Lisa Worf

Assistant News Director

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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Governor Pat McCrory concedes to challenger Roy Cooper in a video released by the governor's office.
N.C. Governor's Office

Nearly a month after Election Day, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the race to Democrat Roy Cooper. 

Usually concession speeches happen in ballrooms surrounded by a crowd. McCrory's took place on a couch in front of a Christmas tree with a camera rolling. 

Community Charter School

One of Charlotte's oldest charter schools will either close at the end of this school year or face a dramatic change. The State Board of Education voted Thursday to allow another charter to take over Community Charter School.

It's looking more likely that Democrat Roy Cooper will become North Carolina's governor. By state law, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has the right to demand a statewide recount, if the margin is less than 10,000 votes. He got ahead of the game and made that demand last week before counties had finalized all votes. But as the tally stands now, McCrory doesn't have that right. The margin has expanded to 10,256 with results from nearly all counties official.

CMPD officer Vinson (bottom left) speaks to police officers about the shooting of Keith Scott.
CMPD video


CMPD officer Brentley Vinson will not be charged in the shooting death of Keith Scott.

"After a thorough review and given the totality of the circumstances and credible evidence, it is my opinion that officer Vinson acted lawfully," Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murrays said during a press conference Tuesday morning.

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE file photo

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has officially asked for a recount in his re-election race against Attorney General Roy Cooper. The latest tally has him about 6,000 votes behind Roy Cooper as counties sort through complaints and certify election results.  McCrory said in his letter to the state Board of Elections he has "serious concerns of potential voter fraud emerging across the state." But what are the complaints and what is the validity of them?

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Over the last two weeks, we've reported on what it takes to get CMPD to release police shooting video under a new state law. A judge heard from several parties before denying the request to release footage. WFAE which made the request, CMPD, the Mecklenburg District Attorney's office, and the lawyers of the police officers all argued in court. But we haven't heard yet from the family. We sat down with the grandmother of Rodney Rodriguez Smith.  


A thumb drive with CMPD video of a deadly officer-involved shooting from June sits under seal in the Mecklenburg County courthouse. A judge ruled last week that under a new law, WFAE failed to show a "compelling public interest" to release it. But the decision wasn't an all-out shutdown and CMPD now says going forward it may be the one to push for release of body and dash cam videos. 

On the left, five lawyers opposing WFAE's petition for police video. On the right, WFAE's Lisa Worf and Greg Collard.
NC Courts

A judge could rule Thursday whether to release CMPD video of an officer-involved shooting in June. That case was filed by WFAE last week. It's the first petition of its kind in Mecklenburg County since a new state law went into effect October 1. The law requires a court order to release body and dash cam video.

A new state law on police video got a lot of attention after the shooting of Keith Scott in September. The law passed in June means police departments can no longer choose to handover body and dash cam footage to the public, but neither can they just ignore requests. As of October 1st, North Carolina requires a court order to release police video. WFAE's Lisa Worf went in search of one to understand what it now takes to get this footage.

Two schools of thought on HB972

Allen McNeill is one of the bill's chief sponsors. 

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Some Charlotte business, religious, and non-profit leaders have formed a new group to look at ways to help struggling neighborhoods. It's called One Charlotte and aims to help people in these areas have better 

access to jobs, quality education, and health care.