Highlights for Bill Leslie
America’s Favorite Journey: The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most popular destination in our national park system, hosting about 17 million visitors a year.
Nearly half the 469-mile route runs through North Carolina, including its highest elevations. Some of the parkway’s iconic features are in our state, including its highest peak and the Linn Cove Viaduct at Grandfather Mountain.
Visitors to the parkway generate more than $2 billion dollars a year for mountain communities. Its biological diversity, rich history and its parks and trails make the parkway a valuable educational and recreational resource.
Host: WRAL News anchor Bill Leslie
Producer/writer: Clay Johnson
Photographer/editor: Jay Jennings
America’s Favorite Journey’ aired June 29, 2010 on WRAL-TV.
Tar Heel Tartans!
WRAL news anchor Bill Leslie and news photographer Rick Armstrong document North Carolina native Bill Caudill’s search for his Scottish ancestral homeland. Along the way they meet an artist, visit castles, watch Bill Caudill participate in a bagpipe competition and learn about the significance of the tartan.
Enjoy this six part series produced in May, 1986 and aired prior to the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans in July, 1986. You will discover that the people in Scotland have a high regard for the gathering that takes place every year near Linville, North Carolina.
Bill Caudill is Director of the Scottish Heritage Center and Instructor of the College Pipe Band at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
“Give Thanks for Carolina” was primarily shot and edited by WRAL news photographer Rick Armstrong and set to music composed and performed by WRAL news anchor Bill Leslie.
As the dramatic colors in the WRAL Azalea Gardens are reaching their peak, WRAL-TV Anchor Bill Leslie got together with photographer Bob Ayers for a visual and musical stroll down the piney paths in this 2017 production. WRAL.com VIDEO: Amazing
The NC State Parks has recognized WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Bill Leslie for his contributions to a documentary for the organization’s centennial. “Last year NC State Parks officials ask me to narrate ‘Here In This Place’– a 30 minute documentary detailing the