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


Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a report's findings on the Charlotte Fire Department. Plus, Ben talks about his visit to Duke Energy's coal-fired Marshall Steam Station.


It was a surreal news week for WFAE's Tom Bullock. At NPR, Tom was Baghdad bureau chief and covered General David Patraeus during his rise to prominence. On Thursday, Tom covered Patraeus in a federal courtroom in Charlotte as he admitted to violating the Espionage Act. He talks about it in this episode of WFAE Talks. Plus, education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the Charter School Advisory Board's decision to recommend approval of several for-profit charter schools. Last year, some lawmakers made it clear they were unhappy the board only approved one for-profit charter school.


Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the politics and budgetary effects of a legislative proposal to redistribute the state's sales tax. It would mean less money for Mecklenburg County, but could be a boon to rural areas. Plus, Charlotte's unexpected budget challenge that resulted from a redo of the 2011 property revaluation.


WFAE reporters Lisa Worf and Gwendolyn Glenn join News Director Greg Collard on this edition of our newsroom podcast.


You know Mark Rumsey as WFAE’s All Things Considered host. He’s also WFAE’s Public Conversations coordinator. In this episode, Mark talks to News Director Greg Collard about what emerged from WFAE’s most recent Public Conversation on End-of-Life Planning and Choices.


Reporter Gwendolyn Glenn makes her first appearance on WFAE Talks. Gwendolyn is a new addition to WFAE's newsroom. In this episode, charter schools and gangs in Chester, SC, are among the issues addressed. Gwendolyn also gives some observations from one of her first assignments: Covering a hearing in which the convictions of the Friendship 9 were overturned.


Roger Sarow is finishing his last week as president and general manager of WFAE. He's retiring after nearly 27 years in the position.

In this WFAE Talks, Greg Collard talks to Roger about his time at WFAE, his career at other stations, and public radio's future. He also discusses experiences and people who influenced his life before going into public radio. They include his parents, a great kindergarten teacher, and a Vietnam War college protest that went too far.


Education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the problems a few charter schools have had in staying open. In the last year, three Charlotte area charter schools have closed within their first year of operation, the most recent being Entrepreneur High School this month.

Ben Bradford discusses the Dollar Tree's purchase of Matthews-based Family Dollar. He also reveals his interest in exchanging his office chair for a stability ball.


After a 3-week hiatus, our WFAE Talks podcast returns. Greg, Lisa and Ben talk CMS documents released in response to a public records request related to the forced resignation of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. They also discuss a new 10-point grading scale, the popularity of retro video games, and the politics of those silly sports bets politicians make with their counterparts in other cities.

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s law that says abortion providers must show pregnant women an ultrasound of their fetus.

The three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals was unanimous: North Carolina’s law violates the First Amendment.

The ruling says the law is “quintessential compelled speech” that “forces physicians to say things they otherwise would not say.”