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.

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WNCN

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.

WFAE

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.

Briana Duggan / WFAE

The 9th district congressional seat will remain Republican. Former state Sen. Robert Pittenger defeated Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts 52 to 46 percent. Pittenger will replace Republican Sue Myrick, who is retiring after 18 years in office.

In his victory speech at the Marriott SouthPark, Pittenger spoke of freedoms under attack, “especially the free enterprise system.”

And he pledged that he will work to that system. from the government.

“The greatest anecdote to poverty is the free enterprise system, not the government.”

Some NC Races Decided

Nov 6, 2012
www.PatMcCrory.com

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is now Governor-elect Pat McCory. He gave his victory speech around 9 p.m. shortly after receiving a concession call from Democratic opponent Walter Dalton.

“Our goal was not just to become governor and get elected to this great office. Our goal was to be governor to lead. That’s what we plan to do and we plan to start that work tomorrow,” McCrory said from a ballroom at the Westin hotel in Uptown Charlotte.

With in-person early voting underway in North Carolina, it might be helpful to break down its use in different areas of the state.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state has eight urban counties and 20 suburban counties that make up eight metropolitan areas. The other 72 counties are classified as rural counties.

Within the eight urban counties, 59 percent of the ballots cast were before Election Day, while suburban and rural counties each had 53 percent of their ballots cast during the early voting period.

Greg Collard

Several hundred protesters marched in Charlotte Sunday afternoon in advance of the Democratic National Convention. The march attracted diverse groups upset with both political parties, but far fewer people than what organizers predicted.

The event was billed as the March on Wall Street South. Organizers predicted several thousand people. Police braced for possibly the biggest protest in Charlotte history.

That didn’t happen. Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe estimates about 800 protesters turned out.

WFAE

Amid all the grim economic news the last few years, business has been quite good for dollar store retailers. The tanking economy prompted many people to give them a try.

The trend has helped Matthews-based Family Dollar's stock rise 40 percent in the last 3 years. Now, Family Dollar is trying to position itself for when the economy recovers. It has a new marketing strategy, and the company has hired a full-time ad agency for the first time in its 50-year history.

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