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  • WRAL documentary STATE OF INEQUALITY

    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.

  • CRISIS in KOSOVO NC Reaches OUt

    Capitol Broadcasting Company recognizes the vast impact its broadcasting networks can have on our community, and uses them to help provide critical information in times of disaster and need. Sometimes that need is in another country.

    In 1999, WRAL-TV stepped in to help victims across the globe with “Crisis In Kosovo: North Carolina Reaches Out.” The award-winning documentary gave viewers an opportunity to call in donations. The program helped raise over $150,000 for the American Red Cross, Church World Service and Samaritan’s Purse to use in Kosovo. Even though the need was half way around the world from North Carolina, WRAL viewers stepped in to help meet it.

    WRAL News anchors David Crabtree and Pam Saulsby talk with WRAL reporter Mark Roberts, who shared his insights from his recent assignment in Kosovo. Prior to this production, Roberts and news photographer Joe Frieda had been on a ten-day assignment to cover life in several Albanian refugee camps, traveling to the Albanian capital of Tirana filing reports on the conditions under which the refugees were forced to live.

    Senior Producer Phyllis Parish won a silver Telly Award for her writing and producing this WRAL-TV documentary. The station also won recognition for its general reporting on the crisis. WRAL received a Special Report First Place Award for coverage of the “Crisis in Kosovo” from the Radio and Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas Awards for 2000.

  • 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.

  • 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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