Leland Pinder

POSTED: 10:47 AM May 15 2014   UPDATED: 3:24 PM Aug 01 2014

While many television journalists move from state to state and city to city, Leland is glad he's been able to advance his career in television news right here in his home state of North Carolina.

In 2010, Leland earned his bachelor's degree in communication studies and journalism from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. While a student at UNCW, Leland interned with Time Warner Cable News. After graduating and completing his internship, he worked in the network's Charlotte newsroom as an assignment editor. He was thrilled to start his career in a top 25 television news market, which also happened to be his hometown.

However, it was always Leland's goal to be a reporter. After two years in Charlotte,he accepted a position as reporter for Time Warner Cable News, covering the Crystal Coast and other Eastern Carolina counties. His most recent career move brings him to WCTI NewsChannel 12 / FOX Eastern Carolina as a reporter and weekend evening anchor. With this transition, he's looking forward to continuing to tell stories in Eastern Carolina and getting to know the people here.

Leland is always on the lookout for a story idea or tip. If you have one, you can e-mail him anytime.


Email: lpinder@wcti12.com

Twitter: @LelandP14

Leland's Most Recent Stories

UPDATE: Arrest made in Lenoir County stabbing investigation

A man is recovering in the hospital after he was stabbed in Lenoir County.

Two years after fire, VFD still closed despite new building

Some firefighters in Carteret County are ready to work but their fire station that burned down two years ago and was rebuilt last year is still not open. Another department is still covering their calls.

Military General: 94 F-35 jets coming to Cherry Point in 2021

A top-ranking military general brought good news to Eastern North Carolina Tuesday.

Survey on new grocery store in Oriental sees high participation

New jobs and a brand new grocery store are headed to Oriental this summer. Earlier this year the closure of a Wal-Mart Express left many without access to groceries.

Investigators working to determine cause in fatal kennel fire

Investigators were back at the scene Tuesday of fatal kennel fire looking for a cause. So far they have been able to determine the fire started in a storage room. The have also ruled out arson or any suspicious activity.

Authorities still investigating New Bern kennel fire

Authorities were back at the scene of a devastating kennel fire that killed 25 dogs early Monday morning.

Pitt County EMS gets high rating from CARES

Recent data released by "CARES" shows cardiac patients in Pitt County are making it back home from the hospital at a high rate.

Abandoned dog rescued, gets new home in Duplin Co.; suspect sought

A dog was possibly thrown from a vehicle in our area. Now, he’s being taken care of by the Duplin County animal shelter as the search for the person who did this continues.

Craven Co. Schools Superintendent headed to Wilson County

The Craven County School Board is looking for a new superintendent to lead the school district.

Citizens ask Pitt Co. DA to release video from St. Patrick's Day assault

The case surrounding the March 17th assault of a 26-year-old black man by what has been described a mob of white assailants is under scrutiny in Greenville.

Greenville police hope red-light camera program proves beneficial

Greenville Police are hoping a new tool will help them nab red-light runners, at no cost to the community.

Police chase crosses county lines, ends with motorcycle crash

A police chase that began in Duplin County early Monday morning ended with the suspect crashing their motorcycle in Onslow County, according to the Highway Patrol.

Dozens gather in Sneads Ferry to "Burn out the Stigma"

An Onslow County community hit hard by drug addiction came together Wednesday night to remember two lives recently lost and those who have died before.

Transgender teen seeks meeting with governor about HB2

A transgender boy in Pitt County wants to sit down with the governor to discuss transgender issues and House Bill two.

Some cancelling Crystal Coast vacations due to House Bill 2

A state law that some argue legalizes discrimination is now making waves along our local beaches.

Cross-county police chase, manhunt over, two in custody

A manhunt involving a helicopter and K-9s is over. Two people are now in custody after allegedly leading Lenoir County deputies on a chase into Jones County Wednesday.

Cause of massive Lenoir County house fire under investigation

Investigators are back at the scene today where an 8,000 square foot home in Lenoir County was destroyed by fire.

Minority male summit engages youth in Greenville

Dozens of young black men and several mentors gathered for the 5th annual Minority Male Summit in Greenville on Saturday.

Mass casualty training exercise prepares Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune

Staff at Naval Hospital Camp Lejuene tested their preparedness Tuesday in the event of a mass casualty emergency. The scenario was an explosion nearby.

Engineers advise caution during bridge construction in New Bern

Drivers on New Bern's Trent River Bridge are advised to use extra caution over the next several weeks.A $3.8 million construction project is underway. 

Police investigating after teens shot in Washington

Washington Police are investigating after two teens showed up to a local hospital seeking care for gunshot wounds.

Thrift store supports drug abuse rehab, detox program for women

A retired drug detective is using her experience to start a new career to help women who are addicted to drugs and other vices.

Downtown Kinston to get much needed hotel space

Downtown Kinston's ongoing revitalization has the community looking forward to new, much needed, hotel space.

Update: No charges will be filed in fatal Beaufort County wreck

The Highway Patrol  tells NewsChannel12 a fatal accident is under investigation in Beaufort County.

New graffiti ordinance in Oriental stirs controversy

The town of Oriental recently adopted a new grafitti ordinance. Some are now questioning the need and validity of the new law.

Cement truck overturns, spills concrete in Pamlico County

An overturned cement truck on Hwy. 306 in Pamlico County created quite a mess on Monday.

Community remembers standout student, football player killed in crash

A community came together Wednesday to remember the life of a West Craven High School football player who died in a wreck last week.


Funeral held for one of two West Craven students killed last week

A community came together Wednesday as the life of Isaiah Yates was remembered at West Craven High School. NewsChannel 12's Leland Pinder (@LPinderWCTI) was there and had this live report at 6. He'll have more on the funeral on Fox at 10 and on our 11 p.m. news.

High school basketball players involved in fight to face charges

A fight during a high school girls basketball game over the weekend will lead to criminal misdemeanor charges for some of the players according to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Flag will not be flown at Lenoir County Courthouse on Confederate Flag Day

For the first time in 25 years, The Sons of Confederate Veterans will not be allowed to fly the first national flag of the Confederate States of America on March 4th.

March 4th is Confederate Flag Day.

Mother of West Craven student killed in crash talks with NewsChannel12

The mother of one of two West Craven High School football players who died Friday in a car crash talked with NewsChannel12 about her son, and the last time they spoke.

Active search underway for person who jumped in the Neuse River

Authorities in New Bern are searching  for a woman who reportedly jumped from the Neuse River Bridge.

Community gathers in uptown for 'State of the District'

Business and community leaders in Greenville gathered at the Martinsborough on Evans Street in uptown for the second annual "State of the District" Tuesday night.

Community remembers retired pastor killed in wreck

A retired pastor and New Bern native killed in a single-car crash is being remembered for his many contributions to the community.

Greenville Police cracking down on red light violations

Greenville Police are cracking down on drivers who run red lights. Police say it's a big problem and they're taking action.

Craven commissioners approve refugee opposition resolution

Craven County commissioners have passed a resolution opposing resettling refugees from certain countries in the county.

Panthers crush Cardinals, headed to Super Bowl 50

The Carolina Panthers are going to the Super Bowl for the second time in team history.

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New Bern Panthers fans celebrate big win

Panthers fans were out in full force at the Buffalo Wild Wings in New Bern Sunday night to take in the Panthers big win!

Community searches for grocery options after Walmart Express closes

The Walmart Express in Oriental will close its doors this week, leaving people who live there with few options for grocery shopping. People who live in the Pamlico County town came together Wednesday night to figure out what's next.

Kinston mayor takes to Facebook imploring city to curb violence

Tuesday Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy took to Facebook with a plea for his city. It came one day after two young men were murdered in a span of 24 hours.

Widow of murder victim speaks with NewsChannel12

Authorities in Lenoir County are searching for a killer. A fatal armed robbery took the life of 37 year-old Chad Bostic Friday afternoon. Bostic's widow was there when armed robbers stormed "Pit stop Bar and Billiards" on Highway 11.

Weather system brings snowfall in Martin County

WILLIAMSTON, Martin County

WATCH: Snow falling in Williamston, other parts of ENC

NewsChannel 12's Leland Pinder (@LPinderWCTI) took this video in Williamston, where snow flakes are falling. We've also had reports of snow as far south as New Bern. Pinder will have more on the weather conditions in our 10 and 11 newscasts.

New Bern men coordinating effort to get clean water to Flint, Michigan

Three New Bern businessmen are coordinating an effort to get clean drinking water to Flint, Michigan.

Authorities investigating if armed robberies are connected

Two suspects are on the run after an armed robbery in Snow Hill over the weekend. Police Chief John Rea says they are now looking into whether the crime is related to a similar crime carried out in Duplin County a few weeks ago.