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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Common sense tells you that our politics are polarized. In fact, so does the use of "common sense." Reporter Tom Bullock discusses a story he produced on the topic that's both entertaining and informative.

Reporter Michael Tomsic spent time in Winston-Salem this week covering the voter ID trial. He'll discuss how arguments inside the courtroom are different than the public relations spin by groups on both sides of the debate.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says focused on national security and immigration yesterday during a stop in Fort Mill, SC.

Cruz said he would stop illegal immigration as president. Among his strategies: Force “sanctuary” cities to take a financial hit.

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Lisa Worf first reported in November on a new teaching method called No Nonsense Nurturing that's being utilized at Project LIFT schools in CMS. This week, No Nonsense Nurturing became the subject of intense national attention after NPR aired a version of Lisa's story on Weekend Edition Sunday.

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If you spend any time on our roads, you know they can be an unpleasant experience. There’s annoying traffic, potholes, and frustration with other drivers – and that’s whether you’re a motorist or a cyclist.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has recommended several changes to state law that aim to improve safety for cyclists and motorists as they share the road.

But some of the recommendations show the schism that exists between transportation officials and cycling groups.

Legendary basketball entertainer Meadowlark Lemon, who grew up in Wilmington, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 83.

Lemon achieved worldwide fame with the Harlem Globetrotters. He was known for his half-court hook shoots and trick passes – and his comedy on the court, earning the title "Clown Prince of Basketball."

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The NFL today suspended Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for one game. Beckham’s behavior in Sunday’s game against the Panthers has been under much scrutiny, particularly for launching at the head of Panthers defensive back Josh Norman.

In a press conference Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t enter the debate over appropriate punishment. He simply said it’s up to the NFL.

Meanwhile, Rivera indicated his philosophy in the debate over whether to rest key players to avoid injury heading into the playoffs.

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In this edition of WFAE Talks, Greg, Lisa and Tom discuss Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts’ promises, the CMS student-assignment debate, and Tom’s upcoming story about Muslim life in Charlotte.

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Envision these scenarios for the 2016 election: Americans for Prosperity coordinates campaign strategies with Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign. Or, Moveon.org does the same thing for the campaign of his likely Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper.

While such coordination is prohibited on the federal level, a recent ruling by the North Carolina

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If you care about the debate over Syrian refugees and what's happening in Syria, you will want to listen to this episode. Tom Bullock discusses his reporting on the debate, and his experience as a journalist in Syria. He was part of a NPR team that interviewed Syria President Bashar al-Assad. We’ve also posted pictures Tom took of Syrian monuments, some which have since been destroyed by ISIS.

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Republicans held the Charlotte mayor's seat for 22 straight years. That run ended in 2009. As the city's Democratic and unaffiliated voter rolls grow, do Republicans have a chance at winning the seat again?

Plus, Sarah Delia discusses her interview with musician Ben Folds. And our newest reporter is...well, you'll have to listen to find out.

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