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    The half-hour WRAL documentary “State of Inequality” examines the wealth divide between people and places in North Carolina. It profiles someone in the top one-percent and someone living below the poverty line. It looks at their common bonds, different paths and their shared view on the issue of income inequality. The documentary also profiles Wake and Bertie counties and examines why they are on opposite ends of the prosperity scale. “State of Inequality” also explores the effects of wealth disparity and possible solutions to lessen its impact.

    “State of Inequality” is hosted by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree. Produced and written by Clay Johnson.

    The documentary was shot in 4K High Dynamic Range and broadcasted in High Definition. Aired Thursday, March 16, 2017.

  • Kate Smith An American Treasure

    WRAL News anchor Charlie Gaddy produced/wrote this documentary about Kate Smith, “Songbird of the South,” that aired June 1986. Smith may be best known for her rendition of the song “God Bless America.” In 1982, President Ronald Reagan awarded Smith with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

    On June 17, 1986, Smith died at the age of 79 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Charlie Gaddy served as a pallbearer at her funeral.

    Documentary credits: Jay Jennings – Associate Producer/Editor, Bob Gubar – Post Production Director, Kevin Duffus – Studio Director, Art Anderson and Doug Peedin – Studio Design.

  • Charlie Gaddy in China

    Charlie catches a lift on a Chinese street car during visit to produce a WRAL documentary.

  • Susan Dahlin wins EMMY award

    Susan Dahlin, best known as co-host of PM Magazine, was also an excellent producer. Susan produced the 1991 investigative documentary “A Very Giving Person: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story.” She was convicted of killing her boyfriend by slipping arsenic into his food, and is suspected of killing three other people and nearly killing another in the same manner.

    No matter the subject matter, Dahlin was very capable of tackling diverse subjects and brought a high level of professionalism and integrity to her productions. She received the regional EMMY award in 1991. Bob Sadler served as photographer on this documentary.

  • Billy Graham A Simple Country Preacher

    WRAL News anchor David Crabtree introduces this 1997 retrospective feature on Reverend Billy Graham. The documentary was produced, written, reported by WRAL News anchor/reporter Bill Leslie. Bill interviews Billy Graham, his daughter – Anne Graham Lotz, his son – Franklin Graham.

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