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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Construction is scheduled to begin next month on a new mental health treatment center in Charlotte that’s expected to open this summer.

The center will be run by an organization called the Hopeway Foundation. Bill Blue started the foundation nearly two years ago in response to problems his family experienced in dealing with the mental health system. He says it was apparent the system has two major gaps.

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You wouldn't expect someone to be named chairman of a county's elections board when posting on social media statements such as:  “To hell with the Lesbos, Queers, Liberals and baby killers.” Or, “God Bless the Confederate States of America,"  -- and then noting it's been "illegally occupied" since 1865. Yet, this summer Malcolm "Mac" Butner became chairman of the Rowan County Board of Elections.

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In an election that attracted only 23,544 votes, Jennifer Roberts cruised to victory over Mayor Dan Clodfelter in Tuesday's Democratic runoff. Roberts won 54 percent of the vote. She faces Republican Edwin Peacock in the general election.

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In an election that attracted only 23,544 votes, Jennifer Roberts cruised to victory over Mayor Dan Clodfelter in Tuesday's Democratic runoff. Roberts won 54 percent of the vote. She faces Republican Edwin Peacock in the general election. (Check back for in-depth coverage from Tom Bullock and Sarah Delia).

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The North Carolina General Assembly finally ended its session this week, but not before some lawmakers tried to sneak through  controversial legislation concerning the authority of local governments and charter school funding.

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Reporters Michael Tomsic and Duncan McFadyen join News Director Greg Collard on this episode of WFAE Talks.

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Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the politics surrounding a religious advertisement featuring Governor McCrory. The group responsible for the ad says it mistakenly mischaracterized the governor’s upcoming address to a religious gathering called The Response.  They also discuss early effects of the region’s drought, school grades, and graduation rates. Oh, and one more thing: It’s Ben’s last appearance on WFAE Talks.

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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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