Greg Collard

News Director

Greg has been with WFAE since 2008, all as news director. He came to WFAE from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. In his eight years there, Greg had roles as a reporter, editor and producer. He was the executive producer of a television newsmagazine and news director for radio and television when he decided to head south for Charlotte.

He thanks Giles Snyder, now a familiar voice at NPR, for hiring him for his first job in public radio after stints at newspapers in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

If he’s not working, chances are Greg is fishing or paying attention to sports. He usually has a fishing pole in his car because, well, you never know when or where the fish are biting. He likes to spend his weekends and summer evenings bass fishing the chain of lakes on the Catawba and Yadkin rivers.

Ways to Connect

WFAE’s Morning Edition format will be a little different beginning Monday. The format reflects changes to NPR’s program clock that will give the network and WFAE longer in-depth news segments.

The biggest change is there will be one less NPR newscast. A new 90-second NPR newscast at 30 minutes past the hour will replace newscasts that had aired at 19 and 42 minutes past the hour.

WFAE’s local newscast that normally aired at 31 minutes past the hour now air 30 seconds later, following NPR’s newscast.

Sarah Delia / WFAE

There have been 305 shootings into occupied dwellings in Charlotte this year alone. In response, CMPD has formed a task force.

Joshua Johnson is the host of 1A.

A new program is part of WFAE's news lineup. 1A -- which stands for First Amendment -- airs weekdays from 10am to noon in place of On Point. Johnson spoke to WFAE News Director Greg Collard about his news philosophy and how the show strives to connect with listeners.

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A statewide tracking system of sexual assault evidence kits could be coming to North Carolina next year. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the legislation earlier this week.

Greg Collard / WFAE

Mark Harris has become a familiar name on the Republican ballot in North Carolina. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, losing to Thom Tillis. Two years ago, he lost to Robert Pittenger in the primary race for the 9th district in Congress by just 134 votes.

This year, Harris is back for another shot at Pittenger. Both say the circumstances are different and in their favor for next week’s primary.

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As more huge Confederate flags rise along primary roads in North Carolina, the planning board in Orange County – home to Chapel Hill – is looking at restrictions on the sizes of all flags.

Office of Congressman Pittenger

As the debate over tariffs on Chinese products and a potential trade war intensifies, there’s another battle emerging.

It concerns a multi-governmental agency called CFIUS - the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. CFIUS reviews foreign purchases of American companies to make sure they don’t jeopardize national security.

But a bipartisan group in the U.S. House and Senate says the committee needs expanded powers. In the House, North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger is leading an effort to overhaul CFIUS.

State of the South Report: Spend On Schools, Train Homegrown Talent

Apr 11, 2018
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As teachers in multiple states protest for better pay, a new study warns that the fast-growing South region must invest more in public schools and higher education to ensure its homegrown talent shares in its economic prosperity.

Atrium Health

Atrium Health has countersued Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants in response to a lawsuit filed last week. The two parties have a 37-year relationship, but Atrium is going with a new anesthesiology provider beginning in July.

Opening Day for Major League Baseball is Thursday, but it will make a stop Monday evening in Charlotte. The Chicago White Sox are in town to take on their Triple-A team, the Charlotte Knights. The game gets underway at 6:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark. The game offers the White Sox a final tuneup before Thursday’s opening day game against the Kansas City Royals.