News13 News Team
Aaron Adelson - Reporter
AARON ADELSON is an EMMY winning Reporter covering Western North Carolina Monday through Friday on the early evening and late news on WLOS and WYMA.
Aaron comes to Asheville from Lexington, KY. At WTVQ, two of the biggest stories he covered were the U.S. Senate election between Mitch McConnell and his challenger as well as the 2014 University of Kentucky basketball team’s march to the Final Four.
Prior to moving to Kentucky, Aaron worked in Sioux City, IA as a Reporter/Producer. At KCAU, he covered the Iowa Caucus and a 500-year flood.
Aaron is a native of Philadelphia, and graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.
Ashlea Surles - Reporter
ASHLEA SURLES joined the WLOS News Team in October 2012 as the Rutherford bureau reporter, covering Rutherford, Polk and McDowell counties. She comes to News 13 from WDAM in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she worked as a reporter.
Her highlights there include an investigation into homeless tent cities surrounding the city and talking with the folks living there, and investigating the history behind America's only nuclear test site East of the Rocky Mountains. Prior to WDAM Ashlea worked at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and NBC News Washington as a digital journalist producing pieces for the web. Before NBC, she was a reporter for The Jordan Times, in Amman, Jordan, a desk assistant at the PBS NewsHour, and a production assistant at WJBK in Detroit. Ashlea graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in history. In her free time, Ashlea loves to be outdoors exploring Western North Carolina with her mutt Ernie.
She enjoys fishing, hiking, reading, golfing, cooking (or trying to) and throwing a mean Frisbee.
Darcel Grimes - Anchor
DARCEL GRIMES is the anchor of News 13 at 5, 6 and 11pm, as well as News 13 on My 40 at 10 pm.
She has spent more than three decades as an Anchor/Reporter here in Western North Carolina.
In 1981, Darcel accepted a job at WLOS as the night side reporter, co-anchor of the 11pm Monday through Friday newscast, and host of a Saturday news magazine show, known as "Mainstreet". In January of 1983, WLOS management asked Darcel to co-anchor the 6pm newscast as well as the 11pm.
Darcel has become a familiar face in hundreds of thousands of households in North and South Carolina.While Darcel loves anchoring, she has a passion for reporting. Her Health reports which ranged from the heart wrenching stories of kids and cancer to the medical breakthrough of invitro fertilization have won awards.
Her special reports from Israel, "The Holy Land", raised money for local charities. When Good Morning America came to Asheville, Darcel represented WLOS with an insightful report on Acid Fog, followed by a question and answer with Charlie Gibson. In her years with the station, she has also covered a political convention, a Presidential Inauguration, the visits of Prince Charles, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin.
Darcel began her career as an anchor/reporter at an all news radio station in Jackson, Mississippi. As a child, growing up in Washington, D.C., she dreamed of becoming a journalist. Little did she know her dream would take her so far from the people she loves and the place she called home.
"I think the hardest decision I ever made was to leave Washington and move to Mississippi. But I did." And for Darcel, the move paid off. She spent six months at the radio station in Jackson, before landing a job as a reporter at a television station in Tupelo, Mississippi. After a month on the job, the News Director asked her to fill in for the 10pm anchor, and Darcel has been a news anchor ever since. As an anchor and reporter in Mississippi, Darcel covered civil rights protests, the reapportionment of the Mississippi Legislature, and the Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.
Darcel is married. She and her husband have two sons. When asked her formula for success, she answers, "hard work, perseverance and prayer."
Darren Botelho - Reporter
DARREN BOTELHO joined the WLOS Greenville bureau in October 2014 as a weekday general assignment reporter.
Prior to joining the News 13 team, Darren covered three parishes (counties) in Southwest Louisiana for KLFY-TV 10. Throughout his nearly two years in The Pelican State, Darren covered a wide-range of stories, from chemical plant explosions to Mardi Gras. Before moving to Acadiana, Darren worked for a stock exchange and C-SPAN.
While attending the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park, Darren held several internships at CNN and National Public Radio, though his degree focus was print. After graduating—with the help of ESPN panelist Prof. Kevin Blackistone—Darren became published with a story about former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth’s charity Baltimore BORN.
When Darren isn’t working, he enjoys playing blackjack, eating, skiing, and golfing. He looks forward to exploring the Upstate.
Evan Donovan - Reporter
EVAN DONOVAN grew up in Raleigh and worked at News 14 Carolina in Fayetteville before joining the News 13 team.
Evan brings a wealth of experience in the business world to his role at News 13. He started out of college as a trader at a prestigious hedge fund, and then managed an ATM installation business in London for five years. But he always knew his true calling was journalism. He pursued that dream when he moved back to the US after a brief stint in Australia. Evan began his broadcasting career in radio, first on a rock station morning show and then as a producer and on-air voice in sports radio before moving over to television news.
Evan graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce. When he's not working, Evan enjoys playing sports, trying new local eateries, and hoping that his beloved Cubs will actually win a World Series one day.
Frank Fraboni - Anchor / Reporter
FRANK FRABONI comes to WLOS from Greensboro, North Carolina, where he has lived and worked for the past 10 years. Before moving to the mountains, he was employed at WLOS' sister stations, WXLV and WUPN where he anchored the evening newscasts.
Frank first moved to North Carolina in 1983, landing a position as a reporter and anchor for Park Broadcasting's legendary WNCT-TV in Greenville. His story assignments included President Ronald Reagan's visit to Camp LeJeune after the Beirut bombing, deadly hurricanes and tornado's and the annual ritual of the tobacco market. He then moved to Winson-Salem as a bureau chief for WXII-TV, covering everything from wildfires in the mountains to KKR's $31 billon takeover of RJR Nabisco, the largest commercial buyout in American history at the time.
His career then took him to Tampa, Florida where he anchored weekends for WFLA-TV before moving across town to anchor mornings at WFTS-TV, a brand new ABC affiliate owned by Scripps Howard Broadcasting, right across the street from the Buccaneer's Tampa Stadium. It was here that he interviewed such notable figures at New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, Former Vice President Al Gore, and ABC's Charles Gibson and Joan Lunden.
After 8 years in the sunshine state, Frank returned to North Carolina, the place he's raised his four children and called home for more than 16 years. Upon his return, he replaced long time broadcaster Lee Kinard as the evening anchor at WFMY-TV before joining Sinclair Broadcasting in Winston-Salem.
Frank's award winning career spans more than 20 years with honors for his reporting and anchoring. Frank began his broadcasting career at his hometown station WGMF in Watkins Glen, New York at the age of 16. There, he mentored under a retired writer from the Reuters' news service. He went on to study broadcasting and journalism at SUNY College in Buffalo. During an internship, Frank worked undercover with an investigative reporter at WIVB-TV. Their work resulted in several honors, including UPI's Best Investigation Award for a story that captured New York Telephone workers routinely drinking on the job. Frank went on to receive awards for Best Newscast from the Associated Press in Greenville and Best Feature from The Society of Professional Journalists in Tampa where he documented the plight of the homeless by living for three days on Tampa's city streets.
Frank spends most of his free time with his wife Sara and their four children traveling and visiting family in Eastern North Carolina. He enjoys volunteering at the children's schools and staying active in the community. He's an active member of his catholic church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Frank is an avid outdoors man and loves boating, skiing, fishing and camping.
"North Carolina is our home," according to Frank. I've lived up and down the east coast and there's nowhere else I'd rather be. The people are warm and friendly and nothing beats a Carolina blue sky.
Frank Kracher - Anchor / Reporter
FRANK KRACHER is a familiar face to WLOS viewers all around Western North Carolina. Frank returns to the News 13 anchor desk on weekends at six oclock and eleven oclock . You will also be able to see him out reporting weeknights. Frank first joined WLOS-TV in 1998 as an anchor and soon added Managing Editor to his duties. After seven years with the News 13 team, he decided to expand his professional career to become News Director and Main Anchor at WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York.
Frank started his 30-year broadcasting career in the small town of Austin, Minnesota - where he did it all - anchoring, reporting, shooting and editing his own stories, he even tried some sportscasting. From there he moved on to Cincinnati, San Francisco, Seattle, followed by our Wonderful Land Of Sky.
Frank is the recipient of many honors, including the George Foster Peabody award, for excellence in reporting of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and was born and raised in snowy Chicago. He prefers our relatively milder mountain winters.
Frank and his wife " artist Barbara Fisher - make their home in the historic Montford community of Asheville. Their daughter Melissa - a North Carolina State graduate - lives in Brooklyn, New York and works in the fashion industry.
Over the years Frank has been involved in a variety of community activities including the Women At Risk jail diversion program, the Eliada Home orphanage and assistance for troubled families, Project Access providing affordable health care for the needy and promotion of the Asheville YMCA. Frank says, Returning to the mountains is a dream come true. The News 13 family and our family of viewers have always provided me a warm welcome that is much appreciated. Its good to be home.
Holly Headrick - Anchor / Reporter
HOLLY HEADRICK is a native of Western North Carolina. Now people in the mountains can wake up to Holly as she anchors News 13 Weekday Mornings and you can watch her on News 13 at Noon.
Holly also knows her way around the newsroom as she had worked as a producer and assignment editor at WLOS before going on-air. She returned to the mountains after reporting at WWAY-TV in Wilmington, NC. During her time there, she received the Associated Press Rookie of the Year award in 2001.
Holly is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill where she earned a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She was also recognized as an award winning journalist while in school by the Society of Professional journalists and Hearst Foundation.
Holly grew up watching News 13 and is excited to be a part of WLOS. She has worked with local law enforcement agencies on her Fugitive Files segment, which has helped collar dozens of accused criminals.
In her spare time, Holly enjoys spending time with her family and friends and snowboarding, and traveling.
Hope Hanselman - Reporter
Hope Hanselman joined the WLOS News 13 team in June of 2014 as a reporter for weekend mornings and weekday newscasts. Hope came to WLOS after working as a weekend anchor and reporter in Fargo, North Dakota.
So, is she in love with the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina? Yeah, you betcha!
Besides the blinding snowstorms, bitter cold, floods, and tornadoes, Hope was there when a North Dakota oil train exploded in a small, rural town. She also exposed a secret community of married couples practicing slavery and covered the rapid growth during North Dakota’s oil boom.
Before working in Fargo, Hope was a reporter in San Luis Obispo, California. That’s also where she graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Hope was raised in California, but feels right at home in Asheville’s breathtaking views and welcoming community. She’s thrilled to be telling your stories. Please send her a message on Facebook, Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Allstaedt - Anchor
INGRID ALLSTAEDT is the Morning and Noon Weather Anchor for News 13. She's a Western North Carolina native and proud graduate of the University of North Carolina Asheville. A summer internship with News 13 while in college solidified her dreams of a career in news.
Ingrid has worked at TV stations in Raleigh and Eugene, Oregon. She returned to the mountains in 2010 as a Reporter, focusing on Rutherford, Polk and McDowell Counties. She was then promoted to Weekend Anchor and reported on stories and weather across the mountains. Ingrid is elated to work at her home town station, near family and friends.
Ingrid has been recognized for her work by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas and the National Press Photographers Association.
During college, Ingrid was a dedicated member of UNCA's cross country and track teams. She still enjoys running around the mountains, along with kickboxing and cycling. Ingrid and her husband, John, love living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Send her an email with a weather photo or story idea, or to just say "Hi!
Jaclyn DeAugustino - Traffic
Jaclyn DeAugustino is a Traffic Reporter. You can see her on News 13 with the latest road updates each weekday starting at 5pm.
Jaclyn has covered the 2013 Major Golf Championship's for The Golf Channel. She also worked in Orlando and covered, most notably, the trial of George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin.
Jaclyn graduated from The University of Florida with a degree in Telecommunications News. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, dancing and college football(Go Gators!). She also likes sampling Asheville's amazing food, spending time with her wonderful family, and visiting the beach.
Jason Boyer - Chief Meteorologist
JASON BOYER is News 13's Chief Meteorologist.
Jason returned to Western North Carolina in October 2009 as Chief meteorologist for WLOS & WMYA. Hes a familiar face to many in the region. Jason was the Weekend Meteorologist for News 13 in 2002 & 2003. With stops in Chattanooga and most recently Denver, hes proud to call the Blue Ridge home once again.
With a passion for weather that started in childhood, Jason pursued his dream of being a meteorologist and graduated from The University of Illinois while studying Atmospheric Science. Interning at a radio station while still in school and later at a television station, Jason realized that he was best suited as a Broadcast Meteorologist.
From blizzards to hurricanes, forecasting across the Western Carolinas is challenging. With his experience, Jason is up to the challenge, but says his favorite weather is partly cloudy with a temperature of 70.
Jason and his wife Sandi welcomed their son Hudson in December of 2011. When he isnt playing dad, Jason enjoys playing a round of golf, or hiking a mountain trail. If you want to strike up a conversation with him on the street, you can ask him about the weather, but he loves talking about his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals as well!
Jay Siltzer - Anchor / Reporter
JAY SILTZER, News 13 morning anchor, joined WLOS in 1999. Jay is in his 25th year in the news business.
After co-anchoring morning news for News 13, Jay provides health stories for News 13 at 5 p.m.
Also a meteorologist, Jay completed the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the AMS Seal of Approval for Television and the AMS Seal of Approval for Radio. Friends call him "Stormy" because outdoor conditions are often at their worst when he fills in at the weather desk.
A 1989 graduate of Lander University with a bachelor's degree in political science, Jay previously worked as a reporter for WVLT-TV in Knoxville, TN; WJHL-TV in Johnson City, TN; and The Index-Journal newspaper in Greenwood, SC.
Since joining News 13, he has followed the oldest-ever Tarheel voter to the polls, covered the capture of Eric Rudolph, and witnessed the execution of a death-row inmate.
When he’s not working, Jay often shares his experience as a cancer survivor with school, civic, and church groups. A widower, Jay lives in Henderson County with his son, Malachi. They are active parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church and share their home with Caper, a destructive tabby cat.
Jeff Augram - Traffic
JEFF AUGRAM - Jeff Augram has spent most of his life in the Asheville area and has been involved in the emergency services field since becoming a volunteer fire fighter in 1974. From there, he worked for two years with EMS before moving to the mountains. Once he came to the mountains, Jeff was hired by the City of Asheville as a Public Safety Officer for the Airport. That is when he went through Basic Law Enforcement Training and became state certified as a police officer.
Jeff became Asheville's first traffic reporter in March 21, 1988 during the upgrading of the old cross town expressway to meet interstate standards (what is now I 240) on radio stations WWNC-AM and WKSF-FM during AM and PM drive times. Jeff patrolled the area in a vehicle equipped with 5 different two way radios and responded direct to incidents when they occurred, reporting on traffic conditions via cellular technology. He was proud to serve in this capacity for 23 years and has earned awards from the Asheville Police Department as well as the Cellular Telephone Industry Association.
Jeff worked his way through the ranks of Public Safety and currently serves as Chief of Public Safety for the Asheville Regional Airport and is responsible for their Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting services.
Jeff is married to Robin, who works for the Highway Patrol and enjoys spending time with her and her son, Branson McCoy. They live in Fairview with their two black labs and a cat that thinks he owns them. Jeff is active in his church and serves on the board of directors for the Fairview Fire Department. Jeff is excited to bring his knowledge of our area roadways along with the high tech benefits of Total Traffic and is honored to become part of the News 13 morning team.
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Jennifer Emert - Reporter
JENNIFER EMERT is an award winning investigative reporter.
She comes to Asheville from CBS46, WGCL-TV in Atlanta, GA where her oil change investigation exposed a company charging customers for work they didn’t do.
She’s also worked as an investigative reporter with WIS the NBC affiliate in Columbia, SC, after spending seven years as a general assignments and investigative reporter at WIS’ sister station, WALB, in Albany, GA.
She was hired at WIS as an investigative reporter and has been known for her job in digging deeper into the finances and curriculum changes at Sumter School District, investigating issues with the Richland County election debacle in 2012, and uncovering the underhanded side-effects of poor management at Columbia’s Dorn VA hospital, among many other investigative pieces.
Jennifer grew up just north of Pittsburgh, PA and loves anything outdoor related.
If you want to blow the whistle on mismanagement, abuse of power, injustice, or just need someone to hold the powerful accountable and get answers for you… connect with Jennifer on email or social media.
Jerrika Insco - Reporter
JERRIKA INSCO is an award winning Reporter covering Western North Carolina Monday through Friday on the early evening and late news on WLOS and WYMA.
Jerrika is a Kentucky native, who worked as a reporter in Lexington and Hazard before joining our team. While there, she covered a variety of stories, including deadly tornados and people in the mountains of eastern Kentucky without running water. She also investigated living conditions at the U.S. Army Cadet Corps National Training Center in Millersburg. She earned two Kentucky Associated Press awards for Best Spot News and Best Continuing Coverage.
Jerrika graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Journalism and Communications. Outside of the hustle and bustle of news, she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She loves to explore the outdoor and looks forward to hiking the mountains of Western North Carolina. She also likes trying different restaurants, when she’s not cooking.
Jerrika wants to connect with you on social media, so feel free to tweet or Facebook message her with story ideas.
John Le - Reporter
JOHN LE prides himself on being a mountain storyteller. He approaches each assignment with a combination of creativity and compassion.
Over the years, John's most memorable interviews include actor Ben Affleck, entertainer Donnie Osmond, fruit-slamming comedian Gallagher, Jeff Foxworthy, Phyllis Diller, the Smothers Brothers, Joe Pesci, Whitman Mayo (Grady from "Sanford and Son"), and fitness guru Richard Simmons.
But the everyday people of Western North Carolina are the stories he enjoys most... subjects who reveal everything from tearful emotion to humor.
"Each piece is a journey that I learn something from," says John, who came to News 13 in 1996. Those daily "journeys" have been recognized by organizations throughout the region.
He's earned 6 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, including "Best Writer" three years in a row. The Radio Television Digital News Association named him North Carolina "Reporter of the year" three times(2007, 2009, 2010). John's also received six awards from the NC Associated Press (two for best news writer). In 2011, John won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Writing.
John shares those honors with News 13's fine photography staff and the people who share their stories each night.
John's lovely wife Alicia grew up in Brevard. They have a son Korey, who's a rising young tennis star! Two dogs and a cat round out the Le family.
He is originally from Orange County in sunny Southern California, where he majored in Broadcast Journalism at Cal State Northridge. His humble beginnings included a memorable stint as a reporter in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at ABC affiliate KHOG (yep, he called it "the pig").
Back in the day, John teamed up on community college news productions with Will Ferrell. Ferrell eventually became a famous comedian on "Saturday Night Live" and movies.
Jon Ostendorff - Reporter
Jon Ostendorff joined the WLOS News Team in 2015 as an investigative reporter.
He comes to News 13 from the Asheville Citizen-Times , where he started his journalism career in 1999. He has also worked as the North Carolina correspondent for USA Today.
He won an open government award from the Associated Press in 2015 for an investigation into the Asheville Police Department's use of surveillance video. In 2014, he was part of a team that won a N.C. Press Association award for an investigation into a car wreck involving the son of the Asheville police chief. He won a Public Service Award from the state Press Association in 2009 for series on landslides and steep slope development in the mountains.
Jon is a native of Greenville, S.C., and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also a graduate of Brevard College.
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Justin Hinton - Reporter
JUSTIN HINTON is an award winning reporter.
He comes to News 13 from our sister station KFDM in Beaumont, TX where he was a Reporter. During his time there, he won an AP award for his coverage of the Beaumont Independent School District.
Before that, he was chosen as one of 10 people nationwide to work in Dallas with NBC as a News Associate. Justin has also covered stories in Egypt and Korea.
Born and raised in San Diego, Justin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Mass Communications and is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Justin is always looking to tell great stories, so feel free to shoot him an email or connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.
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Karen Wynne - Meteorologist
KAREN WYNNE is News 13's Weekend Meteorologist and a Reporter focusing on environmental issues.
Before coming to WLOS, Karen was part of an award winning weather team at News 13's sister station in Charleston, West Virginia. She was named Best Weather caster by the West Virginia Associated Press in 2006.
Her weather casts have the seal of approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. She appreciates the challenges of forecasting weather in mountainous regions.
Since coming to Western North Carolina, Karen has been moved by the beauty of the mountains and the friendly people who live here. Karen, her husband and daughter enjoy all that the area has to offer.
Kimberly King - Reporter
Kim is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning reporter for WLOS. During her recent time at News 13, Kim broke the story of a grand jury's indictment of Kenneth Guthrie for murder. Guthrie was charged after his former girlfriend Jacqueline Maybin died in 2012. Guthrie was convicted of brutally beating Maybin in 1991 leaving her a quadriplegic. But just three days after the murder charges were filed, the prosecutor was forced to drop the 22-year-old case after discovering an old statute prevented it from going forward.
Kim has covered a range of stories from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York to a seven-year-long investigation into the murder of Indiana University sophomore and cyclist, Jill Berhman.
Kim is known for her tenacity covering a range of issues from social injustice and racism, to crime and consumer fraud. Kim has exposed medical mistakes where patients died as a result of medical malpractice. One investigation revealed the extensive record of an emergency room surgeon who had more malpractice payouts than any physician in the state. Kim's investigation found state officials renewing his license year after year, despite nearly two million dollars in settlements. Following Kim's report, the physician closed his practice and stopped performing surgeries. Kim's consumer investigations have explored the lucrative exotic pet industry where on-line dealers illegally sell deadly venomous snakes to anyone with a valid credit card. She's investigated government waste, including police officers earning over $100,000 a year taking advantage of overtime slush funds. The story resulted in new overtime restrictions on officers.
Kim has received numerous awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. She recently had the opportunity to interview music legend Dolly Parton in Pigeon Forge. A Thoroughbred enthusiast and lifetime rider, Kim served as an executive director for the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation(TRF) and CANTER(www.canterusa.org) which helps find Thoroughbreds second careers after their race days are over.
Kim is a new member of the Blue Ridge Bicycle club helping raise awareness of the many health benefits of cycling in Western North Carolina. Kim has worked at stations in Dallas, Indianapolis, and Lexington, Kentucky. She grew up in New York, attended the Chapin School and graduated from Southern Methodist University.
Kristine Frazao - Reporter
Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience. As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America. She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well. Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.
She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission. She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.
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Larry Blunt - Anchor
LARRY BLUNT arrived at News 13 in 2005 from Denver but he was no stranger to viewers in Western NC and Upstate SC.
He Anchors the 6pm and 11pm weekday newscasts on WLOS-TV and the 10pm on WMYA-TV.
In Western NC his reporting has exposed loopholes in state law that allowed building homes on contaminated sites, led to a county ordinance to better protect public health and held public officials accountable.
Prior to Denver where Larry was a Weekend Anchor and Reporter, his investigative/consumer reporting in Upstate SC saved consumers thousands of dollars by revealing the misuse of taxpayers money by a top County Administrator and exposed scams and bad business dealings.
His career has led to memorable encounters with a man the FBI named the "Reputed Mafia Boss" in Kansas City, a business fronting for the Church of Scientology and prominent national stories such as the Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine H.S. massacre, F-5 tornado destruction killing dozens of people in Oklahoma in 1999 and the Susan Smith murder trial in SC. But lately there's another dimension of Larry's work that has impacted viewers with heartfelt stories. Every Friday his "Person of the Week" features those who inspire and make a difference in their communities.
His work has been honored with dozens of state, regional and national awards including EMMY's, National Headliner, Society of Professional Journalists, Radio Television News Directors Association and Associated Press.
He’s also been inducted into the “Silver Circle”, one of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences [NATAS] Southeast Chapter’s most prestigious awards, honoring a lifetime of achievement and dedication to the television industry.
Outside of journalism, Larry has volunteered for “Meals on Wheels” delivering to shut-ins, the “Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.” and Co-hosts the annual “Friends of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park” Telethon and “Asheville Christmas Parade”.
He is frequently called on to speak and emcee community events.
In his personal life, Larry and his wife Jan have four (grown) children. He’s also a U.S. Navy Veteran, graduate of Purdue University at Fort Wayne and is a federally and tribally recognized member of the Cherokee Nation. He's happy to now be living near the Eastern Band of Cherokee and in Asheville, but as a fourth generation Oklahoman he will always be proud to be an "Okie From Muskogee" (for those who remember the song!)
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Lauren Brigman - Reporter
LAUREN BRIGMAN is the Morning and Noon Reporter for News 13. A native of Western North Carolina, she is proud to be a part of the news station she grew up watching.
Lauren is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where she earned a degree in Electronic Media/Broadcasting. While in school she was awarded the Dr. John R. Bittner Scholarship by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas, recognizing her accomplishments as a young journalist.
Lauren joined the WLOS news team in May of 2013, as the Morning Traffic Reporter. Now reporting in the field, you can catch her reports each weekday morning beginning at 5am and on News 13 at Noon. She is also the host of the Pet Pals segment, helping local animal shelters find forever homes for their pets.
During her college career she managed Appalachian State's campus radio station for two years, was a member of The Honors College, National Broadcasting Society, W.H. Plemmons Fellow, and a Student Ambassador. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
Luke Notestine - Sports Anchor
LUKE NOTESTINE joined the News 13 staff in January of 2013. He is thrilled to cover sports throughout Western North Carolina.
Luke comes to News 13 from his hometown of Dayton, Ohio where he was an award winning journalist for WKEF/WRGT, the ABC/FOX affiliates. He worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter in Dayton for nearly five years. During his time in Ohio, Luke covered the Ohio State Buckeyes, Dayton Flyers, Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.
Luke is no stranger to the Tar Heel State. In 2004 he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.
When Luke is not working, you can find him eating his favorite foods, working off the calories in the gym, playing golf and soccer, or dominating his friends and family in Ping Pong (the real life version and on Nintendo Wii). Feel free to say hello to Luke if you see him around town.
Rex Hodge - Reporter
REX HODGE is thrilled to join WLOS-TV as the station's bureau reporter in Waynesville and to make the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina home.
Rex started his career in television news in the early '80's after growing up in Connecticut and graduating from Emerson College in Boston .
He followed opportunities that took him to stations across the country including Virginia , Missouri , Pennsylvania, and Florida. Most recently he anchored the evening news for the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee.
While anchoring and reporting for the University of Missouri-owned, KOMU-TV, he earned his Masters degree in Journalism and reported and produced a special program on Native Americans that won a national Emmy Award. He also traveled to war-torn Bosnia shooting and reporting a series of stories that went on to win a noted documentary festival. For his producing and hosting of a public affairs show in Virginia, he won a prestigious Telly award as well.
Rex met his wife Debra in Haywood County. They both enjoy spending time with family and friends and their several rescue animals. You might also find them riding bikes or dancing, or find Rex on the tennis courts.
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Sheila Gray - Special Correspondent
Special Correspondent Sheila Gray reports on issues affecting women and families in Sinclair Broadcast Groups Family 411 reports.
Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV. She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.
Sheilas next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.
She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.
Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.
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Stan Pamfilis - Sports Director
STAN PAMFILIS, Sports Director, first joined News 13 WLOS more than 35 years ago, in 1979.
Prior to anchoring the sports reports here at News 13, Stan wore many hats at WJHG-TV in Panama City, Florida. He was the Weatherman, News Anchor, Talk Show Host and Sports Director. During his career in Western North Carolina, Stan has also worked as the play-by-play announcer for Western Carolina University's Catamount football and basketball.
Born March 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia, Stan graduated from the University of Georgia.
Stan spends most of his spare time on the golf course but he also enjoys weightlifting, history and going to the movies.
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Tammy Watford - Anchor
TAMMY WATFORD currently anchors the 5:00, 5:30 and 6:30 news programs, and is well known at schools across the mountains for her education stories called, "Never Stop Learning." Tammy enjoys learning from the students and teachers she meets in her daily reports. It's a hands-on series, meaning you can often find her digging in a garden, participating in a science experiment or getting involved in field day activities alongside the youngsters. Watch "Never Stop Learning" Monday's on News 13 at 6pm and Tuesdays through Thursdays on News 13 at 5pm.
Before moving to the mountains, Tammy worked at television stations in Alabama and Florida. After graduating from Troy State University, she landed her first job at WCFT in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Four years later the Do than, Alabama, native accepted a job in Tallahassee at WCTV-6. In 1993, she arrived in Asheville just ahead of the "Storm of the Century."
Tammy has won several awards in communications including the North Carolina Association of Educators' 2002 School Bell Award for excellence in coverage of education issues. She also received Associated Press Awards for Best Newscast in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Tammy also captured the AP's Best photographer award while working in Tuscaloosa.
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Zack Green - Meteorologist
ZACK GREEN is the Weekend Morning Meteorologist for News 13. He also reports during the week.
Zack found a passion for broadcast meteorology during an internshipat a station in Rhode Island. He comes to Asheville from Montana where he was the Morning Meteorologist and Co-host of Montana This Morning for KRTV in Great Falls.
Zack enjoys adventure. He took a journey to Sri Lanka to care for elephants. He also backpacked through India and Nepal. You’ll find him out and about on the trails or at the nearby basketball court!
If you ever want to chat about weather, or simply say hi, be sure to connect with Zack on Twitter or Facebook.
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