Charlotte, N.C. (March 16, 2017) – Lisa Worf, WFAE’s assistant news director, was recently awarded the 2017 Sunshine Award for journalism by the North Carolina Open Government Coalition at its annual Sunshine Day event. According to the coalition’s website, the Sunshine Awards "recognize government officials, journalists and citizens who work to make North Carolina governments transparent."
Worf was nominated for her reporting on a new North Carolina law that requires court approval for obtaining video footage from police departments. She was one of the first people in North Carolina to follow the new process that included filing a petition with the court, paying court fees, and presenting a case for the video’s release in front of a judge and the attorneys representing the police department and district attorney’s office. Although the original petition was denied, Worf filed a second petition. This time a judge decided to release the footage of a fatal police shooting in June 2016.
In 2006, Worf joined WFAE as a reporter covering education and general assignment. She was promoted to assistant news director in 2015. Worf has covered many stories over the years including Charlotte School of Law and its loss of federal loan money, the recent surge of charter schools, the closure of CMS schools during the recession, and alligator hunting in South Carolina.