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

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

Report: Shark attack reported in Outer Banks

A fifth North Carolina shark attack was reported Friday afternoon — this time in the Outer Banks.

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.

truck fire crash

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.

Local Lottery Winner

Ayden man wins $30k from Power Play ticket

Kelly Webber of Ayden wins $30,000 from winning Power Play ticket.


Cherry Point welcomes Marines home

More than 160 Cherry Point Marines return home following a 6-month deployment overseas.

911 Communications Center

Jones & Lenoir counties bring upgrades to E-911 system

911 system improvements are underway at the communications center shared between Jones and Lenoir counties.

New Bern man witnesses Hwy 70 crash; shares details and reaction

A New Bern man witnesses his close friend driving a pick-up truck collide with an ambulance as it responds to a medical emergency.

Sigma Phi Epsilon house in Greenville

UPDATE: Police questioning "person involved" in ECU frat sex assault

Sigma Phi Epsilon continued its suspension at East Carolina University Monday but police were questioning a man involved who was not an ECU student.

Marijuana Video In Middle school

Marijuana video shown in Carteret Co. classroom sparks parent concern

A video highlighting Colorado's marijuana industry is shown in one Broad Creek Middle School class and some parents say it's inappropriate.

School Consolidation

Carteret County considers middle school consolidation

The Carteret County Board of Education held a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to hear a recommendation to consolidate and restructure the county middle schools.

All clear for ECU students after alert sent for strong-arm robbery in dorm

The all clear has been given to East Carolina University students after an alert was sent out Tuesday evening warning of a strong armed robbery in Clement Hall.

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Chase ending in crash sends two to hospital

Two people were sent to the hospital after troopers say a high-speed chase lead to a truck flipping several times and landing on top of an SUV.

Police sort out charges against Jacksonville woman

Jacksonville Police have charged a woman allegedly involved in a long chase on Wednesday afternoon.

School Redistricting

Public meeting discusses Onslow Co. school redistricting concerns

The Onslow County School Board hosts a public meeting to discuss the impact of  a possible school redistricting plan.

Sheriff Chris Davis

Pamlico Sheriff gets money to help fight drugs

County commissioners approve money for new narcotics investigator positions.

After weight loss, military mom to receive gift of free plastic surgery

Tis the season for giving but instead of giving gift cards or toys, one plastic surgeon is giving the gift of a confidence to a local military mom.

Cheap Holiday Gas

Holiday travel brings the gift of lower gas prices

Just in time for one of the busiest holiday travel times of the year-- drivers can expect to see the lowest gas prices since 2009.