Briana Harper

POSTED: 1:29 PM Aug 11 2014   UPDATED: 1:32 PM Aug 15 2014

Briana Harper joined the WCTI news team in August 2014. She's a North Carolina native, born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Asheville.

Briana is a 2013 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Electronic Communications. While an undergrad, Briana interned at several television stations in the Raleigh-Durham area, including ABC 11, WRAL, and NBC-17.

Her journalism experience includes working as a multimedia journalist at GTN News in Gainesville, Fla. In this position, Briana had the opportunity to cover the VA Hospital investigations, as well as interview the Florida governor. Briana is also a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

When she isn't reporting, she enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with family.

If you have any story ideas for Briana, feel free to email her at You can also keep up with her latest stories via social media by following her on Twitter @BriHarper_TV or liking her Facebook page.

Briana's Most Recent Stories

Kinston community center works to combat violence & increase peace

Lovitt Hines Community Center in Kinston is opening it's doors to all the youth in the area promoting productivity and peace.

Jacksonville boy battling cancer surprised with new bedroom

A 12-year-old boy battling Leukemia in Jacksonville is surprised with a remodeled bedroom thanks to the help from community volunteers

Family seeks justice in ECU student's death

A mourning mother is teaming up with the Pitt County NAACP to seek justice in the case of a car crash that killed her daughter.

Pitt Co. increases courthouse security for upcoming murder trial

Courthouse security preps are underway in Pitt County. This comes just one month before the Farmville triple murder trial begins.

Beaufort Co. commissioners agree to fund nine teachers' assistants

In an unanimous vote, Beaufort County commissioners agree to use local money to fund nine teachers' assistants positions throughout the county.

Police: One dead in triple stabbing, two others hospitalized

Police said a triple stabbing in Greenville has now turned fatal. One of the three victims died.

Jacksonville officials agree to re-install playground equipment

Jacksonville officials agree to re-install playground equipment following outcry from neighborhood residents.

Peppertree Condos owners file appeal of condemnation

Lawyer Hope Carmichael for vacation resort Peppertree Condos in Atlantic Beach said as of Monday, the owners have filed an appeal of condemnation for some of its buildings.

(img1)Pitt County Schools Early College High School starts classes

Pitt County Schools Early College High School starts classes

It was a day of firsts in Pitt County as the Pitt County Schools Early College High School opened on Monday.

Names released of officer, individual involved in Greenville shooting

The names have been released of the officer and the individual involved in the shooting outside of Buffalo Wild Wings in Greenville late Friday night.

Family reacts to arrest in transgendered woman's murder

Mia Henderson's mother shares her relief to know the man accused of killing her transgendered son has been arrested and charged with murder.

Topsail Beach realtors use drones to market properties

Lewis Realty Associates in Topsail Beach plans to use drones to market properties and showcase a different vantage point to potential buyers.

Statewide training looks to prevent underage drinking

The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is launching a new campaign to highlight the dangers of underage drinking and advocate prevention.

Jacksonville celebrates National Night Out

Jacksonville celebrates its 17th Annual National Night Out to help fight crime and increase community and law enforcement cooperation.

Constant rain continuously floods Morehead City parking lot

A shopping center along Highway 70 in Morehead City continues to face rising waters following each heavy rain.

Disorder affecting trout found in NC river

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout, has been confirmed in rainbow trout collected from Watauga River.

Croatan Forest officials, public discuss target shooting ban

Officials at the Croatan National Forest hosted a public meeting to discuss ways to better manage the temporary ban on target shooting.

Maysville officials seek solutions following sewage spill

The town of Maysville will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss possible waste water solutions in the aftermath of the White Oak River sewage spill.

Damages awarded in wrongful death lawsuit

A Craven County jury awarded up to nearly $18,000 in damages as a result of a civil lawsuit that claims a local doctor's negligence played a part in a deadly crash.

Severe thunderstorms create flooding in Morehead City neighborhood

In the aftermath of Thursday's severe thunderstorms, flooding is still causing concern for some Carteret County residents.

Greenville transportation leaders gather public input

Transportation leaders in Greenville are asking for the public's feedback to figure out how to improve city roads.

Chocowinity solar farm brings economic and enviromental benefits

NewsChannel 12 toured the Chocowinity solar farm to learn more about its economic and environmental impact.

Confederate Flag Day debate draws support and opposition

Lenoir County Commissioners listened to public comment Monday night about  whether to continue flying the Confederate flag once a year on county courthouse grounds.

Pine Knoll Shores approves surf fishing restrictions

Pine Knoll Shores town commissioners unanimously approve an ordinance that would prohibit fishing in designated swimming areas.

Local restaurant encourages clean water initiative

RuckerJohns restaurant in Emerald Isle is recognized for its clean water initiative known as the QH2O campaign.

Cystic Fibrosis charity golf tournament continues to do good

Local supporters participate in the 29th annual Flounder Jubilee Charity Golf Tournament to help provide donations to those who suffer from the CF illness.

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Suspected child porn downloader to appear in court

The man considered North Carolina’s number one child porn downloader with over 800 images in his shared folder was arrested in Carteret County and was expected to make a court appearance Wednesday.

Crystal Coast tourism and business boom July 4th weekend

Crowds flock to the Crystal Coast to celebrate the July 4th holiday this weekend--that means big business for local hotels and restaurants.

Ayden police report home invasion, assault

Ayden Police responded to a home invasion, robbery and assault that took place Tuesday in Ayden.

Ocracoke Island shark attack victim identified

The victim of Wednesday's shark attack on Ocracoke Island has remained in fair condition Thursday, according to officials at Vidant Medical Center.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office calls off search for escaped felon

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said the search for an escaped felon fleeing on foot in an area between Richlands and Jacksonville has been called off. All leads have been exhausted, according to Miller.

New Bern continues to control mosquito population by spraying

New Bern Public Works continues its scheduled mosquito spraying program to help control the pest population

New Bern firefighter competes in World Police & Fire Games

Firefighter Nic Fortier will represent New Bern as he competes in the 2015 World Police & Fire Games.

New Bern pastors pushing for a positive change

A community gathering held Friday evening in New Bern focused on a group effort  to combat local violence and crime.

Camp van overturns; 2 children suffer broken bones

A rollover wreck involving a camp van filled with students sends nearly a dozen people to the hospital.

New changes to NC moped law

Changes to North Carolina's moped law could mean more costs for moped drivers.

Cooling businesses boom during heat wave

This early heat wave is warming things up for businesses that work to cool people down.

Vigil honors D.H. Conley drowning victim

Crowds gathered to honor and remember Devontae Dortch, a DH Conley HIgh School student who died in a drowning accident.

Lionfish taste testing looks to encourage a new commercial fish harvest

The North Carolina Sea Grant organization hosted a unique taste testing dinner in Morehead City featuring lionfish as the key ingredient.

Foscue Plantation Break-In

Historic home broken into, suspect on the run

The Foscue Plantation was broken into late Saturday night, according to officials in Jones County.

Pine Knoll Shores Parking

Pine Knoll Shores adds additional day for paid beach parking

Visitors to Pine Knoll Shores will have to pay an additional day to park this beach season.

Abortion Protest

Pro-choice advocates push Governor McCrory to veto abortion restriction bill

A statewide tour opposing House Bill 465 makes a stop in Eastern Carolina. It's an attempt to hold Governor Pat McCrory to his campaign promise not to support new abortion restrictions.

Brittany Jones Vigil

Family honors murder suicide victim's birthday

Three years later a New Bern family celebrates the birthday of Brittany Jones, the victim in a murder suicide from 2012.


Search continues for missing inmate

The inmate who escaped from Greene Correctional Center and is believed to have broken into a home and stolen a pickup truck, was still on the run Friday morning.

Covair Frost Vigil

Hundreds honor the life of former highschool football star

Members of the Maysville community gathered Wednesday evening to celebrate the life of Covair Frost who was shot and killed Monday Morning.

Ron Lane Memory

Friends remember Wayne Comm. College shooting victim

Friends reflect on the memory of Ron Lane, the Wayne Community Collgee employee who was shot and killed on campus Monday.


Community reacts to fatal shooting at Wayne Comm. College

Many in the Wayne County community were stunned to learn of a fatal shooting at Wayne Community College Monday morning.

GPD Body Cams

Proposed state bill could require all NC law enforcement to wear body cams

Proposed N.C. House Bill 537 hopes to mandate all North Carolina law enforcement officers wear body cams made available with the help of state funding.

Governor McCrory Visits

Gov. McCrory promotes benefits of Historic Tax Credit

Gov. Pat McCrory paid a visit to downtown New Bern as part of the Historic Tax Credit tour.

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Driver in medically-induced coma after being burned in tractor-trailer crash

New Bern Police say the driver of a tractor-trailer involved in crash Thursday morning has burns over 90% of his body and is in a medically-induced coma.