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!


Email: wgoforth@wcti12.com

Wes' Most Recent Stories

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.

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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.  

Man pleads guilty to car theft

A man pleaded guilty to a series of crimes, including car theft and car break-ins.

Trees down, power out in Tuesday night storms

A line of severe thunderstorms that moved through several Eastern North Carolina Counties Tuesday night has knocked out power to several areas.

Woman in fatal crash allegedly drank Xanax

Troopers say a woman charged in a deadly head-on crash in Pitt County was under the influence of liquid Xanax.

Vacation ends after injuries sustained in deck collapse

Five victims of Saturday's deck collapse at an Emerald Isle oceanfront home remain hospitalized as of late Sunday afternoon, according to town officials.

Some NC schools cut summer Drivers Ed

Dozens of school districts in North Carolina are suspending their Drivers Education programs this summer.

Police say woman is passing fraudulent checks

Tarboro Police are warning about a woman they say is passing fraudulent Vidant Health System payroll checks.

New Bern native remembers SC pastor and senator

A New Bern native who now works for the South Carolina Legislature and Democratic Party shared some memories of his friend and colleague who was shot to death inside a Charleston church Wednesday evening.

Man is sentenced for making hoax distress calls to the Coast Guard

A Beaufort man will go to federal prison and pay restitution for making fake distress calls to the U. S. Coast Guard.

Jacksonville Police to crack down on drivers blocking intersections

The Jacksonville Police Department says it will begin writing tickets to drivers who block intersections while trying to get aboard Camp Lejeune.

Beaufort County weathers tornado warning

Beaufort County residents escaped damage during a tornado warning period on Wednesday evening.

State audit is critical of local mental health agency

A newly-released audit from North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood details a long list of allegations against an Eastern North Carolina mental health agency.

College students work to restore historic cemetery

A group of college students chose the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend to perform restorative work to a historic cemetery in our area.

Alleged kidnapper of area teen arrested in Oklahoma

A 14-year-old Pitt County girl allegedly kidnapped by her boyfriend has been found safe in Oklahoma.

Baby Elijah is doing well after his transplant

The 10-month old Jacksonville boy who desperately needed a new liver was recovering from transplant surgery Friday night.

State bill would add trash trucks to Move Over Law

A new bill approved by the North Carolina General Assembly aims to fine drivers who don't move over or slow down for parked garbage trucks.

National Geographic Travel recognizes NC Seafood Festival

National Geographic Travel has named The North Carolina Seafood Festival as one of the Top 20 Free Festivals in the United States.

McCrory announces huge budget surplus

There's a big surprise in the financial condition of North Carolina state government.

Neighbors turn out at vigil to honor dead child

Neighbors gathered at a Thursday evening vigil to remember the life of a baby found dead.

Deputies say they have found missing child

Martin County Deputies say they have found a missing child.

Investigators narrow location of escaped inmate

Investigators say they have a better idea of where an escaped inmate might be.

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Police investigate baby found dead in woods behind home

New Bern Police were at the scene where a baby was found dead on Monday night.

Two men charged with alleged check fraud

Beaufort County deputies have arrested two men they say cashed two counterfeit checks at a Washington convenience store.

Woman is charged in Wayne County bank robbery

Johnston County deputies have arrested a woman in connection with a bank robbery in Wayne County last month.

NC college student endures cruise ship ordeal

A North Carolina college student was among 2,500 passengers aboard a cruise ship forced to weather a severe storm outside Sydney Harbor in Australia.

Sex abuse convict gets out of prison early

 It took decades for some women assaulted as children to get justice against their attacker. But it's taken just a couple of years for him to get out of prison.

Officers investigate homicide in Jacksonville

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

Kinston doctors charged with forgery

Lenoir County Deputies and SBI agents arrested two Kinston doctors at their medical office on Tuesday.

County Court House operational again

Court is back in session at the Greene County Court House in Snow Hill.

Huge gator blocks the road

Drivers along a stretch of road in Brunswick County saw a rare and frightening sight on Thursday.

Crews pull truck from retention pond

A person reported seeing a vehicle in a retention pond behind the New Bern Mall on Thursday evening and called 9-1-1.

Temperatures falling quickly across Eastern North Carolina

The winter weather system that moved into Eastern North Carolina produced an amazingly rapid temperature fall on Thursday afternoon.