WNCT has added two meteorologists to its weather team.
Virginia was NewsChannel 12′s morning anchor for 26 years, and the first African-American anchor in Eastern North Carolina. She joined our station 1976.
She worked alongside Skip Waters during her career. The two were close friends – and stayed in touch up until Skip’s passing.
Virginia had one stroke in the 1990′s and rallied from that to work again. She then had a major stroke in 2002 and had to stop working.
The veteran broadcaster is believed to have died of natural causes at his home. WCTI general manager Lyle Schulze said
“he called me [Monday] night at 7 o’clock and said he was feeling much better and he was looking forward to coming in to work [Tuesday].”
The news of Waters’ death led the station’s late newscast. WCTI shared tributes from some of the many colleagues Waters worked with over the years:
Skip returned to North Carolina in June 1982 to work at NewsChannel 12. He has tracked numerous hurricanes that impacted Eastern Carolina, including Bertha and Fran in 1996, Dennis and Floyd in 1999, Isabel in 2003, Ophelia in 2005, Irene in 2011, Sandy in 2012, and Arthur this year.
Skip is also known for his involvement in the community. He made hundreds of school visits each year.
“He never seemed to forget a face. He never seemed to forget a name,” said anchor Jaime McCutcheon. “You’d work events with him and anyone who came up to him, he’d remembered exactly where the last time he was that he saw them. And he would even remember something special about each and every person. He learned something about every person. We’d never forget that.”
The former contestant on “Survivor: The Australian Outback” worked as a reporter at WPIX in New York before coming to WNCT in 2012 to work as an anchor. He’s also worked at WWMT in Grand Rapids, Mich., WGHP in Greensboro and KCBS in Los Angeles.
Before working in local news, he was an entertainment reporter who has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Xtra. he has also been a featured correspondent on E! News and the TV Guide Network.
Jackson is the chief meteorologist at WWAY in Wilmington, NC. He has worked at the station for 16 years.
StarNews online reports his last day at WWAY will be next Friday.
Jackson said he and his wife, who has accepted her own position as a biology instructor at a nearby university, have been talking about moving closer to where they grew up for a while. But the decision to leave WWAY is not something he took lightly.
“I have been established here for a long time, and the viewers and the station have been very supportive of me,” Jackson said. “So it was a difficult decision to make, but the timing was right and the opportunity was a good fit for us.”
WNCT VP & GM Vickie Jones confirmed with TVSpy, Schultz starts next Monday.
A WNCT spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy, Johansen was no longer with the station.
Green will co-anchor with Jeff Varner on the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.
“We’re thrilled to have Angela joining the 9 On Your Side News team,” said news director Ingrid Johansen in a statement. “She brings her experience, dedication and passion to the News Desk.”
“It’s not an easy position to fill,” KWWL news director Dan Schillinger said in a statement. “But Amanda has the skills and the qualities we look for in a lead anchor. Her style and stories fit well with what we do here.”
Goodman begins at KWWL on July 8 and will anchor the evening newscasts beginning July 31. The official announcement from KWWL is after the jump. Read more
Jones, a graduate of Ohio State University, joins WNCT from The Ohio News Network, where he was the weekend morning meteorologist.
“We are thrilled to have Dontae joining the 9 On Your Side team, bringing his weather knowledge and engaging personality to our viewers across Eastern North Carolina,” news director Ingrid Johansen said in a statement.
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