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

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.