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Highlights for Ongoing News Coverage

  • NOAA Hurricane Hunter Aircraft

    WRAL News photographer Richard Adkins flew into the eye of a storm named Irene, August 2011. You’ll see what happens inside this special aircraft referred to as a “Hurricane Hunter” as it criss-crosses through a hurricane.

    Adkins wrote and shot this story. It is voiced by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree.

    Hold on to your seat as you watch!

  • Tar Heel Tartans

    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” photo essay by Bill Leslie

    “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.

  • Miracle on the Hudson US Airways Flight 1549

    On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City headed to Charlotte, North Carolina. However, three minutes into the flight, a flock of geese flew into the path of the airliner resulting in massive damage to the engines. Captain Chesley”Sully” Sullenberger and pilot Jeff Skiles were forced to land the aircraft, an Airbus 320, in the Hudson River. The miracle was that all survived the water landing.

    US Airways is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. A “family reunion” of sorts was held in the Charlotte City Chambers for the passengers and crew of the flight. Pat McCrory, then Mayor of Charlotte and future NC Governor, presented passengers and crew commemorative items.

    WRAL News Reporter Ken Smith.

  • WRAL news coverage of Haiti Earthquake 2010

    On January 12, 2010 Haiti was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The devastation was enormous. Many countries responded with humanitarian aide, including the United States. Locally, Pediatrician William C. Carr, MD, and Family Physician Lawrence J. Watts, MD, served on the medical mission organized by Global Medical Outreach of Sampson County.

    WRAL News anchor David Crabtree and photographer Keith Baker spent a week in Haiti covering the work performed by Sampson County physicians. They set up make-shift clinics and provided healthcare under primitive conditions. Crabtree and Baker were pressed into service by holding equipment and providing light from the news camera.

    Watch these two stories to gain insight into what Crabtree and Baker witnessed up close and personal.

    WRAL sent other reporters, photographers and engineers to Haiti to cover the devastation. This is just a glimpse into the coverage.

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