Wes Goforth

POSTED: 1:24 PM Jun 04 2012   UPDATED: 4:30 PM May 26 2014

Thanks for watching NewsChannel 12 and for visiting our website. So much has happened in Eastern North Carolina since I began anchoring the weeknight 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts. As our beautiful area grows, so does the great quality of life here.

Before coming to North Carolina in 1997, I worked in television news in Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri and in Buffalo, New York. I also worked in media relations in New York City. My media career actually began in my rural Missouri hometown, where my great-grandfather founded a weekly newspaper. I attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

I'm active in volunteer work with several projects and agencies. My wife Kathy is a wonderful companion, a life-long educator and National Board Certified teacher, and a terrific Italian cook!

We enjoy exercising, gardening, writing and playing with our two Yorkshire terriers, Scooter and Rocky. What a handful they are!

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Email: wgoforth@wcti12.com

Wes' Most Recent Stories

Kayakers continue annual trip down Neuse to raise cancer awareness

The fifth annual Paddle for Hope, Keep Hope Alive" tour launched from Raleigh Saturday and was in Kinston on Wednesday. They are doing this each year to raise awareness and money to fight cancer.

Director of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport retiring

Tom Braaten, one of Eastern North Carolina's most well-known and most productive individuals, will be retiring on April 29 as director of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern.

Hog Truck Crash

Highway Patrol investigates hog truck crash

The Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck of a hog truck.

McCrory signs law affecting transgender bathroom use

Governor Pat McCrory late Wednesday night signed into law a controversial bill affecting which bathrooms transgender people may use in North Carolina.

Wilson man is sentenced to federal prison

A Wilson man convicted of several drug crimes has been sentenced to federal prison.

Croatan Fire Contained

A wildfire in the Croatan National Forest has charred a total of 1300 acres.

Camp Lejeune Marine is pinned with Silver Star

A Camp Lejeune Marine is the latest member of the U.S. Armed Forces to receive the Silver Star Medal.

One year since murder, suspect still at large

Investigators went to the scene of a homicide at a Jacksonville gas station on Tuesday night.

Silver alert canceled for missing Jacksonville man

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man early Wednesday morning.

Sewer problem causes commute delays in Jacksonville

Jacksonville officials say a major sewer line collapse will close a city intersection and affect traffic.

Supreme Court decision finalizes new districts and Congressional primary date

North Carolina voters will officially have two primary elections this year. 

Coast Guard, Navy assist five fishermen

The Coast Guard and Navy assisted two stricken fishing boat crews Monday approximately 35 miles east of Oregon Inlet.

Discussion held over controversy around stretch of New River

Military officials are warning fishermen of unexploded ordinances in parts of the New River. A meeting was held Wednesday night to discuss the issues and answer questions.

Marine officials and fishermen exchange concerns about fishing risks

Officials from Camp Lejeune met with dozens of commercial fishermen Wednesday evening to discuss and exchange concerns about possible risks in a part of the New River.

Condemned beach motel is demolished

The owner of an old motel at Emerald Isle has had the building torn down. 

Emerald Isle plans to demolish old motel

An old motel that is in extreme disrepair is coming down one way or another, according to Emerald Isle town leaders.

Commissioners reject concealed carry weapons in county building

Beaufort County commissioners have voted down a proposal for concealed carry weapons in county buildings.

40 illegal gaming machines & nearly $300,000 seized in Jones County

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has released more information to illegal gaming operation in Jones County. A search warrant executed Monday is the culmination of a year long investigation.

Police seek armed robbery suspect

Jacksonville Police are asking the public's help finding an armed robbery suspect.

New rules could keep Christmas gift drones grounded

People who get new recreational drones after this Monday can't legally fly them until they are registered.

Coast Guard rescues man from sailboat off Cape Lookout

A U. S. Coast Guard crew hoisted a man from his disabled sailboat off Cape Lookout early Tuesday morning.

Official says explosion in wood heater could have caused fire

The Beaufort County Fire Marshal Curtis Avery said something thrown into a wood heater most likely caused a house fire near Washington.

Teen remembered at candlelight vigil

Friends and family of a Farmville teen killed last weekend remembered him with candles, tears, and balloons on Thursday night.

Adam Warren traded from Yankees to Cubs

Right-handed pitcher Adam Warren, a New Bern native and former UNC Tarheel, has a new baseball home.

Wilson man still missing this morning

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man.

Duke Marine Lab uses UAV technology to research marine life

Researchers at the Duke University Marine Lab have put together an elaborate system of unmanned aerial devices to study marine life off the Atlantic Coast.

NewsChannel 12 looks into drone technology

They represent one of the fastest-growing technologies around the world and are predicted to be one of the hottest-selling gifts this Christmas season. They might even replace your mailman and pizza delivery guy someday.

Swansboro voters reject charter amendment

The Town of Swansboro will continue to operate under a town manager-commissioner form of government.

2014 Elections

Snow Hill voters strike down mixed beverages

Voters in Snow Hill have rejected a mixed beverage referendum for the third time.

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Parents attend meeting to support school resource officer

Parents showed up at the Carteret County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday to voice their support for former White Oak Elementary School Resource officer Mitch Schelinder.

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NewsChannel 12's Valentina Wilson part of discussion

NewsChannel 12's Valentina Wilson was part of a panel discussion with African-American trailblazers of Onslow County on Thursday night.

Dozens of mailboxes broken into in Havelock

The Havelock Police Department reports dozens of mailboxes across the city have been broken into and mail has been stolen.

Electrocution victims identified as Onslow County men

Authorities in Wilmington say the two construction workers electrocuted in a Monday morning accident were from Onslow County.

NC Attorney General joins Volkswagen investigation

North Carolina has joined several other states investigating Volkswagen for allegedly altering software to produce false results on vehicle emission tests.

Mother charged after leaving baby in hot car

The mother of a baby who was locked in a hot car in Richlands on Thursday has been charged with child abuse.

Popular local radio personality dies in crash

NewsChannel 12 has learned the victim of a crash over Labor Day weekend was a popular local radio personality.

Sanders brings presidential campaign to NC

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders plans a rally in North Carolina this weekend.

New CCC President has goals for students

Craven Community College's new president talked about his goals for students, during a community reception Wednesday evening.

Animal shelter works toward improvement

The Lenoir County Animal Shelter gets a great opportunity in its effort to undergo renovations.

Police say pair made bomb threat at Greenville Mall

Two men face felony charges for allegedly making a bomb threat at the Greenville Mall

Beach town has mail problem, wants its own zip code

A local beach town is having an identity crisis of sorts.

Night owls can drink even later

A new regulation will allow people in part of Greenville's downtown business district to drink alcohol outdoors even later at night.

Police: Teen drowns swimming with church group at Emerald Isle

A 16-year-old teen drowned while swimming in the ocean with members of a church group, according to Emerald Isle Police.

K-9 officer is credited with tracking down suspect

Greenville Police credit one of the department's K-9 officers for finding a burglary and assault suspect.  

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