Lisa Worf

Reporter

Lisa Worf 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
5:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

WFAE Talks: Politics And Rollercoasters

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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.

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Local News
1:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

How Many People Does It Take To Build A Roller Coaster?

A crew pours the foundations for Fury 325 beside The Intimidator.
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Carowinds is building one of the tallest, fastest roller coasters in the world. The Fury will soar 325 feet in the air and reach speeds of 95 mph when it opens in the spring. Right now it’s just a bunch of steel parts, rebar and concrete scattered around the amusement park grounds. It will take more than one hundred people to turn it into a roller coaster.


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Local News
6:15 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Duke Will Continue To Pass On Savings From Tax Cut

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North Carolina utilities are paying less in taxes to due to the legislature’s tax overhaul last year. The NC Utilities Commission says companies no longer have to pass on those savings to customers but Duke Energy still plans to.

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WFAE Talks
2:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WFAE Talks: Patrick Cannon, Charter School Profits, Airport Control

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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.

Local News
4:57 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Elon School Of Law Trims Time And Tuition

Elon University School of Law is making some big changes.  Beginning next fall, students will be able to graduate after two and a half years, instead of the standard three.  That will help shave $14,000 from what it costs to get a degree there.

The law school’s dean Luke Bierman says Elon took to heart some of the criticism of legal education and restructured its program to offer a more deliberate curriculum.   

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WFAE Talks
3:11 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

WFAE Talks: College of Faith Football, Grading Scale Changes, 3rd-Grade Reading

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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!

Local News
9:56 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Nearly 13 Percent Of Third Graders "Retained" Under Read To Achieve

Nearly thirteen percent of North Carolina third-graders were either held back or went on to fourth grade this year labeled retained. That means they get 90 minutes of concentrated reading instruction every day. 

These are the results from the first year of the state’s Read to Achieve program.  

Vice Chairman of the State School Board A.L. “Buddy” Collins said those struggling students will need extra support beyond third and fourth grade.  

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Local News
9:40 am
Fri October 3, 2014

NC High School Grading Scale To Get Easier Soon

The North Carolina Board of Education decides to move to a 10-point grading scale.
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It’ll soon be easier to get an A or B or even pass a class in North Carolina.  That’s because the state board of education has changed its grading scale. 


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Local News
3:59 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Appeals Court Puts Some Voting Law Changes On Hold

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Federal appeals court judges ruled this afternoon that African-Americans in North Carolina would suffer irreparable harm if parts of the state's election overhaul is not put on hold this November. In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court ruled the state must still allow same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting, but a shorter early voting period will remain.

The federal appeals court judges ruled that parts of North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul are likely to violate the Voting Rights Act.

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Local News
5:27 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Big Drop In Applications To Open Charter Schools In NC

The NC Charter School Advisory Board will vet these forty applications and make their recommendations to the NC Board of Education for final approval.
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The number of applications to open charter schools in North Carolina is significantly down from past years. The state received forty applications from groups wanting to open schools in the fall of 2016. Nearly half of them are for schools in the Charlotte area. 

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