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

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.

Traffic jam highway cars

AAA: New Bern is top destination for the Fourth of July in NC

According to AAA of the Carolinas, New Bern -- the state's colonial capital -- is one of the most visited places in our state on the Fourth of July.

Man charged for violating "Move Over" Law in wreck with trooper

A six-year veteran of the Highway Patrol in Lenoir County is back home and out of the hospital. He was involved in a serious crash Sunday night.

UPDATE: Dare Co. shark attack victim's condition improves

 A second shark attack in just two days was reported Saturday afternoon on the Outer Banks. This is he sixth shark attack along the North Carolina Coast this month.

Some residents at the Crystal Coast Apartments without A/C

Some tenants at a Morehead City apartment complex have been living without air conditioning, on and off, for about two months.

Carteret County officials issue rabid coyote warning

Carteret County Animal Control officers want people in one Morehead City community to be on the lookout for a possibly rabid coyote.

Jacksonville police looking for suspects using counterfeit bills

The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify suspects wanted for questioning regarding the use of counterfeit bills.

Funeral for man stabbed in James City will be Saturday

The funeral for the man who was killed in the parking lot of a James City gas station will be held Saturday morning.

UPDATE: Two teens mauled by shark on Brunswick Co. beach

Oak Island's mayor says a teenage girl was seriously injured after a shark bite this afternoon.

Onslow County Sheriff's Office employee in motorcycle wreck

A wreck involving a motorcycle and a truck sent an Onslow County Sheriff's Office employee to the hospital Sunday evening, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.


Missing Jacksonville man found, silver alert cancelled

A Silver Alert for a missing Jacksonville man has been cancelled.

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Police: Intoxicated pedestrian hit and killed

According to Pink Hill Police Chief Joey Thigpen, an intoxicated man is dead after being hit by a car Friday night.

Plymouth shooting victims identified

According to Plymouth Police Chief Willie Williams, two men were shot following an argument Friday night.


Fire at Kanapt Fiber Plant in Snow Hill

Greene County Emergency Management fire crews and emergency personnel were on the scene of a fire at the Kanapt Fiber Plant in Snow Hill.

Former governor, local mayor lend support to local United Way

The United Way of Coastal Carolina has launched its 2015 fundraising campaign and they're getting a helping hand from a former governor and a local mayor, both from eastern North Carolina.

Winterville, Trent Woods among top 10 safest cities in NC

A new report says two of the safest cities in North Carolina are in the eastern part of the state. The rankings, compiled by www.safewise.com a security organization, are based on numbers from FBI crime reports.

National Weather Service: EF-0 Tornado hit Tyrrell County

The National Weather Service and Tyrrell County Emergency Management officials spent their Friday surveying tornado damage.


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Officials confirm tornado touched down in Tyrrell County

The National Weather Service has confirmed storm damage early Thursday morning was caused by an EF0 tornado in Tyrrell County.

State House to vote on controversial religious objection bill on gay marriage

Wednesday, the State House will vote on a measure that could override the veto of a bill by Governor Pat McCrory allowing court officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if it goes against their personal religious beliefs.

Craven Terrace renovations on hold

Plans to renovate the Craven Terrace Apartments in New Bern are currently on hold due to concerns raised by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington D.C.

ECU cuts degree programs due to UNC system changes

According to the University of North Carolina system, Friday, the UNC Board of Governors voted to discontinue or consolidate 46 degree programs across the state.

New Bern Aldermen consider plan to decrease electricity rates

City of New Bern Aldermen are set to hear a presentation Tuesday night that could lead to a decrease in the amount city residents pay for electricity every month.

Atlantic Beach Condos condemned, slated for demolition

An older section of a long-standing vacation resort in Atlantic Beach has been condemned by the town and is set to be demolished in October.

Elderly man dies after being hit by car in grocery store parking lot

According to highway patrol an elderly man is killed the afternoon after being run over in a grocery store parking lot.