Lisa Worf


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. 


Around the Nation
4:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

In Charlotte, N.C., Police Use Simulators To Engage Community Amid Distrust

Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe answers questions from the group.
Lisa Wolf WFAE

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:41 pm

Usually police simulators are tucked away in training academies. But in a Charlotte, N.C., middle school gym, a crowd of 100 people watches Capt. Rob Dance as he leads a teenager through a simulated traffic stop that goes bad.

The simulator lets out several loud bangs. Dance notices the teen is nervous, his hands are shaking.

"You shot 24 times," he tells the student. "Did you realize that?"

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WFAE Talks
3:33 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

WFAE Talks Petraeus And For-Profit Charter Schools

Credit WFAE

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.

Local News
11:44 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Charter Board Recommends 9 For-Profit Schools; Overall, 18 Charters Get OK

Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Another 18 charter schools may open in North Carolina soon.  Half of them are planned for Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. They’re the recommendations of the charter advisory board.

The list includes nine schools run by for-profit companies The advisory board took some heat from lawmakers last year for only recommending 11 schools overall.

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Local News
9:06 am
Mon April 13, 2015

CMPD Talks Citizen Rights And Use Of Force At Forums

Police Chief Rodney Monroe shows the audience a simulator officers train on to learn how to use force.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Incidents in Ferguson, North Charleston, and several other cities across the country have put the spotlight on police treatment of African American men. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying a new tactic to help build trust in the community. It involves a lot of conversation and came at the suggestion of a barber.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

D.A. Clears CMPD Officer In Fatal Shooting

The shooting happened in the townhouse on the left in Dillehay Courts in north Charlotte.
Credit Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

A CMPD officer who shot and killed a woman in February will not face criminal charges.  

Two police officers were called to a north Charlotte apartment on the night of February 18th, to investigate a domestic dispute involving 20-year old Janisha Fonville. Before police entered the apartment her girlfriend Korneisha Banks told the officers Fonville was mentally ill, had a knife, and might hurt herself.  

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Local News
10:06 am
Wed April 8, 2015

NC Court Of Appeals Sides With Union County In Budget Dispute With Schools

The Union County Courthouse where the two month trial took place.
Credit Jimmy Wayne / Flickr

Union County no longer has to pay its school system $91 million. In 2013, that’s what a jury said the county owed the district for years of under funding. The North Carolina Court of Appeals Tuesday granted a new trial. 

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Local News
9:04 am
Fri April 3, 2015

UNC BOG Launches Search To Replace Ross

The Old Well at UNC-Chapel Hill, flagship school of the UNC system.
Credit Kobetsai/Flickr

The search to find a new president of the UNC system is just starting. Members of the board of governors met in Charlotte Thursday to come up with names of people to oversee the search to replace Tom Ross.  The board forced him to leave his job early next year.   

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WFAE Talks
6:22 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

WFAE Talks: Sales Taxes, Property Taxes, and Charlotte's Budget Crunch

Credit WFAE

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.

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Local News
11:05 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Meck Tax Assessor: Much Smaller Tax Base Was Surprise To All

City council members questions Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner (r).
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

The City of Charlotte will have a lot less tax revenue to work with partly thanks to a re-do of the botched 2011 property revaluation. That came as a surprise to council members last week. They questioned the county tax assessor Thursday to find out what happened. 

Mecklenburg County hired the private firm Pearson to correct the 2011 property revaluation. Throughout the process the company told the county to plan on a smaller tax base. That tax base ended up dropping by $2 billion, way outside Pearson’s own projections.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

House Republicans Want To Quadruple Funds For Vouchers

Republican lawmakers in the North Carolina House want to significantly expand the state’s voucher program for private schools. That’s according to House Speaker Pro-Tem Paul Stam. 

Lawmakers set aside about $10 million in private school tuition this year, but Stam says they’d like to increase that to $40 million to serve more students. 

"The target would be as many as apply, which is currently about 5,000. We hope to get up to 8,000 or 9,000," says Stam. 

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