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

Wreck Driver Charged

Fatal wreck in Craven County still under investigation

 The Highway Patrol is investigating a serious wreck in Craven County.

Smoldering silo has crews working around the clock

Farmville Fire Chief Lee Keel tells NewsChannel12 crews are trying to prevent a fire from igniting inside a silo.

Former New Bern High High star out of jail after drug arrest

A former New Bern High School football star is now out of jail on bond following an arrest for marijuana possession.

Newport woman camping out for new TV on Black Friday

A Newport woman is ready to cash in on Black Friday deals and steals. Sharon Ford is the first in line at Best Buy in Morehead City.

Potential uses for farmers market property go before city aldermen

Tuesday night, at their regularly scheduled meeting, New Bern aldermen got an update on proposed uses for the site of the downtown farmers market.

Kiwanis Clubs provide Thanksgiving meals to 100 families

An Onslow County group is helping families in need celebrate a happy holiday tradition.

One shot in Duplin County, arrest warrants issued for suspect

The Duplin County Sheriff's  Office is on the hunt for a suspect after an early morning shooting Saturday.

ECU forum sheds light on worldwide refugee crisis, focuses on Syria

ECU students packed a lecture hall in the Rivers Building Wednesday night to learn about refugee crisis around the world.

Pamlico Co. courts official in fair condition following serious wreck

A multi-vehicle accident Tuesday in Pamlico County resulted in one person being airlifted to the hospital.

ECU students, community gather for vigil for victims of terrorism

More than 100 people showed up Monday night for a candlelight vigil on ECU's campus to remember victims of terrorism including the recent attacks on Paris.

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ECU students show support for victims of terrorist attacks through vigil

Students at East Carolina University gathered to remember the victims of the deadly Paris terror attack last week. NewsChannel 12's Leland Pinder spoke with a student who's parents were in Paris.

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ECU professor talks about plans for vigil for terrorism victims

NewsChannel 12's Leland Pinder interviewed an East Carolina University professor about the reason behind the vigil for the terrorism victims in Paris.

Luminaries lit in New Bern to honor veterans

Wednesday evening people headed to the courthouse in Downtown New Bern to light luminaries to honor veterans and their many sacrifices.

State workers rally for higher wages and union rights

Organizers call it the "Fight for 15." Fast food workers throughout the country marched in the streets Tuesday.

Family says dog stolen, police investigating

A family in Cape Carteret says their dog was stolen by a woman who claimed to rescues animals.

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Beaufort swears in new police chief

New Beaufort police chief Paul Burdette Jr. took his oath during the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night.

Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show gets Christmas season started

People along the the Crystal Coast are already getting in the Christmas spirit.

Elementary school on normal schedule following water main break

Craven County Schools spokesperson Jennifer Wagner said Bangert Elementary School is not affected by the water main break in Trent Woods. Wagner said the school will be operating as normal on Thursday.

Racist graffiti found in ECU residence hall over weekend

East Carolina University police are investigating what they call "racist graffiti and hate speech" found in a residence hall over the weekend.

Two candidates running to be next mayor of Beaufort

Incumbent, Mayor Richard Stanley and newcomer to local politics, Louis Hicks, are running to be Beaufort's next mayor.

Deputies continue investigation into body found in burned vehicle

The Greene County Sheriff's Office launched a homicide investigation following the discovery of a body in a burned vehicle.

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Gun shop's 'freedom of speech' sign creating lots of talk

A gun shop in Martin County has been flashing a sign with a disparaging word on its marquee that has people talking.

New fire station proposed in Beaufort to keep up with growth

Firefighters in a Carteret County town are hoping town leaders will green light construction of a new multi-million dollar fire station.

Funeral services held for Greenville stabbing victim

Funeral services were held Sunday for a Greenville man stabbed to death last Monday.

New Bern Police seek suspect in early morning stabbing

A suspect is on the run after a stabbing in New Bern early Sunday morning.

County selling old Beaufort Elementary School

Carteret county commissioners voted this week to sell an old dilapidated building that was once a landmark in the community.

Zero tolerance policy aims to prevent repeat of Greenville Halloween riot

A Halloween notice turns up on hundreds of door steps in Greenville's River Walk community. In the letter from property management residents are informed of a new zero tolerance policy.

Edenton Police seek two suspects on attempted murder charges

Edenton Police have issued warrants for two men on attempted murder charges. Jabazz Long, 20, and Linward Bailey III, 21, are wanted by police.

New Bern attempted armed robbery suspect at large

New Bern Police said two people escaped an attempted armed robbery unhurt.

Fourth arrest made in fatal Pamlico County home invasion

According to the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office a fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with a fatal home invasion that occurred one week ago.

Newport Police seeking larceny suspect

Do you recognize this man? He's wanted for larceny by the Newport Police Department.

Author Nicholas Sparks discusses latest book on WCTI

Nicholas Sparks new book "See Me"  hits store shelves today. Sparks stopped by NewsChannel12's studio Tuesday morning ahead of the release to discuss the book in a live interview segment.

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.