Lisa Miller

Reporter

Lisa Miller traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE.  She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio.  Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.  She covers several different areas with a focus on education. 

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WFAE Talks
5:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon

It was a busy week for WFAE's newsroom with the arrest of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on federal corruption charges, and his decision to resign the day of his arrest.  Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the FBI's case and the many questions that remain.

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Politics
9:57 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Carlee: Charges Against Cannon Don't Represent How City Runs

City manager Ron Carlee announced on Thursday afternoon that city council members will hold a special meeting on Monday evening to plan out how they will replace former Mayor Patrick Cannon.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte city government officials are now dealing with the aftermath of former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest and resignation. Charlotte could have a new mayor as soon as Monday.

Charlotte city council will meet on Monday evening to layout a timeline, possibly consider candidates and vote. City manager Ron Carlee held a press conference Thursday afternoon, in which he said the charges against Cannon don’t represent the way the city operates. 

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Local News
9:31 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Why For Every Dollar CMS Pays Charters, It Can't Make The Same Cut

Mecklenburg County commissioners got a crash course Tuesday in how charter schools are funded.  They heard CMS will likely lose more than $80 million dollars to local charter schools next year.  But if CMS no longer has the expense of educating those students, why is that chalked up as a loss for the district? 


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Local News
9:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

CMS Board Approves Process To Select Teachers For Bonuses

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School board approved a plan Tuesday night to judge which teachers will be offered bonuses that total $5,000 over four years. CMS teachers will be awarded points for good evaluations, working in a hard-to-fill subject like math, and having an advanced degree and board certification. Growth of student test scores will not be a factor. 

Erika Ellis-Stewart voted for the plan, but said she did so grudgingly.  

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Local News
8:46 am
Sat March 22, 2014

The Mad Monster Party Hosts Zombies, Gore And William Shatner

Lisa Miller

The creepy, the gruesome and the odd will all be on display this weekend at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte. The guest list is eclectic.  It includes horror movie actors, special effects gurus, as well as William Shatner, Hulk Hogan, Henry Winkler and 80s star Corey Feldman.


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WFAE Talks
2:53 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WFAE Talks Charter School Secrecy, Duke's Continuing Coal Ash Woes, CPCC's Federal Loan Decision

Welcome to the 10th edition of WFAE Talks, our weekly podcast in which WFAE News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss stories in the news and how they're covered. They also delve into general office banter.

This week, they discuss Duke Energy's continuing coal ash problems, an interpretation of state law that says charter schools don't have to reveal how much teachers are paid, and Central Piedmont Community College's decision to pull out of a federal loan program.

WFAE Talks, episode #10. Recorded 03/21/14.

Local News
9:23 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Liz Hair Led The Way For Women In Mecklenburg Politics

Credit 1974 Observer file photo

Mecklenburg politics was pretty much a man’s world in the 1970s.  Liz Hair was a big force in changing that.  She died this week at 94. 


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Local News
9:25 am
Wed March 19, 2014

CPCC Students Won’t Be Able To Take Out Direct Federal Loans

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Central Piedmont Community College students will no longer have access to direct federal loans next school year. CPCC’s board made the decision because of worries high default rates could force the federal government to pull grants. Many community colleges have made the same decision.     


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Podcast
2:44 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

WFAE Talks Steve Smith (and a purple nurple), A Higher Ed. Dilemma For Some Immigrants, Solar Energy

This week's show includes archival tape that involves Steve Smith and former Panthers backup quarterback Josh McCown. Greg and Ben also debate the Panthers' decision to cut Smith.

In more important matters, Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the challenges that some immigrants have in paying for college, and why a solar energy idea was shelved.


Local News
11:29 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Top Students Caught In Immigration Debate Find Spots In Private Colleges

Credit Courtesy of Wingate University

College is hard for many students and families to afford. But take federal financial aid out of the picture, plus in-state rates for public colleges and paying for school becomes nearly impossible. That’s the challenge for students in North Carolina who are here illegally or have deferred status. Some private colleges in the Charlotte area are reaching out to these students. 


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