More Highlights for Renee McCoy
Enjoy watching a compilation of newscasts featuring coverage of the 1992 NCAA Basketball Final Four and championship game. Spoiler alert! Duke University won the championship.
WRAL sent a news and sports team to cover the excitement of the event. You’ll meet the student who was the Duke Blue Devil in 1992.
This 1987 news promo showcases the Team of Specialists. Renee McCoy handled “Call for Action.” Denise Boyer specialized in health related stories called “Medical Beat.” Tina Seldin reported on money matters called “Money Desk.” Nina Szlosberg delved deeper into stories called “In Depth” and Bill Leslie reported on human interest stories specific to North Carolina.
The lead story on WRAL News, April 7, 1990 was the resignation of NCSU Basketball coachJim Valvano. The news consumed the “A” block, or first segment of the newscast.
Valvano was a charismatic, popular coach who encouraged and inspired his players to a remarkable win of the NCAA Basketball Championship in 1983. The team was referred to as the “Cardiac Pack” due to their buzzer beater wins that advanced them to the next bracket toward the championship.
Controversy grew from accusations in a book, Personal Fouls, by Peter Golenbock. A 1989 NCAA investigation cleared Valvano. Six separate entities investigated Valvano and the NC State basketball program including the NC State Faculty Senate, the North Carolina Attorney General, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, the NC State Board of Trustees, and the NCAA. None of them found any recruiting or financial improprieties. Under subsequent pressure from the school’s faculty and Chancellor, Valvano negotiated a settlement with NC State and resigned as basketball coach.
WRAL Noon newscast aired September 11, 2001. WRAL News anchors Bill Leslie and Renee McCoy update viewers on local reaction to the terrorist attack, including reports from Fort Bragg (Army) and Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro. Other reporters include Tom Lawrence at Raleigh/Durham airport, Mark Roberts at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, Melissa Buscher at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, Brian Bowman at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, and Fred Taylor in Raleigh. In Studio A,WRAL News Anchor David Crabtree interviewed four ministers representing the Catholic, Episcopal, Muslim, and Jewish faith communities.
The coverage includes coverage by CBS News with news anchor Dan Rather and CBS news correspondents.
September 11, 2001 is the day terrorists unleashed an attack on America by crashing four commercial airliners filled with passengers into locations in the eastern United States. The first two planes were deliberately flown by the terrorists, who hijacked the airplanes, into the Twin Towers in New York City. A third aircraft was deliberately crashed into the Pentagon, headquarters of the US Military, and a fourth aircraft was retaken by passengers and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, thereby preventing the aircraft from reaching its intended target. Some have speculated that it was destined to crash into the White House.
News Highlights of 1991 include the following stories. Coverage of the war in Iraq and Kuwait feature reports live from the field and interviews with troops from Fort Bragg, Pope AFB and Seymour Johnson AFB. Other highlights from 1991 include the explosion and fire at the Imperial Food plant in Hamlet where many employees were killed due to locked doors. Crew members aboard the Navy ship USS Raleigh were caught violating policy by dumping garbage overboard into the ocean. A congressional hearing followed in response to that act. Reporter/anchor Bill Leslie demonstrates what it is like to fight a fire. Duke University wins the NCAA Championship by defeating the Jayhawks of the University of Kansas.