Greg Collard

News Director

In August of 2008, Greg Collard took Interstate 77 - also known as the Hillbilly Highway - down to Charlotte and WFAE.

He came to us from West Virginia, where he spent eight years at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, including four as news director.

Greg has also worked at newspapers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. Greg is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.


Local News
5:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Foxx Won't Seek A 3rd Term

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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4:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Reporter Who Covered McCrory Is His New Communications Director

Kim Genardo
Credit 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.”

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1:13 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Vote Set For City Manager; Observer Reports Ron Carlee Offered Job

Charlotte city manager candidate Ron Carlee meets and mingles at a reception Wednesday night.
Credit 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:

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5:27 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Sporting News Ends Print Run, Goes All-Digital

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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Local News
1:02 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Davidson College Project Seeks History From Under Lake Norman

Front page of The Mecklenburg Gazette on Oct. 1, 1959.

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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Election 2012
1:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Pittenger Cruises To Congress In 9th District

Credit 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.”

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10:35 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Some NC Races Decided

North Carolina Governor-elect Pat McCrory

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.

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The Party Line
1:27 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Early Voting Becoming Passé

Michael Bitzer

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.

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DNC 2012
5:38 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Protests: Diverse, Energetic And Smaller Than Expected

Protesters represented an array of ideas/causes.
Greg Collard

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Family Dollar Markets Message, Image In New
1:00 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Family Dollar Markets Message, Image In New Directions

The outside of a Family Dollar store.

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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