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

Economic development project proposed forTrent Road, Hwy 17

More economic development is slated for New Bern. This week the city's planning and zoning board recommended the approval of a rezoning request of six parcels of land on Trent Road from residential to commercial.

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Police seeking help in hit-and-run incident in New Bern

New Bern police have named the person who was struck in a hit-and-run incident last week. They need the public's help in solving the case.

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Flooding takes over areas of Pamlico County

Pamlico County was one of the hardest hit counties in the viewing area. NewsChannel 12's Leland Pinder spoke with some people and has the pictures to prove just how bad it's been.

Ban on visitor access to Ocracoke Island remains in place

As of Sunday afternoon officials in Hyde County are continuing their ban on visitor access to Ocracoke Island until further notice because of the heavy rain and strong northeast wind that are forecast.

NCDOT, local authorities close parts of Highway 12

Crews will be closing down N.C. 12/Beach Road in Kitty Hawk from Lillian Street, south to White Ave. They are  also closing Kitty Hawk Road at N.C. 12/Beach Road.

Police investigate major theft at boat dealer

Morehead City Police officers are investigating a major theft. Tens of thousands of dollars in equipment was stolen off of fourteen boats at a local boat dealer and repair shop.

Nearly two dozen animals surrendered to humane society

A Craven County woman surrendered close to two dozen animals to the Colonial Capital Humane Society Monday.

Pitt Co. home total loss after fire

A home in Pitt County is a total loss after fire Saturday evening.

Heavy rains bring flooding in some areas of Carteret Co.

Public Safety officials in Carteret County say calls for service have been limited despite heavy rains and flooding the area has seen this weekend.

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Fifth annual Launch Out Conference is this weekend

The fifth annual Launch Out Conference will be held this weekend at Saint Peters AME Zion Church in New Bern.

Sidewalk construction set to get underway in New Bern

New sidewalks are on the way for some of New Bern's most heavily traveled roads.

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Arapahoe Charter School participates in Whirled Peace Day

Arapahoe Charter School students spread messages of peace through pinwheels on Monday. Students planted pinwheels with messages for peace for Whirled Peace Day.

Popular downtown bar, city involved in dispute

A new addition is nearing completion at Jack's Waterfront Bar in downtown Morehead City. But it's also creating a dispute between the bar and the city.

Rare shooting in small town remains under investigation

We're learning new information about a man in Pamlico County who was on his boat when he was shot multiple times this weekend.

GAMEDAY: Navy beats ECU 45-21

East Carolina falls to Navy on the road in Navy's first American Athletic Conference debut.

"Farewell Mr. Sunshine," event honors late Skip Waters

Late NewsChannel12 Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters was honored Saturday evening at the Distinguished Young Women of Lenoir County program.

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Funeral set for Pitt Co. Detention Officer killed in crash

Officer Taylor Frink's visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Tanglewood Church of God at 2103 Rouse Road in Kinston. His funeral will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the same church. That's according to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Local sheriff plans to put SRO in two schools, extra deputy on roads

Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis wants an additional deputy on the roads and a school resource officer in two local schools.

Duplin Co. man dies in Columbus Co. plane crash

The North Carolina Wing Civil Air Patrol has confirmed that one person is dead after a small plane crashed in Riegelwood Friday night. CAP assisted in finding the plane.

Local school employee involved in weekend ocean rescue has died

The woman who fire officials said was pulled from the ocean in Pine Knoll Shores Saturday evening has died.

Fire Marshal: Fire destroys Jacksonville home

A Jacksonville home was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon according to Onslow County Fire Marshal Brian Kelly.

Colleagues remember radio host killed in crash

Clyde Thomas Mallison, known to many as "TomTheJazzMan" was a fixture for decades on Public Radio East broadcast out of New Bern.

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Violins painted, designed by local artists on display before auction

Violins that were painted and designed by local artists are now on display at the History Center in New Bern. The violins will be auctioned off to celebrate the North Carolina Symphony's 10th year in New Bern.

Parking confusion at Atlantic Beach Circle this Labor Day

Tourists at a Crystal Coast beach town had some parking confusion this Labor Day.

Woman dies in head-on crash in Pamlico County

Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol tell NewsChannel 12 a woman was killed in a head-on collision early Sunday morning.

Alison Parker remembered as a good friend and colleague

During her time in Eastern North Carolina reporter Alison Parker talked with and met a lot of people.

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Kinston home sprayed with bullets during overnight shooting

Police discovered 14 bullet holes on a Kinston home after a neighbor calls 911 to report the overnight shooting.

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Kinston police dealing wtih three shootings in 24-hour span

It was a busy 24 hours for officers with the Kinston Department of Public Safety. Sunday, they investigated three separate shootings. The victim of one of those shootings has died.

Two airlifted to hospital following motorcycle crash

Two people were airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville Saturday night following a motorcycle crash.

All Craven Co. students must pay new tech fee this school year

All students in Craven County Schools will have to pay a new $20 technology fee this school year, according to district officials.

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Craven County Schools bringing Chromebooks to classrooms

Craven County Schools leaders are taking steps to bring new technology into local classrooms. Chromebook laptops will be available at some point in the 2015-16 school year.

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Craven County man charged with embezzlement of fire department in court

A Craven County man was charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from a local volunteer fire department. Officials said Thomas Bowers served as both chief and assistant chief at the Tri-Community department in the Bridgeton area. NewsChannel 12’s Leland Pinder has more in this video report.

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Groundbreaking held for Emerald Isle management firm

State and local officials broke ground on a 13,000-square foot building Monday in Emerald Isle.

Emerald Isle taking safety measures in wake of deck collapses

According to Sun Surf Realty in Emerald Isle, a family on vacation on the island was moved out of their rental property and into another home last week, midway through their vacation.

Bartender stabbed at New Bern sports bar

A bartender was stabbed and a 23-year-old man was arrested overnight in connection to a stabbing at a sports bar in New Bern, according to New Bern Police.

Former Beaufort Co. Sheriff seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Officials in Beaufort County are investigating a motorcycle crash that happened Sunday night involving former sheriff Alan Jordan.

Funeral arrangements set for slain Kinston man

A celebration of life service for Jack Davis Jr. Wednesday, July 29, at 1pm.

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Sexual assault investigation underway in New Bern

New Bern Police are investigating a sexual assault case reported Sunday morning.

Sewage spill prompts swimming, fishing advisory for White Oak River

A swimming and fishing ban is in place for the White Oak River after a sewage spill over the weekend

Hundreds attend African American Male Summit in New Bern

More than 200 people gathered at the New Bern River Front Convention Center Saturday for the 2015 African American Male Summit.

Police say medical emergency caused rollover crash

Police responded to the scene of a rollover crash involving two vehicles Saturday caused by a medical emergency.

VFD destroyed by fire will open soon pending county, state approval

A Carteret County Volunteer Fire Department that burned down last year is one step to closer to reopening.  

Bear awareness and safety meeting set in light of recent sightings

Wildlife officers will meet with people in Pamlico County later this week to discuss safety when it comes to black bears. This follows a few recent sightings in the county.

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Bust leads to 30 charges, including drug and child abuse charges

Complaints by citizens in River Bend led to a combined 30 charges against four suspects, many of those charges were drug violations.

Washington Police investigating murder-suicide

Washington Police are investigating a Saturday morning murder-suicide.

Experts offer tips on deck safety as Emerald Isle officials close investigation

Emerald Isle Police release a final report detailing their investigation into the deck collapse that injured several people.

Mother-in-law says rodents destroyed Marine's belongings while in storage

The mother-in-law of a Cherry Point Marine is outraged because her son-in-law's possessions were destroyed by rodents at a storage facility while he was deployed.

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Five victims remain in hospital following weekend deck collapse

Five victims of Saturday night’s deck collapse remain in the hospital, according to officials investigating the incident.

Officials: Five still in hospital following deck collapse

Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush said five people were still in the hospital following Saturday's deck collapse that took place in Emerald Isle.


Man nearly drowns at Atlantic Beach

According to officials in Atlantic Beach a man nearly drowned in the ocean Saturday afternoon.