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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Greg, Lisa, and Tom discuss the March 15th primary, House Speaker Tim Moore's call for a special session to strike down the bathroom provision in Charlotte's updated non-discrimination ordinance, and a $1 million fine for UNC-Chapel Hill because it accepted too many out-of-state students.

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The headline says it all: It's been a crazy week for politics in the Carolinas. Greg, Lisa, and Tom discuss it.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is happy with how linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Jared Allen are looking in practice. Both are key players recovering from injuries.

Justin Sullivan leaves court in a file photo from February 2016.
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Federal and state indictments announced Monday shed more light on a case involving a 19-year-old Morganton man arrested last on summer on terrorism-related charges. The mass attack that Justin Sullivan planned never occurred, but state and federal authorities say Sullivan had already killed and robbed an elderly neighbor several months earlier to help finance his plans.

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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. Plus, the debate over expansion of Charlotte's non-discrimination...

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. Lisa, Greg, and Tom discuss the teaching method and some of the shoddy reporting by other media outlets that followed up on her story. Speaking of Project LIFT, it's board this week had its only public...

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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...

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