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

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.

Lenoir County man raises debate about flying Confederate flag

The first national flag of the Confederate States of America, more commonly known as the stars and bars, is the flag that Virgil Byrd wants to fly outside the Lenoir County Courthouse on Confederate Flag Day, March 4th.

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

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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.

PCSO #FugitiveFriday program helps nab suspect

Jeffery Lynn Cannon, 28, was arrested Saturday morning in Stokes. He is charged with felony identity theft.

Mother of four-year-old found in highway median facing charges

The mother of a four-year-old boy who was found Wednesday in the median of a busy highway is facing charges related to the incident.

Good samaritans stop to help lost four-year-old crossing busy highway

A four-year-old boy is safe after two good samaritans stopped to help the child found in the median of a busy highway.

Emerald Isle plans to demolish old motel

An old motel that is in extreme disrepair is coming down one way or another, according to Emerald Isle town leaders.

Part of County Home Road in Pitt County to see speed limit reduction

The speed limit on a potion of one county road will be decreasing by 5 miles per hour.

Craven Co. residents try their luck at $500 million Powerball jackpot

Craven County residents are anxious to win the big prize in the Powerball jackpot.

Court date set for two involved in alleged "road rage" incident

A court date has been set for a Camp Lejeune Marine charged with assault on a woman. 25-year-old Kyle Boren will appear in court on January 28. Rachel Ellis, 37, is also appearing in court on January 28 for a criminal summons for simple assault.

New Bern residents hope to hit Powerball jackpot

Wednesday night's winning numbers are 47, 02, 63, 62, and 11. The Powerball is 17.

Local reaction to President Obama's executive orders on guns

NewsChannel12 got local reaction to President Obama's executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence in America.

Fourth of July fireworks returning to Ocracoke Island this summer

Ocracoke Island's fireworks show will return this year.

Shooting investigation underway in Greenville

A shooting investigation was underway in Greenville after a driver crashed their car trying to flee from authorities, according to police.

Burn victim medevaced to hospital by Coast Guard crew

The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a ship Saturday who had suffered burns to his arms and legs.

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Wayne County death investigation underway after woman shot in head

Wayne County deputies are investigating after a woman was shot in the head this morning and died from her injuries.

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Year in Review: Major Crime Stories of 2015

NewsChannel12's Leland Pinder takes a look back at major crime stories in 2015 which were also tragic stories of loss for several families in Eastern North Carolina.

Sewage spill in Morehead City contained

Untreated sewage overflowed from a broken sewer line in Morehead City.

Abandoned storage building catches fire in Rose Hill

No one was hurt when a abandoned storage building caught fire Wednesday morning.

Two men face drug possession, other charges

A traffic stop in Duplin County Tuesday has landed two men in jail on drug charges.

Fatal Pamlico County crash under investigation

The Highway Patrol said a person was killed in an crash Wednesday afternoon in Pamlico County.

Search continues for missing Warsaw man

Warsaw Police are asking for the public's help in locating Michael Emory Lynch, 59.

Midway Park entrance back open, JPD Hwy 24 traffic advisory expires

According to Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Director Nat Fahy, the entrance to the Camp Lejeune Midway Park Housing Complex is blocked off while authorities investigate a suspicious item left by an unknown driver.

JPD issues traffic advisory for Hwy 24 near Midway Park

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: 7PM, December 27, 2015: Due to an incident at a Midway Park location, NC24 between Holcomb Blvd and Piney Green Road will be closed for a short period. Please plan your travel to bypass this area.

Pedestrian struck, killed on Christmas Eve

The Highway Patrol said a man was killed on Christmas Eve after being hit by a car.

Good samaritan rescues three from capsized boat near Cape Lookout

A United States Coast Guard public affairs official tells NewsChannel12 a good samaritan rescued three people from a capsized boat Saturday afternoon.

Fatal crash victim remembered by friends & colleagues in New Bern

A bus driver at an assisted living community in New Bern was remembered by friends and colleagues Wednesday.

40 illegal gaming machines & nearly $300,000 seized in Jones County

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has released more information to illegal gaming operation in Jones County. A search warrant executed Monday is the culmination of a year long investigation.

CenturyLink working to restore phone & internet service in Jones Co.

CenturyLink utility workers are working to restore a major phone and internet outage in Jones County.

KDPS interim director hopes to build on successes during period of transition

Kinston Department of Public Safety interim director Greg Thompson has wrapped up day one on the job as of Monday evening.

Boy escapes nearly 60-foot fall from tree, story of rescue gains nat'l attention

A Duplin County boy had a close encounter nearly 60 feet off the ground. The child, mother and firefighters feared the worst.

KDPS Dir. assesses performance before retirement, community reacts

Kinston's top cop is stepping after nearly 5 years on the job. Bill Johnson is retiring this week. His last day is Friday.

Town leaders unanimously approve mixed-use development project

New commercial and residential development is on the way to Atlantic beach in Carteret County.

Ronda Rousey attends Marine Corps Ball with Camp Lejeune Marine

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey kept her promise to a Camp Lejeune Marines and attended the Marine Corps Ball on Friday night in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

New report says ENC could be hit hard by flu this year

The flu virus has already killed one person in North Carolina. The state department of health and human services reports it happened in October. Now a new report ranks Eastern North Carolina in the top five areas nationwide where the flu could hit hard this year.

Homeowner comments on death investigation as more info is released

Tuesday New Bern Police released more information in the case of a body found in the crawl space of an unoccupied home in downtown New Bern late last month. NewsChannel12 also reached the homeowner for comment on the case.