such as the domestic violence charges and deactivation of star defensive end Greg Hardy.

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WFAE Talks
10:19 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

WFAE Talks Arts Reporting And U.S. History Education

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WFAE's new - and first - arts reporter joins this week's program. She's Sarah Delia. Sarah talks a little about herself and discusses her plans for the arts beat. Also, education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the debate over the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course.

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Local News
4:55 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NC Gets Share Of Multi-State Sirius XM Settlement

If you’ve had problems with Sirius XM radio’s customer service, this bit of news might make you happy. The company has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle complaints brought by most of the country’s attorneys general. North Carolina will get a slice of that money.  Greg Collard reports.

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WFAE Talks
2:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Political Tiffs And The Golden Nut

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Commissioner Pat Cotham wants to head the Mecklenburg County Commission again one year after her colleagues ousted her from the role. She believes the election results show people want her in charge, although it appears unlikely to happen. Greg, Lisa, and Ben also discuss why CMS board Chairwoman Mary McCray went out of her way to make clear that only one member of the board wanted former Superintendent Heath Morrison to keep his job. Plus, the intense competition for what's called the Golden Nut Award.

Local News
4:46 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Homeless Runners Among Thunder Road Competitors

About 7,000 people are expected uptown Saturday morning to compete in the Thunder Road Marathon, half-marathon and 5K. A handful of them will represent a homeless  runners program.

It’s been nearly three years since the Urban Ministry launched its RunningWorks program. The participants are homeless or have been in and out of homelessness. They meet a few days a week to run and attend mandatory life skills sessions.

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WFAE Talks
5:39 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

WFAE Talks Heath Morrison Resignation, Patrick Cannon's Discounted Vote, Election Results

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The election was big. No surprise there. But the resignation of CMS superintendent Heath Morrison and more legal trouble for former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon were certainly unexpected. News Director Greg Collard, and reporters Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss in this week's WFAE Talks.

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WFAE Talks
5:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

WFAE Talks: Politics And Rollercoasters

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North Carolina's U.S. Senate race has been judged to be the most negative race in the country. Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss that race. The gang also discuss rollercoasters, a conversation inspired by Lisa's behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Fury 325 at Carowinds.

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WFAE Talks
2:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WFAE Talks: Patrick Cannon, Charter School Profits, Airport Control

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the sentencing of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon and his request for leniency. They also discuss the different ways a businessman appears to benefit from four charter schools that are run by his for-profit management company. His personal and business relationships with the schools were the focus of this ProPublica story. Plus, the continuing squabble over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

WFAE Talks
3:11 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

WFAE Talks: College of Faith Football, Grading Scale Changes, 3rd-Grade Reading

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This week, Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey joins the WFAE Talks crew. Wendy, News Director Greg Collard and education reporter Lisa Worf discuss College of Faith. It's an online school in Charlotte that offers two degrees and college football, although it has yet to score against an NCAA school since opening last season.

They also discuss a new 10-point grading scale taking effect for incoming high school freshmen next year, and 3rd-grade reading results under North Carolina's Read To Achieve law. And yes, there's more on this week's show. Just listen to find out!

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