Greg Collard

News Director

In August of 2008, Greg Collard took Interstate 77 - also known as the Hillbilly Highway - down to Charlotte and WFAE.

He came to us from West Virginia, where he spent eight years at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, including four as news director.

Greg has also worked at newspapers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. Greg is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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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!

WFAE Talks
8:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Challenge, Enrollment Problems, Conspiracy Theories

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Reporter Michael Tomsic tells Greg, Lisa and Ben how arguments have evolved in the federal lawsuit over the overhaul to North Carolina's voting law. The group also discusses the consequences of the state's failure to accurately predict CMS enrollment, and why conspiracy theories thrive despite scientific evidence that proves them wrong.

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