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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Commissioner Pat Cotham wants to head the Mecklenburg County Commission again one year after her colleagues ousted her from the role. She believes the election results show people want her in charge, although it appears unlikely to happen. Greg, Lisa, and Ben also discuss why CMS board Chairwoman Mary McCray went out of her way to make clear that only one member of the board wanted former Superintendent Heath Morrison to keep his job. Plus, the intense competition for what's called the Golden Nut Award.

About 7,000 people are expected uptown Saturday morning to compete in the Thunder Road Marathon, half-marathon and 5K. A handful of them will represent a homeless  runners program.

It’s been nearly three years since the Urban Ministry launched its RunningWorks program. The participants are homeless or have been in and out of homelessness. They meet a few days a week to run and attend mandatory life skills sessions.


The election was big. No surprise there. But the resignation of CMS superintendent Heath Morrison and more legal trouble for former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon were certainly unexpected. News Director Greg Collard, and reporters Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss in this week's WFAE Talks.


North Carolina's U.S. Senate race has been judged to be the most negative race in the country. Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss that race. The gang also discuss rollercoasters, a conversation inspired by Lisa's behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Fury 325 at Carowinds.


Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the sentencing of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon and his request for leniency. They also discuss the different ways a businessman appears to benefit from four charter schools that are run by his for-profit management company. His personal and business relationships with the schools were the focus of this ProPublica story. Plus, the continuing squabble over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.


This week, Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey joins the WFAE Talks crew. Wendy, News Director Greg Collard and education reporter Lisa Worf discuss College of Faith. It's an online school in Charlotte that offers two degrees and college football, although it has yet to score against an NCAA school since opening last season.

They also discuss a new 10-point grading scale taking effect for incoming high school freshmen next year, and 3rd-grade reading results under North Carolina's Read To Achieve law. And yes, there's more on this week's show. Just listen to find out!


Reporter Michael Tomsic tells Greg, Lisa and Ben how arguments have evolved in the federal lawsuit over the overhaul to North Carolina's voting law. The group also discusses the consequences of the state's failure to accurately predict CMS enrollment, and why conspiracy theories thrive despite scientific evidence that proves them wrong.


This week's show focuses on Attorney General Roy Cooper's latest challenge of a Duke Energy rate increase, two Charlotte companies that are the focus of takeover bids and social media. WFAE's social media coordinator, Katie Herzog, joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford to discuss viral audio and some of WFAE's social media efforts.


The producers of Cinemax's "Banshee" are moving production from Charlotte to New Orleans. The reason: North Carolina's revised - and much smaller - film industry incentives program isn't competitive.

We'll also discuss the latest in Charlotte airport politics and Tom Bullock's 2-part series that examines how Treasurer Janet Cowell is investing the state's pension fund.

News Director Greg Collard, education reporter Lisa Miller and Money & Influence reporter Tom Bullock discuss a Wake County judge's ruling against North Carolina's publicly-funded private school voucher program. They also discuss the idea of paying for garbage collection with a per-bag system, and the continuing debate over I-77 toll lanes. In a related matter, Greg reads his frustrating email exchange with a North Carolina Department of Transportation spokeswoman. Plus, Lisa and Tom give previews of upcoming series on the cost of higher education and North Carolina's investment strategy for its pension system.