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.

Ways To Connect

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For the last month, WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn has been covering jury selection and testimony in the Randall Kerrick trial. She joins Greg Collard and Lisa Worf to discuss the trial and offers some of her behind-the-scenes observations.

It’s often said that it’s healthy to laugh at ourselves. If that’s true, Jim Gaffigan is in great shape. Gaffigan’s observations about his eating habits, lack of physical activity, and life as a married father of five while living in a two-bedroom Manhattan apartment have been mainstays in his standup act. And now he stars in a new sitcom on TVLand called The Jim Gaffigan Show.

Jim Gaffigan performed his standup comedy Saturday night at the Uptown Amphitheater. He spoke to WFAE’s Greg Collard.


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In this episode, the trio of WFAE's Greg Collard, Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss lawmakers' tardiness in approving a state budget and the uncertainty that's giving school districts. The Charlotte area finally meets a federal ozone standard, but probably not for long. Plus, we discuss our upcoming coverage of the Charlotte mayor's race and a package of candidate interviews that we're calling The 15th Floor.


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It's been a very busy week for WFAE's newsroom. The removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds dominated our coverage, but there were other stories. Among them: Mecklenburg County commissioners deciding to leave a Confederate monument alone, and a jobs announcement that turned into a political rally of sorts for lawmakers to expand the economic development incentives program known as JDIG.

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Greg, Lisa and Ben talk Governor McCrory's vetoes of the "Ag-Gag" bill and legislation that lets magistrates opt out of performing same-sex marriages. Charlotte City Council will soon decide whether to pass a local civil rights ordinance. And,  a litte about our new series, Block by Block.

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WFAE's Tom Bullock sits in for both Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford. Tom and News Director Greg Collard discuss the city of Charlotte's $2.25 million settlement with the family of Jonathan Ferrell. He died in September 2013 after police officer Randall Kerrick shot him 10 times. The settlement comes about 2 months before Kerrick goes to trial (July 20) on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Greg and Tom also discuss budget decisions that will soon be made at the local and state levels, plus a legislative attempt to redraw some local election districts.

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a report's findings on the Charlotte Fire Department. Plus, Ben talks about his visit to Duke Energy's coal-fired Marshall Steam Station.

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It was a surreal news week for WFAE's Tom Bullock. At NPR, Tom was Baghdad bureau chief and covered General David Patraeus during his rise to prominence. On Thursday, Tom covered Patraeus in a federal courtroom in Charlotte as he admitted to violating the Espionage Act. He talks about it in this episode of WFAE Talks. Plus, education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the Charter School Advisory Board's decision to recommend approval of several for-profit charter schools. Last year, some lawmakers made it clear they were unhappy the board only approved one for-profit charter school.

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the politics and budgetary effects of a legislative proposal to redistribute the state's sales tax. It would mean less money for Mecklenburg County, but could be a boon to rural areas. Plus, Charlotte's unexpected budget challenge that resulted from a redo of the 2011 property revaluation.

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WFAE reporters Lisa Worf and Gwendolyn Glenn join News Director Greg Collard on this edition of our newsroom podcast.

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