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
4:41 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

WFAE Talks, Episode 53

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Greg, Lisa and Ben talk Governor McCrory's vetoes of the "Ag-Gag" bill and legislation that lets magistrates opt out of performing same-sex marriages. Charlotte City Council will soon decide whether to pass a local civil rights ordinance. And,  a litte about our new series, Block by Block.

Local News
6:00 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Charlotte Knights Plan Office Building With More Seating Beside Ballpark

Plans for the building have yet to be finalized. This is a 2012 rendering of the ballpark when the team was still unclear what kind of development would go up along West Fourth Street.
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Charlotte Knights fans may see a little less of the skyline from their seats starting next season. The city's minor league team plans to construct a building on part of the grassy hill beyond the outfield of BB&T Ballpark.

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Local News
8:12 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Davidson College Reaches High School AP Students With Digital Tools

Ardrey Kell High School Senior Vishnu Menon uses Davidson Next to study for the AP Macroeconomics final exam.
Lisa Worf WFAE

The rise of iPads and laptops in the classroom has people scrambling to figure out the best way to represent knowledge and teach students using this medium. There’s an explosion of online materials geared for learning, but developing good ones is still something of an art and an experiment. Davidson College is undertaking such a project using CMS students as its guinea pigs.  

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Local News
3:21 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe To Retire

FILE PHOTO - Chief Rodney Monroe
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe will retire on July 1 after seven years on the job. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports Monroe became  known for his hands-on approach.


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Local News
7:00 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

NC Lawmakers Push Partisan School Board Elections

Most of North Carolina’s local school boards are elected without any party labels attached to candidate’s names. But state lawmakers are now considering bills that would make elections for five school boards partisan. It’s something of a trend.


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Local News
6:52 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

About 500 Bills Survived Crossover Deadline

Lawmakers filed about 1,600 bills this session. About a third of them survived what’s called the crossover deadline. That’s when bills that don’t contain spending or taxes must make it out of either the House or Senate.  If they don’t, they fail for this year. 


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WFAE Talks
5:39 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

WFAE Talks: HBCUs, Fire Department Report, 'Outage Season'

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a report's findings on the Charlotte Fire Department. Plus, Ben talks about his visit to Duke Energy's coal-fired Marshall Steam Station.

Local News
7:36 am
Thu April 30, 2015

HBCUs Seek To Distinguish Themselves In Competition For Students

WSSU is known for its nursing program. WSSU is now only 72 percent African American.
Lisa Worf WFAE

North Carolina has one of the highest numbers of historically black colleges and universities in the country. Over the past few years many of their enrollment numbers have declined. There are multiple reasons for that. They include tighter requirements on some federal loans, higher admissions standards, and competition from schools that were long closed to African Americans. The history and future of HBCUs are the subject of Thursday's Charlotte Talks.

In this story, WFAE's Lisa Worf looks at how the state’s public and private HBCUs are trying to distinguish themselves.

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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

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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.

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