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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Local News
9:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Charlotte Observer Cartoonist Kevin Siers Wins A Pulitzer

Charlotte Observer cartoonist Kevin Siers at the drawing board.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Readers of the Charlotte Observer know cartoonist Kevin Siers has the art of the skewer down.  Monday he was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize.


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WFAE Talks
4:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

WFAE Talks Mayor Clodfelter, Cannon Public Records, Duke's Efforts To Stunt Tree Growth, Reading

WFAE Talks recorded April 11, 2014.

This week, the WFAE Talks crew discusses stories making news that concern city politics, the environment and education.

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss initial impressions of Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and public records related to former Mayor Patrick Cannon that won't be released for at least 60 days. Also on this week's podcast: Public outcry prompts Duke Energy to suspend a program in which tree roots were being injected with a chemical to stunt growth, and observations from a 3rd-grade class trying to meet the state's new reading requirement.

Local News
9:03 am
Fri April 11, 2014

NC’s Third-Grade Reading Law From The Classroom

Third-graders at Park View Elementary take a practice reading porfolio test.
Lisa Miller

Third graders in North Carolina are on a deadline. They have just a few weeks to prove to the state their reading is up to snuff. Otherwise, they’ll be headed to summer reading camps. There’s a lot to do: lessons to learn, passages to read, and tests to take. It’s all part of the new third-grade reading law. 


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Local News
7:05 am
Wed April 9, 2014

CMS To Ask County For An Extra $27 Million For Employee Raises

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison argues for county money to cover employe pay raises.
Credit Lisa Miller

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials plan to ask the county for an extra $46 million next year. Most of that would go for a 3 percent pay raise for all CMS employees. 


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Local News
10:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Belmont Abbey College To Make $1 Million In Administrative Cuts

Credit Courtesy of Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College is taking a step toward a financial model where tuition alone covers operating expenses.  Belmont Abbey’s President Bill Thierfelder says the college will cut $1 million in administrative costs to get closer to that goal. 

He says right now the college like many others spends too much on departments that tend to function in their own silos. 

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WFAE Talks
2:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

WFAE Talks Cannon and The Daily Show, Political B-Roll, A Failed Charter School

Tom Bullock steps in for Ben Bradford on this week's show. Greg, Lisa and Tom discuss the race for Charlotte mayor and Patrick Cannon's recognition on the The Daily Show. Plus, the production assist that some candidates are giving third-party interest groups, and a charter school in Charlotte that shuts down before the school year ends.

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Local News
10:01 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Charter School To Close; CMS Hustles To Accomodate Students

StudentFirst charter school will close next week. CMS will have to accommodate close to 260 of their students without reimbursement.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

StudentFirst charter school in West Charlotte is closing its doors next week due to financial problems. That means CMS will have to find room for most of their 260 students to finish out the year and the school district won’t get reimbursed for that expense.

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Local News
9:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

CMS To Add Mental Health Therapists To 37 More Schools

CMS already has mental health therapists in about thirty schools. Another 37 schools will soon be getting them. 


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Local News
6:40 am
Thu April 3, 2014

A Rundown Of Who Could Be Charlotte's Next Mayor

City council will vote on Monday to fill the empty mayor's chair.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The race for the next Mayor of Charlotte will be decided by 11 votes. No the fix is not in for our next election. Only members of the city council will be able to vote for the person who will fill out Patrick Cannon’s term. That vote is expected on Monday.


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Local News
9:22 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

BMW Plans To Hire 800 At Its Spartanburg Plant

BMW expects its Spartanburg plant to become its highest-producing plant by the end of 2016.
Credit Ken Lund / Flickr/http://bit.ly/1h42CBy

The BMW plant in Spartanburg is expanding yet again.  The company announced plans Friday to add 800 jobs to the facility over the next two years.  That will bring BMW’s total workforce there to 8,800.  

Twenty years ago BMW opened the plant in Spartanburg with 500 workers.  The company said its location between the Port of Charleston and I-85 made it ideal, plus South Carolina offers good technical training.  

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