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 officers join NBPD, woman shows supports for cops in unique way

Four new police officers have joined the force in New Bern. A swearing in ceremony at city hall Monday made it official.


GPD's new gun violence reduction unit already making an impact

A new Greenville Police gun violence reduction unit is already making a difference getting two guns off the streets in just the past few weeks.


Teacher, coach accused of sex with student appears in court

A North Lenoir High School teacher who is charged with having sex with a student made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Pitt NAACP, ECU students address recent shootings involving police

Pitt County NAACP leaders held a press conference Monday and said they are committed to fighting against injustice and inequality and that violence is never the answer.

ECU students hold peaceful protest in wake of recent shootings

A Black Lives Matter protest was held on the East Carolina University campus in the wake of two recent police-involved shooting deaths.

Power restored after barge takes down powerlines over Trent River

Some people in New Bern lost their air conditioning when the power went out this Tuesday afternoon.

Attorney General: Clinton e-mail investigation closed

FBI Director James Comey is headed to Capitol Hill Thursday morning to detail for Congress why he recommended no charges against Hillary Clinton.

Fourth of July storms bring down tree on family's home

A Craven County family is without at home after strong storms on the Fourth of July sent a tree crashing through their roof.

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N.C. House Representative arrested on DWI charge

An N.C. House Representative for Craven, Greene and Lenoir Counties has been arrested for DWI in Kinston.

Boxing program aims to enrich area youth

A new program just getting started in New Bern aims to be a constructive outlet for the city's youth.

Carteret County business to be featured on HGTV show

An Eastern North Carolina business is getting some national exposure on the HGTV network.

Some upset over aldermen's selection of new board member

Tuesday night, in a 4-2 vote, New Bern Alderman selected current New Bern Housing Authority board member E.T. Mitchell to fill the Ward 3 vacancy left by Pat Schiable who resigned.

Shark Attacks

Second shark bite this month reported in Atlantic Beach

A 11-year-old Carteret County boy was bitten by a shark Saturday afternoon.

One hospitalized after rollover wreck in New Bern

A person was taken to the hospital after rollover wreck in New Bern Saturday evening.

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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