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

At the recent International Collectibles and Antiques Show in Charlotte, N.C., dealers spread out items in different booths. The warehouse looks like an old-school flea market, except for Joy Shivar's booth.

She's on her laptop, demonstrating JustAJoy.com. Enter a name in a database, and see if something hits.

The website bills itself as a family heirloom exchange for sellers and buyers. That's not unusual — there is eBay, after all.

JustaJoy.com

Genealogy has become an industry -- with sites like ancestry.com, and TV shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are?”

But these trace “family lineage.” What about the heirlooms and stories that fill the history of a family tree? A Huntersville woman is trying to make a business out of connecting people to their past.  


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Cities usually have an array of services to combat homelessness. These include shelters, soup kitchens, job assistance programs. But there's a new trend in helping the homeless: running.

Jerry Orr is out as aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Whether he was fired or resigned depends on who you talk to.

Orr’s attorney says he was fired.

City Manager Ron Carlee says Orr resigned yesterday in a letter following final passage of legislation that transfers control of the airport from the city to a regional authority.

The legislation names Orr executive director of the Airport Authority, effective immediately. So Orr informed Carlee that his employment with the city was over.

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There are a lot of services that help the Charlotte area’s homeless population. Shelters, soup kitchens, job assistance programs, showers. Typical stuff, really.

The Urban Ministry Center has branched out. It’s had a soccer program for several years.

And now it has a running program. The idea is that as physical fitness improves, homeless people start accomplishing goals they thought were out of reach. WFAE’s Greg Collard reports.


Foxx Won't Seek A 3rd Term

Apr 5, 2013

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is not running for a third term.

Foxx announced his decision during this interview with WSOC-TV. Foxx says reports that President Obama is considering him as the next Secretary of Transportation has nothing to do with his decision. He said he's been discussing it with his wife for a few months. Foxx said the big reason he’s leaving because he feels he’s accomplished much of what he came into office to do.

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A political reporter for a Raleigh television station is Governor Pat McCory’s new communications director.

Kim Genardo begins her new job Wednesday. She replaces Chris Walker.

As a reporter for WNCN-TV, Genardo covered both of McCrory’s gubernatorial campaigns and his administration. She had a one-on-one interview with him that aired Feb. 12th, and her Twitter feed shows she covered Monday’s State-of-the-State address.

But Genardo says she has integrity and “never spoke to the governor or asked about employment.”

Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer

It appears that Charlotte City Council has chosen its next city manager, at least informally.

The Charlotte Observer reports that council has offered the job to Ron Carlee, a former county manager in Arlington, Virginia. And city spokeswoman Kim McMillan says council plans a vote during Monday’s meeting.

Here’s Carlee speaking at reception earlier Wednesday:

After 126 years, the nation’s oldest sports magazine, Sporting News, is ending its print edition. The Charlotte-based magazine is going all-digital.

Before Sports Illustrated, there was The Sporting News. It was the national authority on baseball. In fact, it was commonly called the Bible of Baseball in the early 20th century.

The Sporting News evolved into more than a baseball publication, but it couldn’t keep up with Sports Illustrated, or ESPN The Magazine.

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The top headline in the October 1st, 1959, Mecklenburg Gazette proclaims “Great Economic Progress is Seen.” A few days earlier, Gov. Luther Hodges visited the Catawba River to set off the first dynamite blast for construction of the Cowan’s Ford Dam – the site of a Revolutionary War battle.

The writer of the story called it the “beginning of a new era in the history of the Catawba River Valley.”

No kidding.

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