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

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A hit list put out by a group claiming ISIS affiliation called this "Islamic State Hacking Organization," has targets 100 service members across the nation, including one in Craven County.

Substitute teacher crashes on her way to school, charged with DWI

An 80-year-old Carteret County substitute teacher faces a DWI charge in connection with a wreck Tuesday morning.

SSGT Andrew Seif and other marines honored

We're learning more one of the seven Camp Lejeune Marines killed in a helicopter crash last week. Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif of Holland, MI was a highly decorated Marine and a young husband who made is his home in the town of Holly Ridge in Onslow County.

Onslow Co. boy out of hospital following pit bull attack

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Organization seeks to bring kid's bereavement camp to ENC

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Two men face several charges in Hubert crime spree

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Belhaven mayor sends warning to Onslow Co. about Vidant Health

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Two fires under investigation in the town of Seven Springs

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New Bern Fire officials are working to determine what caused an abandoned truck to go up in flamesĀ  Saturday afternoon.