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

New Bern airport leaders considering new rental car fee to pay for improvements

You could pay more when you rent a car at New Bern's airport.

New Bern Chamber hosts Honeybaked Ham ribbon cutting

Dozens of people gathered for a ribbon cutting at a new Honeybaked Ham store on S. Glenburnie Road Tuesday.

Theatre showcase & fundraiser pays tribute to Orlando victims

A local theatre group paid tribute to the Orlando shooting victims Tuesday night. A showcase took place at the Masonic Theatre in downtown New Bern where a special song entitled "Pulse" was performed along with several other acts. The event was a fundraiser for a summer theater camp. A portion of the money will also go toward a fund for the victims and their families.

Greenville leaders hope Horizons 2026 is step in right direction for future planning

Greenville city leaders unveiled a long-range plan they hope will better prepare everyone for the growth that's expected for the city.

Cape Carteret Police working to identify restaurant breakin suspect

Cape Carteret Police are looking for a man who was caught on surveillance video breaking into a restaurant.

Expert offers advice on ways prevent an alligator attack

Here in eastern North Carolina we're no strangers to alligators so were asking experts at Pine Knoll Shores aquarium how you can stay safe if you ever encounter one.


Precautions to take to prevent alligator attack

With the recent tragic news of a two-year-old who was killed by an alligator in Florida, we spoke with officials on what to do to avoid that happening here.

Greenville community mourns, honors Orlando shooting victims

Greenville has joined other communities around the world gathering to remember the Orlando shooting victims.

Funding recommended to stay flat for Onslow Fire & Rescue agencies in fiscal year

Following a budget workshop Monday, Onslow County leaders recommended none of the county's fire and rescue agency's receive any extra funding this fiscal year. They'll be paid the same amount as last fiscal year.

Local LGBT residents, supporters react to Orlando mass shooting

We talked not only with a member of the ECU LGBT community but also to those who attended a vigil at Union Point Park in New Bern Sunday evening.

Pulse nightclub shooting

Orlando shooting leaves at least 50 dead

The shooting in Orlando early Sunday morning is described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and the biggest event since 9/11.

Shark bites teen in Atlantic Beach, witnesses recall moments after

The Atlantic Beach Fire Department confirms firefighters responded to a call for a shark bite Saturday afternoon.

Man found dead inside home destroyed by fire in Carteret County

Carteret County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a fatal fire in Carteret County.

Riders left dangling in the air after power outage at amusement park

A power outage has stranded visitors on at least three rides at a North Carolina amusement park.

vanceboro fire

Dog alerts family to motorhome fire which spread to garage

A family's motorhome caught fire while it was parked in the driveway in Craven County. The fire then spread to their garage.

School bus driver off the job after texting while driving investigation

A Craven County Schools bus driver is off the job after an investigation into a texting and driving incident.  Texting while driving is illegal for anyone in North Carolina.

Storm damage reported in Vanceboro Sunday night

Emergency officials in Craven County reported several trees and power lines down in Vanceboro Sunday night.

Plymouth Police investigating two shootings this week

Two shootings in Plymouth since Sunday have the town's police department investigating. The first one happened Sunday and the second took place Wednesday night.

Washington County school put on temporary lockdown after threat communicated

Pines Elementary School in Washington County was put on lockdown Thursday morning after a threat was made to a school employee.

AAA: Next 100 days deadliest on roads, especially for teens

AAA is issuing a warning to drivers on the road this summer.

Final leg of U.S. 70 Goldsboro bypass opened ahead of Memorial Day

The N.C. Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting Friday to officially open the completed U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass to traffic Friday morning.

Greenville Police looking for suspects in Target larceny, one who bit employee on arm

The Greenville Police Department is asking for help locating two women they said stole from a local Target location, one of them who bit an employee when confronted.

Shooting investigation underway in Craven County

A shooting investigation is underway in Craven County after a man was shot and sent to the hospital.

UPDATE: Arrest made in Lenoir County stabbing investigation

A man is recovering in the hospital after he was stabbed in Lenoir County.

Two years after fire, VFD still closed despite new building

Some firefighters in Carteret County are ready to work but their fire station that burned down two years ago and was rebuilt last year is still not open. Another department is still covering their calls.

Military General: 94 F-35 jets coming to Cherry Point in 2021

A top-ranking military general brought good news to Eastern North Carolina Tuesday.

Survey on new grocery store in Oriental sees high participation

New jobs and a brand new grocery store are headed to Oriental this summer. Earlier this year the closure of a Wal-Mart Express left many without access to groceries.

Investigators working to determine cause in fatal kennel fire

Investigators were back at the scene Tuesday of fatal kennel fire looking for a cause. So far they have been able to determine the fire started in a storage room. The have also ruled out arson or any suspicious activity.

Authorities still investigating New Bern kennel fire

Authorities were back at the scene of a devastating kennel fire that killed 25 dogs early Monday morning.

Pitt County EMS gets high rating from CARES

Recent data released by "CARES" shows cardiac patients in Pitt County are making it back home from the hospital at a high rate.

Abandoned dog rescued, gets new home in Duplin Co.; suspect sought

A dog was possibly thrown from a vehicle in our area. Now, he’s being taken care of by the Duplin County animal shelter as the search for the person who did this continues.

Craven Co. Schools Superintendent headed to Wilson County

The Craven County School Board is looking for a new superintendent to lead the school district.

Citizens ask Pitt Co. DA to release video from St. Patrick's Day assault

The case surrounding the March 17th assault of a 26-year-old black man by what has been described a mob of white assailants is under scrutiny in Greenville.

Greenville police hope red-light camera program proves beneficial

Greenville Police are hoping a new tool will help them nab red-light runners, at no cost to the community.

Police chase crosses county lines, ends with motorcycle crash

A police chase that began in Duplin County early Monday morning ended with the suspect crashing their motorcycle in Onslow County, according to the Highway Patrol.

Dozens gather in Sneads Ferry to "Burn out the Stigma"

An Onslow County community hit hard by drug addiction came together Wednesday night to remember two lives recently lost and those who have died before.

Transgender teen seeks meeting with governor about HB2

A transgender boy in Pitt County wants to sit down with the governor to discuss transgender issues and House Bill two.

Some cancelling Crystal Coast vacations due to House Bill 2

A state law that some argue legalizes discrimination is now making waves along our local beaches.

Cross-county police chase, manhunt over, two in custody

A manhunt involving a helicopter and K-9s is over. Two people are now in custody after allegedly leading Lenoir County deputies on a chase into Jones County Wednesday.

Cause of massive Lenoir County house fire under investigation

Investigators are back at the scene today where an 8,000 square foot home in Lenoir County was destroyed by fire.

Minority male summit engages youth in Greenville

Dozens of young black men and several mentors gathered for the 5th annual Minority Male Summit in Greenville on Saturday.

Mass casualty training exercise prepares Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune

Staff at Naval Hospital Camp Lejuene tested their preparedness Tuesday in the event of a mass casualty emergency. The scenario was an explosion nearby.

Engineers advise caution during bridge construction in New Bern

Drivers on New Bern's Trent River Bridge are advised to use extra caution over the next several weeks.A $3.8 million construction project is underway. 

Police investigating after teens shot in Washington

Washington Police are investigating after two teens showed up to a local hospital seeking care for gunshot wounds.

Thrift store supports drug abuse rehab, detox program for women

A retired drug detective is using her experience to start a new career to help women who are addicted to drugs and other vices.

Downtown Kinston to get much needed hotel space

Downtown Kinston's ongoing revitalization has the community looking forward to new, much needed, hotel space.

Update: No charges will be filed in fatal Beaufort County wreck

The Highway Patrol  tells NewsChannel12 a fatal accident is under investigation in Beaufort County.