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 weekends and summer evenings bass fishing the chain of lakes on the Catawba and Yadkin rivers.

Ways to Connect

Charlotte School of Law

The Charlotte School of Law has drawn scrutiny in part because of the low percentage of students who have passed the state bar in the last few years. It has consistently had the lowest pass rate in North Carolina, and ranks among the worst in the country.

Legislation that transfers power to the incoming superintendent of Public Instruction is on hold. The North Carolina Board of Education filed a lawsuit Thursday to invalidate that legislation. It was scheduled to become law Sunday, but a Wake County judge will hold a hearing on the lawsuit next Friday before deciding whether the law can take effect.

Before we get too far into the weeds, here’s something you need to know: The superintendent of Public Instruction is not the head of the Department of Public Instruction. The state Board of Education is in charge.

Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign and its supporters have filed a lot of complaints about the election. There are complaints about the counting of absentee ballots, complaints about voting machines, complaints about how election workers did their jobs. And then there are complaints that name specific voters targeted for removal from the voting record. These voters are accused of being convicted felons ineligible to vote, similar to what our own former Mayor Patrick Cannon did a few years ago.  

This week, WFAE’s Lisa Worf has taken listeners through the process of seeking a court order to compel Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to release video of a police shooting. (Here's the story that aired before our court hearing, and here's the story that aired after the hearing).

As WFAE's Michael Tomsic reported in this story on an NAACP federal lawsuit, a lot of personal information is available through the state Board of Elections website.

"We are to our knowledge, from every state we have checked, we have been the easiest to access information,” says Josh Lawson, the general counsel for the state Board of Elections. “We’re talking about a centralized repository where more than 6.7 million people have addresses listed online."

Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Updated Friday, 4:30 a.m.
The family of Keith Scott wants the public to see videos of Scott being shot and killed by police Tuesday.  Members of the Scott family viewed dash-cam and body camera videos of the shooting Thursday. 

The family's lawyers issued a statement afterward, saying the videos raise more questions than answers. They say it’s impossible to tell from the videos, "what, if anything," Scott was holding when officer Brentley Vinson shot him in an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte.

David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

One of the mysteries surrounding the shooting death of a deaf man nearly two weeks ago involved the police chase before he died.

Radio traffic of the pursuit indicates the chase of Daniel Harris, 29, reached a speed of 100 mph. Trooper Jermaine Saunders gave a dispatcher an ongoing account of the chase on I-485. He reported speeds of 88, 100, and 90 mph before taking the Rocky River Road exit in Northeast Charlotte.

Once again, a federal court has ruled that North Carolina Republican lawmakers unconstitutionally used race in their decision-making. 

Tom Bullock stayed through the end of this past week's Charlotte City Council meeting, and he (and his editor) are glad he did as a surprise debate unfolded. Tom also discusses his preparations for interviewing Diane Rehm, while Lisa Worf discusses legislation that's giving many colleges angst.

Environmental reporter David Boraks joins WFAE Talks for the first time. He talks about the dispute between Tesla Motors and Charlotte-area dealerships. The dealerships say Tesla cars can be sold in Charlotte, as long as dealers sell them. Tesla wants to having its own car lot and sell directly to the public, but many state laws across the country protect dealers from that kind of competition.

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