More Highlights for WRAL Documentaries
“Exploring Climate Change” is a documentary produced in 2015.
From Raleigh, North Carolina to Barrow, Alaska and back again, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and photojournalist Richard Adkins traveled the continent looking for answers on climate change. They spoke to leading climate scientists, as well as religion experts to understand the science of climate change, what changes we can already see affecting our state and why such a divide exists between scientists and the general public.
WRAL News reporter Leyla Santiago takes you inside Cuba, where many people are hopeful the change results in a better future. We will explore the potential opportunities ahead, including trade between the two countries. We’ll also explain how the North Carolina agriculture industry hopes to benefit.
“Inside Cuba” is a 30-minute documentary that looks at Cuba as it is now; its people, culture, and way of life. It also explores Cuba in the days, months, and years ahead as its relationship with the U.S. improves.
Aired October 21, 2015
Rio Grande Valley – a Texas community on the border of Mexico – is ground zero for the nation’s newest immigration crisis. More than 52,000 children, some as young as 2, have crossed the border alone, without a parent.
WRAL reporter Leyla Santiago and photojournalist Zac Gooch traveled to Texas to trace the path of the children, find out what kind of care they’re receiving and learn how the crisis is impacting North Carolina.
(produced in 2014)
The documentary garnered multiple awards, including the highly coveted Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award.
Leyla Santiago is now a correspondent for CNN.
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.
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.