Valentina Wilson

POSTED: 1:27 PM Jun 04 2012   UPDATED: 3:48 PM May 26 2014

Valentina Wilson anchors NewsChannel 12 at 5, 6 and 11. Val loves the beauty of Eastern Carolina. A Southerner at heart, she is enchanted with the people and places that make the East so popular. The award-winning broadcaster got her first break in TV news as an anchor/reporter at WAFB TV9 in Baton Rouge, where she was a hometown favorite co-anchoring the weekend morning show and covering various beats including education, crime and general assignment. Her ambition and talent took her from the swamp to the desert in 2001, when she landed a position as weekend news anchor in Las Vegas, Nevada. She interviewed celebrities like boxing champ Laila Ali and co-hosted a live three-hour New Year's Eve broadcast on the roof of the famed Caesar's Palace. Val went on to become weekend weathercaster and reporter for KVVU Fox 5 in Las Vegas. After spending nearly two years out West, she returned to Louisiana to accept the 10 p.m. anchor slot at KLFY TV 10 in Lafayette. She was most recently the main anchor for WVLA NBC 33 in Baton Rouge, at 5, 6, & 10 p.m., and medical reporter for her daily franchise segment, 33 MD.

The multi-talented Wilson loves to write and is currently finishing up her first novel. While working as a TV journalist, she also served as a freelance writer and/or editor for various publications including ESSENCE magazine, The Las Vegas Sentinel Voice and The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.

Val has earned national and local recognition for her work including a first place Excellence in Medical Reporting Award from the Louisiana State Medical Society, first place Associated Press Award for Best Spot News and two School Bell awards for education reporting. The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded Val with a Community Service Award for her year-long series on stroke prevention and awareness.

Val has received journalism fellowships from Families USA, the California Endowment, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Casey Journalism Center. Another fellowship from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation sent Val to Germany and Belgium, where she interviewed political and religious leaders and stood before the remnants of the Berlin Wall.

Born and raised in Pride, La., about 40 miles outside Baton Rouge, Val received a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Louisiana State University (summa cum laude) with a minor in Political Science. She was named an LSU Woman of Distinction in 2001. She would normally be yelling "Geaux Tigers" but will definitely enjoy taking in some ECU, UNC and Duke games.

Val was formerly a member of the LSU Student Media Advisory Board and volunteered with various mentoring groups. She loves genealogy, antiques, shopping for clothes and shoes, and working out several days a week. If you see her around town, she'll always greet you with a smile and a wave!



Valentina's Most Recent Stories

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Jacksonville woman is two-time DNC delegate

Gloria Baker Goodwin says she's passionate about politics. The Jacksonville woman is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for the second time.

Soup kitchen loses 300 pounds of meat due to hot weather

The air conditioner at Onslow Community Outreach stopped working, and the kitchen ended up losing 300 pounds of meat.

Vigil held for victim of hit-and-run in Pitt County

A candlelight vigil was held for Barbara Lindsey, who was struck and killed while walking along Highway 258 on Monday morning. A person has been arrested and charged with Lindsey's death.

Val Learns CPR

NewsChannel 12 anchor Valentina Wilson learns CPR

February is American Heart Month, a great time to get to know your heart and the warning signs of a heart attack

Ed Carter

Local man traces his roots to free blacks who fought in the American Revolution

It's estimated that 5,000 black soldiers served on the Patriot side during the Revolution, which lasted from 1775 to 1783.

Moen warehouse

Moen warehouse expected to create jobs, revenue in Craven County

The new facility, which is not far from Moen's assembly plant in New Bern, is expected to have at least 75 jobs in place when it opens next year.

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Valentina Wilson's daughter celebrates first birthday

Sunday was the first birthday for Valentina Wilson's daughter, McKenley. We're proud to say happy birthday to her.

William Felton Harris

Deputies on the hunt for shooting suspect

William Harris is wanted for a shooting that happened on Lake Drive in Lewiston on Halloween.

Bill Johnson

Kinston Public Safety Director to retire

Kinston Public Safety Director Bill Johnson has announced plans to retire in December.

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North Topsail Beach leaders trying to combat erosion problem

The leaders of North Topsail Beach are preparing an emergency plan for fast-moving erosion on the north end of the town.


Twice in one week: Governor McCrory will be back in ENC

Governor McCrory is expected to attend an event in Greenville Wednesday morning.

Chief Mike Halstead

Police chief retires following Facebook post about Black Lives Matter

Former Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead abruptly retired Tuesday following a town council meeting over a controversial Facebook post.

Oscar Carter, Jr.

Undercover sting results in first drug conviction

Oscar Carter, Jr., 30, pleaded guilty in Superior Court Wednesday. He was arrested as part of "Operation Who's Next."

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City leaders explain why Greenville's new police chief beat out more than 100 other candidates

Mark Holtzman is retiring from his position as police chief in Hagerstown, MD, and will become Greenville's top cop in about three weeks.

Bellamy Apartments

Police investigate robbery at student apartment complex

Investigators are looking for three people they say robbed a person at gunpoint in a student apartment complex.

Carlos Darden

Murder suspect behind bars

Police arrested the man accused in the shooting death of a Goldsboro man. Carlos Darden faces a murder charge.

Embezzlement Charges

Former fire chief accused of embezzlement

A former fire chief of the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department is set to appear in Superior Court Tuesday morning on embezzlement charges.

Sheriff: Victim's name released

Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath said no foul play is suspected in a death that happened in Pollocksville Friday.


Boy rescued from pool, later dies

A five-year-old boy who nearly drowned last weekend in Emerald Isle has died, according to the Jacksonville Daily News.

Police: Shots fired into vehicle, man arrested

A man is accused of firing shots into an occupied vehicle.

Peppertree Condos

Inspector: More condos set to be condemned in Atlantic Beach

More buildings are set to be condemned at a vacation resort in Atlantic Beach.


Police: Missing woman in Emerald Isle found safe

Emerald Isle police said a woman who went missing Wednesday afternoon has been located and is safe.

New disability guidelines for Camp Lejeune Marines affected by toxic tapwater

If veterans have a disease that falls under any of the approved categories, they'll get the benefit of the doubt instead of having to prove the water on base caused the problem, officials said.

Correy Fulcher

Deputies find drugs, cash in drug bust

Investigators said they found drugs and cash when they searched Correy Fulcher's home on Onslow Drive in Jacksonville on July 31st.

Andrew Maness

Man charged with having sex with teenage girl

Andrew Maness, 30, is charged with statutory rape, among other charges.

B&E Guns

Deputies: Arrests yield stolen guns

A breaking-and-entering investigation in the Bridgeton area of Craven County resulted in the arrest of two men on firearms charges.

Mother accused of leaving two kids in hot car

A Cary woman allegedly left her two kids in a hot car in the parking lot of an apartment complex Monday.

Shots Fired near ECU

Police investigate shots fired into occupied home near ECU's campus

Greenville police said several shots were fired into a home on Student and 4th Streets Monday night.

Goldsboro man charged with kidnapping, soliciting minor for prostitution

A 34-year-old Wayne County man has been charged with kidnapping and soliciting a minor for prostitution.

Joseph Burgess

Deputies: Man stole and sold engine parts

Joseph Burgess, 32, of Jacksonville, was arrested Tuesday on several charges.

Beaufort County man arrested on statutory rape charges

A Beaufort County man is in jail on several statutory rape charges.

Leash Laws

Police Chief: Too many dogs going off leash in Topsail Beach

Police Chief Sam Gervase said they've given out more citations than ever before for people letting their dogs off the leash on the beach.

New Bern Police

New Bern launches citizens' police patrol

The Citizen Observation Patrol contains specially-trained citizens who patrol the streets and report suspicious activity.

Deck Collapse Cause

Report: Rusty nails caused deck collapse

We now know what caused a deck to collapse while a family was preparing to take a photo on the Fourth of July. The Town of Emerald Isle has completed its investigation and released a report Tuesday night.

Missing Kinston teen found, man arrested

Kinston Police say a missing teen -- believed to be in serious danger -- has been found.

Shark attack victim thanks emergency responders

The 18-year-old man injured in a shark attack in Dare County has released a statement to express his appreciation for those who helped him

Shark Sighting

Woman spots shark off NC coast

Anna Korman shot video of a fisherman hooking the shark Friday morning.

Alpha Delta Phi

District Attorney will not seek charges in Duke fraternity rape investigation

The Durham County District Attorney's Office says no criminal charges will be filed against members of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity following allegations of rape.

Kimberly Umphlett

Teacher accused of having sex with a student

Kimberly Umphlett, 24, of Kill Devil Hills turned herself into authorities Tuesday night.

Shark Attacks

NC seeing more shark attacks this year

The number of shark attacks this year is higher than normal. North Carolina has already seen six attacks this year.

Xavier Dillahunt

Deputies arrest one of three suspects in home invasion robbery

Investigators said Xavier Dillahunt is one of three people who robbed residents at gunpoint.

Jacksonville Church Vigil

SC church shooting victims remembered at Jacksonville vigil

People gathered at St. Julia AME Zion Church in Jacksonville Wednesday night for a vigil to honor the nine people killed in a church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina last week.

Kiersten Yow

Friends: NC shark attack victim well enough to walk

A 12-year-old girl walked for the first time since a shark attacked her at a beach in Oak Island.

Duplin Trio Arrested Drugs

Police find cocaine, marijuana in drug bust

A search warrant landed three Duplin County men in jail. Police said the suspects were selling illegal drugs.

Levonia Frazier

Program honors first African-American Pepsi model

A Craven County woman was honored Thursday night for being a trend-setter in the commercial modeling industry.

Carson Vandiford

Pitt County man arrested for sex with 14-year-old

A Pitt County man is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old.

Parent Meth Arrests/Hill and Futch

Deputies: Children test positive for meth, parents arrested

Johnston County residents -- Alison Hill, 24, and Rufus Futch, 50, -- are each charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

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Hearing set to determine New Bern man's competency

The defense filed a motion requesting a New Bern man be evaluated to see if he is competent to proceed to trial.


Pit bull attacks toddler in Rocky Mount

A pit bull attacked a little boy inside his home in Rocky Mount Thursday, according to our Raleigh ABC affiliate, WTVD.