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!

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Email: vwilson@wcti12.com

Valentina's Most Recent Stories

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.

Justin Sullivan

Father of NC ISIL suspect called 911 about his son

The father of a teenager accused of wanting to kill Americans in the name of  the Islamic State group called 911 about two months ago.

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.

Eh Lar Doh Htoo

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 ATTACK, ROCKY MOUNTY

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.

Susan White Garcia

Woman who stole from former employer receives 15 years in prison

Susan White Garcia, 44, pleaded guilty to five counts of embezzlement. She was arrested in 2013.

Fox attack

Fox bites jogger, attacks child

Authorities in Raleigh track down a fox they say bit a woman and a child's shoe Tuesday morning.

Devin Johnson

Police: ECU student killed in DWI crash

According to our affiliate, WSOC, Devin Johnson, 20, was a passenger in a Camry Solara that went airborne, struck a tree, rolled down an embankment and landed on its roof this morning.

Tanning

No tanning beds for North Carolina teens

It's now illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use tanning beds in North Carolina.

Jeff Boxman

Stolen boat found, man arrested

A stolen boat is recovered, and a suspect is arrested in Pitt County.

Prisoner Dies

Sheriff: Prisoner dies in custody

Sheriff Jerry Monette said Christopher Wetherington, of Cove City died while in custody in Craven County.

Lori Whitley Teacher Arrested for Meth

Deputies: Teacher and husband sold meth from home

Deputies say a teacher and her husband operated a meth lab from their north Johnston County home.

Motorcyle Crash Plymouth

Sheriff: Former deputy killed in motorcycle crash

A former Washington County deputy is killed in a motorcycle crash.

Timothy Shaw

Man admits molesting two boys during Boy Scouts trip

Timothy Shaw, 18, pleaded guilty in a New Hanover County courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Ornisha Cratch

Police: Woman set man's clothes on fire

A Winterville woman is charged with burglary and arson.

Teacher of the Year Craven 123

Craven County Teacher of the Year wins use of car for a year

A red carpet gala event was held Tuesday night in New Bern as the new Craven County Teacher of the Year received a new set of wheels.

Herbert Stroud

Man receives life sentence in Duplin County murder

A Duplin County jury found a man guilty of first degree murder in the death of another man.

Stacie Powell

Woman charged in robbery at her own home

Warrants state Stacie Powell, 31, conspired with two other people to commit robbery at her own address against another resident.

Tanner Webb Wall Update

Memorial wall honors memory of Tanner Webb

A memorial brick wall was dedicated Tuesday night in memory of Tanner Webb.

David Long

Police: Man sold drugs near school

David Long, 34, is accused of selling drugs within 1000 feet of a Pitt County school.

Relay for Life New Bern

Large crowd gathers to fight cancer

People across the country and in Eastern Carolina are camping out to help fight cancer.

margarita munoz missing

Deputies search for missing woman in Wayne County

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding a missing woman.

Todd Coley

Police arrest shooting suspect

A Goldsboro man is charged in connection with a shooting.

Pet Safety

Experts say you should bring your furry friends indoors

On a cold night, it's not just humans who need to stay warm but our animal friends too.

Trabian Barnes

Trabian Barnes, Make-A-Wish recipient

Local teen receives wish of meeting NBA star

Trabian Barnes, 13, of Pitt County, who suffers from leukemia is getting a chance to meet NBA superstar Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, thanks to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.

Deer Crash

Witnesses: Deer causes pile-up

A multi-vehicle crash closed a stretch of Hwy. 70 in Kinston Wednesday evening.

David Fate, III

Four accused in Wilson murder

Police in Wilson arrested four people in connection with a man's murder.

Raymond Scott

Police investigate 80 break-ins

Police in Elizabeth City are investigating 50 commercial and residential break-ins and 30 vehicle break-ins.

Myah Mone Phillips (left), Kashera Renee Barrett (right)

Police: Halloween store manager hit by car of shoplifting suspects

Police say the manager of a Greenville Halloween store was seriously injured after getting hit by the car of suspected shoplifters.

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