Jesse Steinmetz


Jesse Steinmetz is Assistant Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2020

In an age of disinformation and fake news, science is considered an antidote. But when science damages a company’s profits, there are scientists-for-hire to shift the narrative. Author David Michaels is working to unveil the business of “manufacturing doubt.”


Thursday, March 19, 2020

The United States takes pride in its work culture, and one major aspect is spending long hours at the office. Suddenly and dramatically, the coronavirus is forcing us to reconsider.

Charlotte Skyline

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Once a decade the government embarks on a simple task: a count of every single person in the United States. Yet, simple does not mean easy, and a seemingly apolitical event has become a complex power struggle that will influence our country until at least 2030.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Until recently, livers donated in the Carolinas would likely stay in the Carolinas. As of February, donated livers are required by a new policy to be offered to the most pressing candidates within a 575-mile area.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 with an ominous promise: “I alone can fix it.” As the 2020 convention looms, author and investigative reporter Carol Leonnig joins us to determine if he did.


Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

From kindergarten through college, students face intense pressure to achieve. Finding the balance between the drive to succeed and mental health is paramount for American youth. 


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

The National Center for Homeless Education released a report in January revealing there were over 1.5 million homeless students in 2018. That’s a 15% increase from 2015, and the numbers are expected to grow.


Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Just over two years ago Trump passed a comprehensive tax cut. It’s the signature legislative achievement of his administration, but who has profited the most?

homeless camp under bridge
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Mecklenburg County staff and homeless advocates fanned out across the city Thursday morning to conduct Charlotte’s annual homeless point-in-time count. They looked for homeless residents under bridges and at camps in the woods.  


Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine predicts future pandemics could kill millions and cost trillions. Some worry it’s just a matter of time.

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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

Getting tough on crime may not be the answer to Charlotte’s homicide problem. Instead, the city is beginning to face the crisis the way a doctor might treat a disease.


Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

Around the country newspapers are in decline, meaning less coverage, less accountability and a less informed public. An organization called “Report for America” is attempting to change that narrative.

GUAC: My Son, My Hero

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

Mass shootings have become tragically common, to the point where many have become apathetic. But not those who have lost loved ones - Manuel Oliver, the father of Joaquin Oliver, a victim of the Parkland shooting, is the creator of a one man play about love, grief and his son.

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Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a proposed 600-mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Supporters consider it an economic boon, while opponents consider it an environmental disaster.

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Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

Our special week-long examination of the elusive work-life balance continues with a look at attitudes and the reality of paid family leave. 

This show originially aired on Sept. 25th, 2019. This is the third in a special series about work-life balance. Details. 

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

On this edition of the "Charlotte Talks" Mike and the Mayor series, we're joined by Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt, newly reelected and sworn in as at-large member of Charlotte City Council and again as mayor pro tem. Plus, the three new members of City Council – Victoria Watlington of District 3, Renee' Perkins Johnson from District 4, and Malcolm Graham from District 2. 


Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2019

Jazz is making a comeback in Charlotte and it seems like the whole city is working together to make it happen. We meet two of the performers and two entrepreneurs making the Queen City groove.

West Charlotte High School
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Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are as segregated as they were before the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.  As racism increasingly rears its ugly head nationwide, we meet four educators tackling racism head on.


Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019

While Charlotte develops at breakneck speed and rural areas stagnate, it is vital to understand where we are, how we got here, and how to best move forward. UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute recently concluded a study attempting to do just that.

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Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Most people consider Jim Crow an antiquated era that we, as a nation, have evolved from. And yet, there are more African American men ensnared in the criminal justice system today than were enslaved in 1850.